3* NBA Western Conference SMASH on Hornets +6.5

3* NBA Western Conference SMASH on Hornets +6.5

San Antonio vs. New Orleans, 10/31/2012 20:00 EDT, Score: 99 - 95

Point Spread: +6½/-102 New Orleans

Sportsbook: 5Dimes

Result: Win

3* NBA Western Conference SMASH on Hornets +6.5
The Spurs are getting a little too much respect in New Orleans where they are just 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games.

The Spurs won all four meetings last season but their two wins in New Orleans came by just two and three points, respectively. The Hornets typically give just about everyone a game when playing on their home floor. In fact, they enter the season on a 9-0 ATS run at home. It is also worth noting that the home team is 19-7 ATS in the last 26 meetings.

New Orleans has been pure gold in this point-spread range as it is on a 40-21 ATS run when valued as an underdog of 3.5 to 9.5 points. It has only lost by an average of .7 points in these games.

The New Orleans defense was good last season (ranked 8th with 93.4 points allowed per game) and it should be even better this year with the addition of top overall draft pick Anthony Davis and Robin Lopez. It's never a bad play to take big points with a quality defensive team.

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