NBA FREE Play - RAPTORS vs SPURS
This is a FREE play on the Toronto Raptors.
Just two weeks ago, the Raptors had only four wins over the first six weeks of the season, since then they have won five straight. Injuries to two of their best players haven't seemed to slow them down, in fact, since Kyle Lowry and Andrea Bargnani went down, the Raptors have been a much better team.
Jose Calderon has done an excellent job filling in at the point, he's averaged 14.2 points and 10.7 assists over his last six games. DeMar DeRozan has also stepped up his game, he's the Raptors leading scorer, averaging 18 points per game this year. He has been very successful in previous games against the Spurs, averaging 27.8 points in his last four games versus San Antonio.
The Raptors pushed the Spurs to the brink the last time these two teams faced each other, losing a thriller in double overtime by a score of 111-106 in San Antonio. DeRozan scored 29 points in that game, while starting center Jonas Valunciunas also chipped in with a career high 22 points. Valunciunas will not be available in this Boxing Day matchup, he's sidelined with a broken finger.
While the Raptors are banged up, they do have a history of playing well against the Spurs. San Antonio has only covered the points in three of the previous 10 head to head meetings between these teams. Today's spread is far higher than it was in any of those previous games.
It might not be that easy for the Spurs to get up for a game against the Raptors on the day after Christmas, and we could see a sluggish performance from the Spurs. If they do come out and build a big lead, it would not be surprising to see Popovich rest his aging stars in the second half.
The line opened with the Spurs as a 14 point favorite, but has since been bet down to 13 at most books. The Raptors have not lost any of their previous 10 meetings with the Spurs by more than 11 points.
With history on their side, going up against a Spurs team that doesn't really have anything to prove, with a coach that isn't shy about resting his veterans, I like the Raptors getting over a dozen points.
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- August 9, 2015 - 8:00 PM
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- bookmaker @ -2.5 -110 Minnesota
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Minnesota Vikings -2 1/2 8:00 EST
1* Free Play Minnesota Vikings.
What you see is what you get each year from Pittsburgh, which builds through the draft, doesn’t sign a lot of free agents and basically comes at you. How much Ben Roethlisberger has left is a question asked every September given the number of hits he takes. The biggest change will be at defensive coordinator, where legend Dick Lebeau is gone – which may mean the LBs will be freer to attack the pocket.
The Vikes have Adrian Peterson back and things seem to have calmed down a bit in Minnesota. But then again, Mike Wallace has been on board for only a few months. Vikes are looking for a huge Year 2 improvement from Teddy Bridgewater and if they get it they can make things sticky in the North.
In 2014/15 the Steelers were 1-3 SU/ATS in the preseason and in 2013/14 they were 0-4 SU/ATS. After missing the playoffs in 2013/14, Pittsburgh returned last year only to lose 30-17 to the Ravens in the Wildcard round. Mike Tomlin has clearly not been very worried about winning in the preseason the last few years.
Last year the Vikes went 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS in the preseason, after going 1-3 SU/ATS in 2013/14 and 1-3 SU/ATS in 2012/13. For a team which is desperately trying to get back to the playoffs, the preseason suddenly becomes a lot more important.
There are many players on Minnesota which have something to prove, while Pittsburgh will surely be happy to just go through the motions and leave Canton without any significant injuries.
Minnesota would seem to be the more motivated team in this one, consider laying the short points.
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