The top two teams in the NBA will square off for the second time this season Saturday, as the San Antonio Spurs (58-10) look to win their 44th consecutive regular-season home game when they host the defending champion Golden State Warriors (62-6).
The Spurs are consensus 3.5-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark against the Warriors, who are underdogs for just the third time this season.
Golden State is a perfect 3-0 straight up and against the spread in its last three games as an underdog, according to the OddsShark NBA Database, with two of them taking place this season.
The Warriors were 3.5-point road dogs without reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry in a 114-110 victory against the Houston Rockets on December 31 and again in a 132-98 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers with him in the lineup on January 18.
San Antonio is chasing Golden State for the best record in the Western Conference and is 34-0 at home this season; although they have gone just 1-4 ATS in their last five games at the AT&T Center. The Spurs have won the past four meetings with Golden State at home SU, going 3-1 ATS with an average margin of victory of 14 points.
The high total in this matchup may still seem appealing to over bettors, but the under has cashed in each of the last three games in the series, going 9-3-1 in the previous 13.
The loser has been held to 100 points or less in the past six meetings while the winner has scored more than 113 only once. That occurred in a 120-90 win for the Warriors on January 25. They were 4.5-point home chalk and covered the spread for just the third time in 10 meetings.
San Antonio had won seven in a row in the series before dropping two of the last three.
Golden State is coming off a 130-112 rout of the Dallas Mavericks as nine-point road favorites on Friday, and the team has won 10 straight in the second game of a back-to-back but failed to cover four of the past five in that situation.