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Thursday's Free Pick - San Antonio Spurs -7
The Spurs just played in Utah last night and lost, but I expect them to bounce back strong here. San Antonio is 4-1 in the second of back-to-back games this season, with the only loss coming when Popovich infamously rested four starters in Miami. The Spurs are an awesome 8-1-2 ATS in their last 11 games when playing without a day of rest. The Trail Blazers have had two days' rest but are just 7-18-3 ATS in their last 28 games when playing on two days' rest.

The Spurs are an outstanding 55-23-5 ATS in their last 83 games overall. They are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games following a SU loss, 19-5-2 ATS in their last 26 games following an ATS loss and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 road games.

The Spurs won by three points in Portland earlier this season, covering the 2.5-point spread despite being without Tony Parker who sat out the contest with the flu. With Parker in the lineup for this contest, I expect the Spurs to widen their margin of victory.

The favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. Take the Spurs.
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