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NBA Focus: Spurs are an ATS Gold Mine

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The high-flying Golden State Warriors may be hogging the spotlight in the NBA Western Conference this season, but the San Antonio Spurs have been quietly flying under the radar in what’s been a phenomenal year so far in the Lone Star State. In other words, it’s business as usual for the most consistent and well-run organization in pro sports over the last two decades.

San Antonio (36-6 SU) is chugging along at a potentially record-setting pace as we approach the midpoint of the 2015-16 campaign. With their eyes set on an amazing eighteenth-straight postseason appearance, it’s time hoops bettors properly took note of just how profitable Gregg Popovich’s squad has been.

Through January 19, the Spurs ranked as the best bet in the NBA at 29-13 ATS. The confines of AT&T Center have been especially friendly to Tim Duncan and company, as the Spurs have yet to lose on home court in 24 appearances and are a solid 17-7 ATS in front of their hometown fans.

Heading into Thursday’s road matchup with the lowly Phoenix Suns, the Spurs own the best point differential in the NBA (15.1), which has them on pace to shatter the all-time record set by the ’72 Lakers (12.3). They boast the league’s best defense (it’s not even close) and have an extremely versatile rotation, evidenced by every player on the roster owning a +10 or better net rating.

San Antonio leads the league in double-digit wins (28, five more than everyone else) and 20+ point wins (15, six more than everyone else), a big reason they’ve been so great at the betting window. The Spurs have been favored by 10 points or more on 19 occasions this year and have covered the spread in 14 of those affairs.

The window is closing on the Tim Duncan/Tony Parker/Manu Ginobli three headed monster to add yet another ring to the collection, however general manager R.C. Buford has set the team up well for the future thanks to the emergence of superstar small forward Kawhi Leonard and the addition of dynamic big man LaMarcus Aldridge in the offseason.

According to our NBA futures page, the Spurs are +240 to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy in June, directly behind the Warriors (+150) and in front of the Cleveland Cavaliers (+325).

It’s going to be a hell of a task for anyone to knock off either of those teams in the playoffs, but considering what we’ve seen from the Spurs dynasty over the years, it wouldn’t be surprising to see another banner raised to the rafters in San Antonio.

Regardless of what happens in the postseason, one thing is clear: NBA bettors need to believe in the Spurs.