San Antonio Spurs Betting and Team Guide
Betting on the San Antonio Spurs and the NBA in general can be a profitable hobby if you get to know each team properly. That’s the purpose of our team guides and this one is no exception. We take a close look at the Spurs as an organization and explore the latest news and betting odds for the latest NBA season.
San Antonio Spurs Betting in 2019-20
We’ll start off this guide with the 2019-20 NBA season and the San Antonio Spurs betting opportunities offered by the online bookmakers.
Latest San Antonio Spurs Odds for 2019-20
San Antonio Spurs to Win the 2020 NBA Championship+10000
San Antonio Spurs to Win the 2020 NBA Western Conference+5000
San Antonio Spurs to Win the 2020 NBA Southwest Division+1600
San Antonio Spurs Predictions for 2019-20
- Current Prediction: 38-41 wins, first-round exit in the playoffs
- Current Pick: No recommended bet
- Last Updated: January 3rd
For the first time since 1997, the San Antonio Spurs are in jeopardy of missing out on postseason basketball. Gregg Popovich and his men lost eight straight games in the middle of November, and only two players (DeMar DeRozan, Bryn Forbes) have started all 33 of the team’s games.
With that being said, I still think San Antonio will sneak their way into the playoffs due to how poor the bottom half of the Western Conference is.
- Previous San Antonio Spurs Predictions
- Prediction: 45-50 wins with the potential for more, if Murray and Walker IV improve.
- Pick: No recommended bet
The bookmakers placed the regular season wins line at 45-46 wins which is pretty much where I expect the San Antonio Spurs to be. The team has a lot of depth and some solid players, but the lack of star power seems like a big issue.
Both LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan are excellent players, but are they good enough to lead the franchise to something more than a first or second round exit in the Western Conference? I think the answer is no, based on what the competition has.
The summer has been full of big moves and changes in the NBA, but the Spurs weren’t involved in any of the blockbuster trades. The team quietly re-signed Rudy Gay and added DeMarre Carroll, hoping that the returning Dejounte Murray and the other youngsters will progress this season.
Marcus Morris was expected to join the team as well, but he went to New York to play for the Knicks. Even without him, the Spurs should be better than last year. They aren’t exactly a contender for the NBA Championship or the Western Conference title, but the Southwest Division is entirely possible.
The Houston Rockets are the favorites, while many expect the Dallas Mavericks to improve dramatically. And yet, the team that should have the smoothest transition from last season are the Spurs and they have a couple of players that could help them improve dramatically.
That’s why the odds of +400 for the Spurs to win the division might be worth a shot.
San Antonio Spurs News and Updates
January 3rd, by Michael Wynn
Lonnie Walker IV scored 16 points in 21 minutes in Thursday night’s loss to the Thunder, marking the first time he has scored in double figures or played more than 20 minutes since December 14th. Lonnie is a bit blocked out of getting regular minutes with Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, and Patty Mills all still ahead of him on the depth chart.
- Previous News and Updates
October 16, by Jerry Summer
The San Antonio Spurs lost their three preseason games so far and the offense of the team has been worrying, to say the least. On the other hand, Popovich has been experimenting with the lineups and it’s hard to draw too many conclusions.
I would prefer to wait for the first couple of games from the regular season. I believe the Spurs will look much better.
July 22, by Jerry Summer
Tim Duncan is returning to the Spurs! The legendary player will become an assistant for Gregg Popovich and will try to help his former coach lift the current team. Considering his understanding of the game and discipline, that’s hardly a surprise.
July 11, by Jerry Summer
It seems that Marcus Morris won’t be joining the Spurs after verbally agreeing on a deal earlier this summer. The forward will instead become a Knicks player, if the speculations are true. That’s a big blow for the Spurs, as they traded Davis Bertans to clear cap space.
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The San Antonio Spurs in 2019-20
San Antonio Spurs Roster in 2019-20
Betting on the San Antonio Spurs without taking a hard look at the roster would be too risky, so let’s start with the list of players involved in the upcoming NBA season.
- Dejounte Murray – Guard
- Derrick White – Guard
- Patty Mills – Guard
- Keldon Johnson – Guard
- Quinndary Weatherspoon – Guard
- Travis Bader – Guard
- Kenny Williams – Guard
- DeMar DeRozan – Guard
- Bryn Forbes – Guard
- Marco Belinelli – Guard
- Quincy Pondexter – Guard
- Lonnie Walker IV – Guard
- DeMarre Carroll – Forward
- Dante Cunningham – Forward
- Rudy Gay – Forward
- LaMarcus Aldridge – Forward
- Chimezie Metu – Forward
- Trey Lyles – Forward
- Donatas Motiejunas – Forward
- Luka Samanic – Forward
- Jakob Poeltl – Center
- Darel Poirier – Center
Projected Starting Lineup
Here are the players that are expected to start most of the Spurs games in 2019-20.
