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Recent History Shows Spurs are a Great Bet as Big Underdogs

If you looked up the term “model of consistency” in the dictionary, you’d likely find the logo of the San Antonio Spurs.

Nineteen straight playoff appearances. Five championships. A legendary head coach in Gregg Popovich. The best front office in the NBA. An enviable amount of young talent, depth and veteran experience.

So how, exactly, are the Spurs 8.5-point underdogs in the first game of the 2016-17 NBA season? Oh yeah, that’s right. I forgot about that team from Northern California.

Oddsmakers at Bovada are giving the Golden State Warriors a ton of respect, which isn’t much of a surprise. Any team that boasts a foursome like Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green is going to see huge spreads on a nightly basis.

But it’s extremely rare for San Antonio to be in this position in the first place. In the last seven years, the Spurs have been underdogs of 8.5 points or more on only six occasions. They managed to cover the spread four times, but lost all six outright.

Personally, I think history is going to repeat itself at Oracle Arena tonight. In my opinion, the Spurs are too talented to be getting that many points. They’re the New England Patriots of the NBA – no matter how much people doubt them, they always find a way to pull through at the betting window.

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Spurs as underdogs of +8.5 or more since 2009
DateAway teamHome teamAway scoreHome scoreSpreadSU resultATS result
Mar 26, 2016San AntonioOklahoma City92111-12.5LossLoss
Dec 20, 2014San AntonioDallas9399-10.5LossWin
Dec 15, 2014San AntonioPortland95108-9LossLoss
Nov 29, 2012San AntonioMiami100105-13LossWin
Apr 12, 2011San AntonioL.A. Lakers93102-12LossWin
Feb 3, 2009San AntonioDenver96104-12LossWin