Wednesday NBA Preview

Golden State Warriors v San Antonio Spurs

Game 2 – 11.00am (AEST), Wednesday, May 17 @ Golden State

Likely Line-ups:

  • Warriors – Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Zaza Pachulia, Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry
  • Spurs – Danny Green, LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol, Jonathon Simmons, Patty Mills

History: The Spurs have won 106 regular season games to the Warriors’ 57, including 2 games to 1 this season. The Warriors hold a 6-5 lead in playoffs games; the Spurs won the 2013 semi-finals 4-2 by the Warriors lead the current series 1-0.

Form: Golden State topped the Western Conference with a 67-15 record, before sweeping the Trail Blazers and Jazz 4-0 to progress to the WCF. The Spurs finished second in the West with a 61-21 record but have found the going tougher in the playoffs, taking 6 games to eliminate both the Grizzlies and Rockets. The Warriors won Game 1 of this series 113-111, with the Spurs giving up a huge lead after key player Kawhi Leonard went down injured in the third quarter.

Stats: The Spurs have won 13 of their last 21 against the Warriors, but only 1 of the last 5 at Golden State. The Spurs have lost their last 6 games when conceding more than 107 points; the Warriors have scored 109+ in 12 of their last 15 games. The Warriors have lost just 1 of their last 25 games. The Warriors went 36-5 at home in the regular season and are 5-0 in the playoffs; they have won 15 of their last 16 at Oracle Arena. The Spurs went 30-11 on the road in the regular season but are only 3-4 in the playoffs; they have won just 6 of their last 14 away from San Antonio.

Final Thoughts: However questionable Zaza Pachulia’s challenge that put Kawhi Leonard out of the series opener was, the fact of the matter is it cost the Spurs a 1-0 lead and has put their talisman out of Game 2. The Spurs coughed up a 23-point lead after Leonard exited, with Curry and Durant – who combined for 74 points – going into overdrive. The Spurs have shown they can win without Kawhi, crushing the Rockets by 40 points in the series-deciding Game 6 recently, but the Warriors are a far more lethal all-round proposition – particularly at Oracle Arena.

Crow’s Tip: Golden State Warriors -14 @ $1.98

TOP TIPS

Match

Crow’s Tip

Golden State Warriors v San Antonio Spurs

Over 208.5 @ $1.95

Golden State Warriors v San Antonio Spurs

1st Half Point Spread – Warriors -8.5 @ $1.89

Golden State Warriors v San Antonio Spurs

Line/Total Double – Warriors -14.5/Over 209.5 @3.85

 

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