- Dejounte Murray Point Guard
- Derrick White Shooting Guard
- DeMar DeRozan Small Forward
- Rudy Gay Power Forward
- LaMarcus Aldridge Center
There are some question marks regarding the backcourt for the San Antonio Spurs, as Dejounte Murray will be returning from an injury. Some expect to see him pair up with Derrick White, while others believe that Bryn Forbes will be his partner.
Considering White’s improvement last year, we think he will get the nod on a regular basis. That would mean two excellent defenders in the guard positions, but both lack a bit of sharpness on the other end. Neither White nor Murray can shoot well from the outside, but they’re young and will continue to improve.
The main offensive load will be carried by DeRozan and Aldridge once again, with Rudy Gay adding some outside shooting that should provide spacing.
It’s not your typical Spurs lineup, as most of the offense will come from isolations rather than ball movement, but that’s what the current roster could offer.
The good news is that the defense should be better than last year with the return of Murray. He and White should protect the perimeter well.
Depth and Bench
We believe that the Spurs have great depth for the upcoming season. The likes of Bryn Forbes, Lonnie Walker IV, Patty Mills, and Marco Belinelli will contribute to the offense of the team, while Jakob Poeltl and DeMarre Carroll are solid players that can do a little bit of everything.
The overall sensation is that the Spurs’ coaching staff will have more than enough options provided there aren’t too many injuries.
San Antonio Spurs Staff in 2019-20
Since we mentioned the coaching staff, it’s time to take a look at the key personnel of the San Antonio Spurs for the 2019-20 season.
- Head Coach: Gregg Popovich
- Coaching Staff: Ettore Messina (Asst. Coach), Chip Engelland (Asst. Coach), Becky Hammon (Asst. Coach), Will Hardy (Asst. Coach), Will Sevening (Trainer), Tim Duncan (Asst. Coach)
- Ownership: Spurs Sports & Entertainment
- General Manager:C. Buford
Head coach Gregg Popovich hardly needs an introduction, as he is one of the best in the history of the league. Pop has a bunch of achievements and accolades and is personally responsible for a bunch of innovations in the NBA.
It’s interesting to note that Tim Duncan will be joining the coaching staff as an assistant for the 2019-20 season. The legendary player can certainly help the team with his experience and exceptional understanding of the game.
San Antonio Spurs Schedule in 2019-20
The NBA schedule always plays a role in each team’s performance. An experienced coach like Pop knows when to rest players and when to push hard, so you should consider this when betting on the Spurs.
The dates are not out yet, but once they are, we will share them all here and analyze the tough periods in the Spurs schedule.
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San Antonio Spurs Overview and Key Info
The San Antonio Spurs began as an ABA team, the Dallas Chaparrals, in 1967. But they headed south to become the Spurs in 1973.
The Spurs are fifth on the NBA’s list of championship teams after the Celtics, Lakers, Bulls, and Warriors with five NBA championship titles in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014. The Spurs franchise has also won 22 division titles and six conference titles. They’ve only had five seasons in the team’s history without post-season action.
Head coach Gregg Popovich was hired in 1996 and led the Spurs to all five championship wins. He’s been named the NBA Coach of the Year three times during his tenure with the franchise.
Here are the key facts about the San Antonio Spurs.
San Antonio Spurs – Key Info
- Current Team Location
- In San Antonio, Texas, since 1973
- Western Conference – Southwest
- AT&T Center
- G League Team
- Austin Spurs
- Team Value (Forbes 2018)
- $1.55 billion
San Antonio Spurs History
The San Antonio Spurs began in Dallas in 1967 as a member of the ABA, the American Basketball Association. The team was known as the Dallas Chaparrals and experimented with the Texas Chaparrals name before turning back to the Dallas moniker.
The Chaparrals made the playoffs during their first five seasons, including a trip to the division finals during their inaugural 1967-68 season. Regardless of the team’s performance on the court, the Dallas Chaparrals struggled to find and keep a fan base. So, a deal was made to “lease the team” to San Antonio for three years to see if an ownership group would step in and officially seal the deal.
San Antonio Gunslingers was the intended name, but the Chaparrals never played a game as the Gunslingers before they were called the Spurs. The Spurs were a hit in San Antonio, drawing big crowds and making the playoffs every year from 1973-74, their first in San Antonio, to 1983-84.
