Recapping Recent Team Performance
The Spurs have hovered somewhere around .500 all season. They started the season going 6-4 in their first ten. They then seemed to trade wins and losses more times than not. After their 6-4 start, they then went 3-7 and on Nov. 26, San Antonio was a game under .500. After losing their next four-of five, the Spurs reeled off four straight wins and were 10-3 over their last 13 games.
Basic Stat Facts
Although there is no overall advantage in shooting, as the Raptors are hitting 47.3% of their shots, and the Spurs 47.6%, San Antonio does have an edge when it comes to more specific stats. The Spurs are better on frees (82.3%-to-80.4%) and threes (39.7%-to-34.1%). However, Toronto is much better on two-point shots, hitting 55.5% to San Antonio’s 50.6%. However, any advantage the Spurs may seem to hold disappears when you consider how many shots per game they’ve made.
Toronto has made 11.3 three-point shots and San Antoni 9.7, giving the Raptors a slight advantage. The Raptors are almost even with the Spurs on free throws, as they are hitting 17.0 and their opponents 17.6 per game. Two-point shots come in at 31.1 per game for the visiting team and 32.4 for the home group. We’re calling this fairly even.
Home vs Away
Our San Antonio Spurs vs Toronto Raptors preview notes that the Raptors are a strong road team and the Spurs a solid home team. An advantage to San Antonio being at home might be found if Toronto was in the midst or at the end of long and tough road trip. But that’s not the case. Neither team has recently played a slew of games either. We find the home/away edge to be minor in this game, but we do offer it to the Spurs due to their 15-5 record when playing home games. Toronto is not quite as strong, as they are 13-7 when playing on the road.
Edge: San Antonio
San Antonio Spurs vs Toronto Raptors Preview Picks
Our San Antonio Spurs vs Toronto Raptors preview and free picks finds that the Raptors have an edge in terms of depth. However, Toronto PG Kyle Lowry, who is a better playmaker than any other backcourt player on San Antonio, is out, while Spurs’ SG and playmaker DeMar DeRozan is in. That fact certainly gives the Spurs an advantage. This San Antonio Spurs vs Toronto Raptors preview likes San Antonio at -1.5. We’re also going with the over at 217.