The Spurs still feature two of the greatest winners the league has ever seen in Ginobili and Tony Parker, who have teamed for 131 playoff wins, equaling the most of any tandem in National Basketball Association history.
James Harden's Rockets have been the best team during the regular season but have disappointed in the playoffs in the past. The only timeSan Antonio pulled off a victory was in their second meeting last month, when Curry, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant were all sidelined for Golden State. Houston wrapped up the regular season with the best record in the league and a quick check of SBR odds reveals that they will be among the favorites to win the title this year and supplant the perennial finalists from Golden State.
All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who has carried the Silver and Black on both ends of the court this season, had a tough time against the Warriors after Leonard went down a year ago. Now that the playoffs are here, it seems very unlikely thatSan Antonio has much of a chance against them without Kawhi being involved. Nevertheless, Gregg Popovich proved his coaching expertise by treading those high waters and getting this team into the postseason. While everyone is ruling them out, the low expectations remove nearly all the pressure off of the Spurs' back. The Golden State Warriors rank ninth in defensive rating (104.2) and first in offensive rating (112.3). Instead, they fiend themselves No. 2. The Warriors come in with healthy starters and have no obstacles to overcome.
Playoffs are different and the Golden State Warriors actually have something to play for now, but I'm not sure how anybody can lay big chalk with how they finished the regular season.
Final Prediction:Golden State Warriors defeat San Antonio Spurs 4-1 to advance to the second round.
The biggest game on Wednesday's slate is the Denver at Minnesota contest, the first last-day-of-season game in 21 years where the victor will go to the playoffs and the loser will miss the postseason.
The San Antonio Spurs are the kind of teamthat could theoretically cause the Golden State Warriors some problems.
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However, they do have Jimmy Butler back and if Andrew Wiggins gives it more than 60% - seemingly his default setting - and Karl-Anthony Towns can take over a game or two, they might make it interesting. The Warriors have been in the Finals three years running and have won a pair over thattime. Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. You can also hop to their site to begin your sign up process immediately! Golden State scored a season-low 33 first-half points. Leonard crumbled to the floor and recoiled in pain after a controversial close-out by Warriors center Zaza Pachulia, who contested the shot. Golden State fails to cover the spread.
It will just cost the Warriors front office more to remain on that list. While I do not envision any scenario in which the Spurs come out the victor in this series, how effective the team is at stopping Aldridge may be the difference between a sweep and a seven-game series. The totals line isn't out for this one yet so bettors should check up on it as the week progresses.
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