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Questionable Spread in Spurs-Kings

If you’re looking for polar opposite franchises in the NBA, look no further than the San Antonio Spurs and Sacramento Kings.

The Spurs have made the playoffs in 19 straight seasons and 26 of the last 27. The Kings haven’t been there since 2006, and they’re -800 to miss the postseason again in 2016-17.

As the squads prepare to face off in each team’s second game of the new campaign, it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that the Spurs have dominated this series in recent years. San Antonio is 9-1 SU in its previous 10 meetings with the Kings, with the Spurs covering the spread in four of the last five instances.

Gregg Popovich’s crew have done so with highly efficient scoring and stingy defense. San Antonio has averaged 104.9 points per game in its last 10 vs. Sacramento, while the Kings are well behind at 94 PPG.

UNDER bettors, take note: seven of those contests have gone below the closing total. Oddsmakers initially set the OVER/UNDER for the game at 206, but it had been bet down to 203 at the time of writing.

Still on the fence about the Spurs? San Antonio was tabbed as an 8.5-point underdog in its season-opening tilt against the mighty Golden State Warriors, and all the Spurs did was blow them out of the water in a 129-100 romp. You see some questionable lines early on in the NBA season, and the -8.5 number in favor of San Antonio seems to fit the bill.

The Kings will be fired up after they christen the flashy new Golden 1 Center, but don’t expect that to help their on-court play. Starting point guard Darren Collison is suspended for the first eight games of the season as a result of a domestic violence charge, leaving the underwhelming Ty Lawson at the one spot in his place. There's simply not enough talent across the board for Sacramento to hang with the Spurs.

This team has been pathetically bad over the years, and I expect the Spurs to roll to an easy victory in Sactown tonight.