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Spurs vs. Pelicans 2016 betting preview: San Antonio holds strong road record

The San Antonio Spurs look to avoid an upset on the road against the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night.

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The San Antonio Spurs are 8-1 straight up and 5-4 against the spread in their last nine games on the road, including a 3-0 SU and ATS stretch over their last three. The Spurs will try to pick up another road win this Thursday night against the New Orleans Pelicans.

San Antonio is going off at 4/1 to win the NBA Championship this season at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The only teams going off at lower odds to win this year's title are the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Every season since 2003, the San Antonio Spurs go on an extended road trip in the month of February as their home stadium in San Antonio hosts a rodeo show. The trip is informally referred to as the "Rodeo Road Trip", and this season's trip was another successful one as the Spurs went 7-1 SU and 4-4 ATS, losing only to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Only the Golden State Warriors own a better road record than San Antonio's 22-9 SU and 18-13 ATS mark.

Both San Antonio and New Orleans will be playing Thursday's game on the second night of a back-to-back. The Spurs are 16-0 SU and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games when playing the night before while New Orleans is 4-12 SU and 6-10 ATS in those instances per the OddsShark NBA Database.

After advancing to the postseason last season with a 45-37 SU record, the New Orleans Pelicans appeared to be on the rise in the Western Conference. But a disastrous 1-11 SU and 3-9 ATS start this year left the Pelicans in an early hole out of which they wouldn't really have much of a chance to climb out.

Interestingly, New Orleans has fared well against San Antonio recently with a 4-2 SU and 5-1 ATS record in its last six games against the Spurs.

Bettors on this game should pay close attention to Gregg Popovich's roster decisions on game day. Scheduled to play three games in four nights at home against Detroit on Wednesday, on the road against New Orleans on Thursday and at home against Sacramento on Saturday, Popovich could potentially opt to rest some players on the road against the Pelicans.