NBA Betting: Los Angeles Lakers at San Antonio Spurs

NBA Betting:  Los Angeles Lakers at San Antonio Spurs

The NBA regular season has ended and action will resume this weekend as the playoffs get under way. The Los Angeles Lakers managed to qualify for the postseason despite a disappointing campaign that culminated with the season ending injury to superstar Kobe Bryant. Still, thanks to a few fortuitous breaks they managed to not only make the playoffs but grab the #7 seed. They’ll head to San Antonio to begin the playoffs against the Spurs who finished with the #2 overall seed.

There isn’t much optimism among basketball fans regarding the Lakers’ prospects for a long playoff run and that’s clearly reflected in the series price. The Spurs are a a whopping -1000 favorite to beat the Lakers and advance with takeback on the underdogs at +650. That’s hard to argue with–even had Kobe not been injured they would have faced an uphill battle to get past the deep and experienced Spurs. Our interest, however, is in the Game 1 pointspread–the Spurs are installed as a -9 point favorite with the total set at 190. That sure seems high given the unimpressive way that San Antonio finished the season–over the past month they were one of the worst pointspread propositions in the NBA failing to cover 15 of their last 18 games. They did have to deal with a number of injuries down the stretch but it’s not like they were ‘phoning it in’–they were in a position to challenge for the top spot in the Western Conference but were unable to catch the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Don’t be surprised if San Antonio comes out ‘flat’ to open the postseason. They’ve got a lot of aging players that will be looking to ‘pace themselves’. Furthermore, they’ll likely be getting guard Manu Ginobili back from injury and they’ll have to work him back in to the flow. The Lakers are in the enviable position of having no expectations foist upon them. Word is that head coach Mike D’antoni will be retained for another season so they can play ‘loose’. We don’t expect the Lakers to upset the Spurs in the series but there’s plenty to suggest that they can stay inside this number.