San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Lakers 9:05PM ET

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NBA bettors get to sink their teeth into another online betting affair in tonight’s Western Conference Finals match-up between the San Antonio Spurs and the LA Lakers. The teams have combined to win seven of the last nine championships, with the Spurs prevailing in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007 and the Lakers doing so from 2000-02. They lost to the Detroit Pistons in the NBA finals back in 2004. So, the NBA’s most dominant teams of the past decade meet again, with the winner taking a giant step toward another possible championship.

“As far as the playoffs go, it’s San Antonio,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said Tuesday when asked if the Spurs were his team’s biggest rival.

“We’ve had our battles. We’ve had some great match-ups,” Lakers star Kobe Bryant said. “It feels great to be back at that level, matching up with San Antonio.”

Game 1 of the Western Conference finals is set to take place Wednesday night at the Staples Center, where the Lakers are 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in the postseason and winners of 12 straight overall including a 106-85 home win and cover over the Spurs in their next-to-last game of the regular season. The Lakers have a 7-3 record against the Spurs in the postseason, including 3-0 in the conference finals. They last met at this stage of the playoffs seven years ago, when the Lakers swept the Spurs on their way to a best ever 15-1 postseason record. The teams went 2-2 this season winning their games at home, but the Spurs hold a 3-1 advantage against the spread. That said the Lakers have been tremendous in the comfy confines of the Staples Center this year compiling records of 35-11 SU and 24-21-1 ATS. San Antonio struggled on the road throughout most of their regular season schedule, but their Game 7 Western conference semi-final win at New Orleans now has them one game over .500 at 24-23 SU but a woeful 17-30 ATS.

Oddsmakers opened the Lakers up seven-point home favorites in tonight’s basketball betting affair with the ‘total’ set at 196. OddsMaker.com offers all NBA betting odds be it side, total, or $$$-line, so be sure to login to your account and get your wagers down before the late tip.

The Lakers went a solid 38-29 ATS as a favorite, while the Spurs struggled in the underdog role cashing their backers tickets on just 8 of 22 occasions this season. Los Angeles went 7-2 ATS this season on 3+ days rest, while the Spurs managed a winning mark of 27-23-3 ATS on one days rest. The home team is 4-1 ATS the L/5 overall meetings, and the Lakers managed to carry the momentum off big road wins as an underdog to go 9-2 ATS this season.

Will San Antonio be able to pony up and ignore the fatigue like Boston did against the Pistons in their Game 1 match-up after going seven games in their prior series, or will the Lakers run roughshod and take advantage of the Spurs tired legs? Tune to TNT HD at 9:05 ET to find out!!!

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