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The San Antonio Spurs have the opportunity to win their fifth championship since 1999, a dominant streak of superiority that’s spanned the entirety of Tim Duncan’s career. Can they beat the NBA odds to do it?
While the Spurs managed to win titles three times in a span of five years from 2003 to 2007, they’ve laid relatively dormant ever since. Not until the past few seasons have they truly re-emerged as NBA contenders.
With 8/5 odds of winning the NBA championship this month, however, contenders is exactly what they are.
In addition to the future Hall of Fame Duncan, San Antonio’s masterful combination of veterans Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and youngsters like Kawhi Leonard has reignited the franchise. This week, they’ll look to see if that translates over as they take on the surviving team of the Eastern Conference.
While betting on basketball is as much a part of the NBA postseason as filling out brackets hating on LeBron, the series of upsets and surprises has added a compelling twist to the 2013 playoffs.
As such, without those pesky Oklahoma City Thunder standing in their way, this may be one of San Antonio’s final chances to win one more ring with Duncan leading the show.