The Spurs played for three years as an ABA team. In 1976, the franchise became one of four to be admitted to the NBA, along with the Nuggets, Pacers, and Nets. San Antonio made ten straight playoff appearances and won five division titles in the first decade in South Texas.
Popovich and Championships
In 1996, current head coach Gregg Popovich was hired. In 1999, the Spurs finally earned a trip to the NBA Finals, and it was a successful one. The Spurs beat the New York Knicks in a 4-1 series with Tim Duncan named Finals MVP. The ’99 championship started a chain of events that included ten more division titles and three more NBA championships in 2003, ‘05, and ‘07.
Tim Duncan, again, was named Finals MVP of the Spurs’ second and third finals appearance, and Coach “Pop” was named Coach of the Year in 2003. In 2007, Tony Parker took the MVP title in the 4-0 finals sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In 2013, the Spurs faced the Miami Heat but lost in a 4-3 finals series, their first finals loss. The next season, they had a chance at redemption, as the Spurs and Heat were conference champions. This time, the Spurs were victorious in a 4-1 2014 NBA championship series win. Kawhi Leonard was the Finals MVP, and Gregg Popovich, once again, was named Coach of the Year.
Hall of Fame players
Since their inaugural season in 1967, the Spurs franchise has had ten players go on to Hall of Fame status.
The first Hall of Famer is Cliff Hagan (1967-69) who was inducted in 1978. The other nine include George Gervin (1974-85), Moses Malone (1994-95), Dominique Wilkins (1996-97), David Robinson (1989-03), Artis Gilmore (1982-87), Dennis Rodman (1993-95), Louie Dampier (1976-79), Tracy McGrady (2013), and Maurice Cheeks (1989-90). Coaches Larry Brown and Jerry Tarkanian are also inductees.
The Spurs have also had two NBA Rookies of the Year with Tim Duncan in 1998 and David Robinson in 1990. Both Duncan and Robinson were also the only two San Antonio players to be named NBA MVP as well. David Robinson received the designation in 1995, and Tim Duncan was honored in 2002 and 2003.
San Antonio Spurs Championships and Playoffs
- 5 NBA Championships: 2014, 2007, 2005, 2003, 1999
- 6 Conference Titles: 2014, 2013, 2007, 2005, 2003, 1999
- 22 Division Titles: 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1999, 1996, 1995, 1991, 1990, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1979, 1978
Home Court – AT&T Center
- Inaugurated: 2002
- Renovated: 2015
- Capacity: 18,418
- Former Names: SBC Center
The AT&T Center, formerly known as the SBC Center, was the Spurs’ replacement for the Alamodome. The Alamodome was primarily a football arena, and fans were excited to have a new facility with better sightlines and more of a basketball court feel. The Alamodome was so expansive that the Spurs used a court that was curtained off from the rest of the building.
AT&T Center is a multi-purpose arena that’s situated on the east side of San Antonio. It shares quarters with the Spurs and the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage. The facility offers more than 2,000 club seats and 50 suites and has been used for other events like PBR, WWE, and one-off shows.
- Venue Address: AT&T Center, One AT&T Center Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78219
- Mailing Address: San Antonio Spurs, c/o AT&T Center, One AT&T Center Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78219
- Phone: 210-444-5000
San Antonio Spurs Head Coaches
The first of 18 Spurs head coaches, Cliff Hagan, led the new Dallas Chaparrals ABA team to three playoff seasons. Hagan compiled a 109-90 (.548) record with a 7-8 win-loss in the playoffs.
While there were five other coaches — Max Williams, Bill Blakeley, Tom Nissalke, Babe McCarthy, and Dave Brown — in the pre-Spurs era, Cliff Hagan was the one coach to claim a winning record during his tenure with the Chaparrals.
Tom Nissalke was the first Spurs coach in San Antonio. Previously he coached the 1971-72 Dallas Chaparrals, but his 1973-74 season in San Antonio had a better outcome. Under Nissalke, the Spurs ended their regular season with a 63-49 record and went on to the division semifinals, ultimately losing to the Pacers.
Larry Brown is the only Hall of Fame coach in the franchise’s history, and no one aside from current head coach Gregg Popovich received NBA Coach of the Year recognition.
|Last 10 San Antonio Spurs Head Coaches|
|18 || 1996- ||Gregg Popovich||1245-575|| .684 ||170-114 ||0.500|| 2014, 07, 05, 03, 1999|
|16||1992-94||John Lucas II||94-49||.657||6-8||.428||–|
Bob Bass spent four different terms as the head coach for the Spurs in 1974-76, 1980, 1983-84, and 1992.
