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NBA Basketball Betting - Spurs at Lakers

NBA basketball betting handicappers are surprised to learn that the Spurs rather than the Lakers are the top dog in the Western Conference NBA sports betting race.
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NBA basketball betting respect continues to grow for San Antonio as they are looking like the team to beat in the West and a near certainty for the top seed in the NBA sports betting post season.

The Los Angeles Lakers will host the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night at the Staples Center in a highly important Western Conference showdown of power teams.  TNT will telecast the game at 10:30 PM ET and Sports Gambling will have the side and total odds for you so be sure and have your account open and read for action.

San Antonio had a record of 40-7 straight up and 28-17 -2 with the NBA lines and was the number one team in the Western Conference standings.  The Spurs were 13-6-1 against the spread on the road and were 12-8 over the total as a visitor.

San Antonio has shown exceptional balance as they ranked 5th in the NBA for offense and 11th on defense.  Manu Ginobili was leading the team in scoring with 18.8 points per game while Tim Duncan had 9.4 rebounds per outing.

The Lakers had a record of 33-14 straight up and 21-25-1 with the NBA betting odds.  Los Angeles was 10-14 against the spread at home with 16 of their 24 games going under the total.  Los Angeles ranked 7th in total offense and 10th in defense with Kobe Bryant leading the team in scoring with 25.1 points per game.

This is the second meeting of the season between these two teams.  The Spurs clobbered the Lakers for a 97-82 home payout on December 28 as the game went under the total.  San Antonio has covered 3 of the last 5 meetings between these two teams as the series has gone under the total in 5 consecutive games.

The Spurs have had a hard time of it at Los Angeles, however, with just 7 payouts in their last 18 visits overall and 4 losses in their last 5 away games against the Lakers.  The series has gone under the total in 5 of the last 6 NBA basketball betting matchups at Staples Center.