Warriors vs Spurs – Western Finals Preview? But Who Will Play?
The two best teams in the NBA meet Wednesday night at 9:30 PM EST when the Golden State Warriors visit the San Antonio Spurs. Both teams are playing at a high level right now so this should be a whale of a matchup! But will two teams who are known for resting their best players at this time of year go all out for the win? Golden State (59-14) holds on to first place in the Western Conference by a thread over San Antonio (56-16) so hopefully, the stars will come out to play.
Warriors vs Spurs – Bovada NBA Betting Line:
- Point Spread: Bovada lists the Spurs as 4.5 point home favorites (-110).
- MoneyLine: SAS -180, GSW +160
- Game Total: Over 209 points (-105), Under 209 point (-115)
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Warriors vs Spurs – Our Take:
The Warriors have already lost twice straight-up and against the spread to the Spurs this year, both home and away and neither game was close. San Antonio won their regular-season opener 129-100 as 9-point road underdogs, and on March 11, the Spurs prevailed 107-85 as 10.5-point home favorites (although both teams rested their key starters in that game). Kevin Durant (27.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists per 36 minutes) will presumably miss Wednesday’s game, too, as he recovers from a hyperextended left knee.
After a three-game slump earlier this month, the Warriors went on to win seven-straight games. Golden State’s efficiency is mind-boggling. They’re shooting 49% from the field as a team, 38% from three-point land and 79% from the free-throw line, averaging around 116 points. That’s tops in the league.
The Spurs aren’t too bad themselves. They’re 47% from the field, 39% from the foul line and 80% from the charity stripe. They’re also second in points allowed at 98 per game, making them just one of two teams with an average of under 100 points (along with the Utah Jazz).
San Antonio is 6-4 SU and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 meetings against the Warriors.
There’s still the top seed and home-court advantage in the Western Finals to fight for, but otherwise, both teams are sitting pretty in the standings and can afford to rest their players as much as they like. The only official injury for the Spurs is little-used rookie point guard Dejounte Murray, who’s out with a tender groin and might not make it back until the playoffs.
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