The story of the Spurs head coaches comes alive with the man currently holding the job, Gregg Popovich. “Pop” began his coaching career in 1973, but his first NBA position came in 1988 as an assistant with the Spurs. After four seasons, he went on to assistant coach with the Warriors before accepting his first head coaching job back with the Spurs.
Popovich is the 18th coach in the organization’s history. After the 2017-18 season, he has coached the most games (1738), has the best record (1197-541), and is the only coach to claim a championship with the Spurs. Coach Pop is behind all five of the team’s NBA championships (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014).
While no other Spurs coach has been named NBA Coach of the Year, Popovich received the honor three times. His first was in 2002-03, followed by 2011-12 and 2013-14.
San Antonio Spurs Last Five Seasons
|Season||Coach||Finish||W-L||%||Playoffs||Points Leader (avg/game)|
|2018-19 ||Gregg Popovich||2nd||48-34||.585 || Lost First Round|| LaMarcus Aldridge (21.3)|
|2017-18||Gregg Popovich||3rd||47-35||.573||Lost First Round||LaMarcus Aldridge (23.1)|
|2016-17||Gregg Popovich||1st||61-21||.744||Lost Conf Finals||Kawhi Leonard (25.5)|
|2015-16||Gregg Popovich||1st||67-15||.817||Lost Conf Semifinals||Kawhi Leonard (21.2)|
|2014-15||Gregg Popovich||3rd||55-27||.671||Lost First Round||Kawhi Leonard (16.5)|
San Antonio Spurs All-Time Career Leaders
|Average Pts/Game||George Gervin||27.34||1976-1985|
Many consider Tim Duncan to be one of the best power forwards in the league’s history. Duncan was a two-time consensus first-team All-American and ACC Player of the Year in 1996 and 1997 at Wake Forest. The Spurs made him their first-round pick (first overall) in the 1997 NBA Draft, and Duncan spent his entire career in San Antonio from 1997-2016.
Tim was the 1998 NBA Rookie of the Year and was also named All-NBA First Team and an All-Star, his first of 15, that same season. He was on all five of the Spurs championship teams and was named the Finals MVP in 1999, 2003, and 2005. In 2002 and 2003, Tim was the league’s MVP and the NBA Teammate of the Year in 2015. Duncan is the Spurs franchise top scorer with 26,496 points, and he also is the team’s leader for rebounds with 15,091. His #21 was retired by the Spurs.
George Gervin, aka “The Iceman,” was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the 1974 draft. Gervin was a third-round pick out of Eastern Michigan after playing two years in the ABA with the Virginia Squires. Rather than heading to NBA’s Suns, he opted to stay in the ABA as his contract had been sold to the Spurs. With the ABA, the small forward and shooting guard was ABA All-Rookie first-team and a three-time All-Star.
George transitioned to the NBA along with the Spurs and was not only selected to the NBA All-Star Team for nine consecutive seasons from 1977-85 but was the game’s MVP in 1980. Gervin is the Spurs leader in average points per game with 27.34 and was also the league’s scoring champion for four seasons. He played a season with the Bulls and then headed to Europe to play in Italy and Spain. George Gervin’s #44 was retired by the Spurs, and he’s an inductee into both the College and Basketball Halls of Fame.
The Spurs point guard for 17 seasons, Tony Parker, was born in Belgium but raised in France. He started his professional career with the French League’s Paris Basket Racing in 1999-2001. In 2001, Parker was the Spurs first-round pick, and he was NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2002.
Parker has been on four of the Spurs championship teams, named Finals MVP in 2007, and is San Antonio’s all-time leader in assists with 6,829. In 2013, Parker became the first Spurs player to be named NBA Western Conference Player of the Month since Tim Duncan in 2002. Tony won the NBA Skills Challenge championship in 2012 and is a six-time All-Star. Parker signed with the Charlotte Hornets for the 2018-19 NBA season.
San Antonio Spurs Trivia
San Antonio Gunslingers had initially been the intended name for the team when it relocated from Dallas to San Antonio in 1973, but it was changed to Spurs before the “Gunslingers” ever played a game.
Gregg Popovich has been the head coach for all five of the San Antonio Spurs NBA Championships starting in 1999 and, most recently, in 2014.
It wasn’t a player or a coach who was ejected from a 2005 game against the Timberwolves; it was the Spurs’ Coyote mascot who seemed to challenge the Timberwolves’ mascot to a fight that was stopped before it started.
In more than 50 years of Chaparrals/Spurs basketball, the team has only had five seasons without being in the playoffs.
Tony Parker spent 17 years with the San Antonio Spurs before signing with the Charlotte Hornets for the 2018-19 season.