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(61-21) San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors (67-15)
Western Conference Round 3: Game 1
Date: Sunday May 14th
Time: 3:30PM EST
Venue: Oracle Arena – Oakland, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Spurs -110, Warriors -110
NBA Betting Odds: Warriors -10
NBA Betting Total: 211
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If you’re just tuning in, the NBA season is exactly where we expected it to be at this point. The number two seed San Antonio Spurs will travel to Oakland to take on the first-seeded Golden State Warriors for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.
The San Antonio Spurs closed out their second-round matchup with the Houston Rockets in convincing fashion. They embarrassed the Rockets in Houston 114-75 to close out the series in six games.
The Golden State Warriors also closed out their last series convincingly, but they have won every game of the playoffs that way so far. The Warriors head into this series undefeated with an 8-0 postseason record.
San Antonio Spurs
Despite the sustained excellence that we have come to expect from the San Antonio Spurs, they have faced their fair share of adversity. That began with a tough Memphis Grizzlies squad who refused to be “rooked” in the first round.
The Spurs would go on to win that series in six games, and then they faced what seemed like a tougher battle with in-state rival Houston Rockets. The Rockets would blow out the Spurs in the first game, but San Antonio would take charge from there.
Only one game in that series was decided by single-digits, an overtime thriller in Game 5. However, it was injuries that caused the Spurs more trouble than any opponent so far. Tony Parker went down in the second round and is out for the rest of the playoffs.
Potentially more devastating was the Game 5 injury to Kawhi Leonard. Leonard missed the end of that game and all of Game 6, but he is expected to be healthy for this series.
The Spurs will need him, as he leads them in points (27.8), assists (4.7) and steals (1.73) in the postseason.
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors are who we though they were in the postseason. The juggernaut that is Golden State rolled through the first round, sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers and winning all but one game by double-digits.
They had even less trouble with the offensively-challenged Utah Jazz in round two, and the Warriors won all four of those games by double-digits.
Their one potential weak spot is the fact that head coach Steve Kerr is expected to miss this series– as he did much of round one and all of round two– but they do have an experienced former head coach to lead the way in his stead in Mike Brown.
Stephen Curry leads the way with 27.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and six assists in the playoffs. Kevin Durant missed two games with a slight injury, but he seems fine at this point and has contributed 23.3 points and 8.2 rebounds in the six games he has played.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Spurs are 6-2 ATS in last 8 Conference Finals games
- Spurs are 3-1-1 ATS in last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
- Warriors are 2-7 ATS in last 9 games playing on 3 or more days rest
- Warriors are 2-5 ATS in last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record
- Warriors are 3-9 ATS in last 12 Sunday games
Free Game 1 San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors NBA Prediction:
The Warriors are the clear favorite for good reason, but they have not faced the Spurs in the postseason since 2013. That was before the Warriors were the Warriors we know. San Antonio won three of four meetings in the regular season and has a clear coaching advantage.
4* Free NBA Game 1 Betting Pick: Spurs +10
The Warriors will win at home, but the Spurs are not the Blazers or the Jazz; Pop, Leonard, Aldridge and the boys will keep this close.
NBA Free Score Prediction: San Antonio 104 – Golden State 109
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