Warriors at Spurs Picks and Game 2 NBA Odds
by Dave Schwab - 5/8/2013
This Wednesday night at the AT&T Center, the Golden State Warriors will look to quickly bounce back from an overtime loss in Game 1 to the San Antonio Spurs when the two clash again in this best-of-seven Western Conference Semifinals showdown. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 9:30 p.m. (ET), and it will be broadcast nationally on TNT.
Golden State had more than enough chances to win this past Monday night but ultimately fell 129-127 in double overtime as a nine-point road underdog in the opening game of this series. The total easily went “over” the 202.5-point line.
The Spurs knew they would have their hands full with the Warriors after cruising past the Lakers with four straight double-digit victories in the opening round. Monday was their first loss against the spread in the playoffs, and the total has now gone over in three of their last four postseason contests.
Warriors at Spurs Betting Storylines
No matter what happens on Wednesday night, it will be hard for anything to live up to the drama and excitement of Game 1. At one point in the second half, the Warriors led that game by as many as 18 points and were still up by 16 points with less than five minutes to play in regulation, but they could not hold off the Spurs down the stretch to steal a much-needed win on the road. The big question for Game 2 is how will this young team react to such a devastating loss against a wily group of veterans that obviously know how to finish playoff games.
The one thing that we do know for sure is that Stephen Curry will be a huge part of whatever happens at the AT&T Center in Game 2. After a very quiet first half in Game 1, he lit up the scoreboard with 22 points in the third quarter to help build the large lead. He finished the night with a game-high 44 points and 11 assists but could not get a shot to drop when he needed to the most. Another Warrior that has elevated his game during the postseason has been Jarrett Jack. He put up 15 points in Monday night’s loss after averaging over 18 points a game in the opening series against Denver.
San Antonio showed why it has been one of the most successful franchises in the NBA for the past decade or so. There was never any sign of panic from this veteran group, and players such as Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili came up huge when they had to. Parker led the Spurs in scoring during the regular season with 20.3 points a game and exceeded his playoff average of 23.4 points with a team-high 28 points in Game 1. Ginobili chipped in 16 points but none more important than a three-pointer with time running out in double overtime that proved to be the difference.
Throw in Danny Green’s 22 points and Tim Duncan’s 19 points and 11 rebounds, and it is easy to see why the Spurs are just so hard to beat, especially on their home court. They shot just 43.8 percent from the field as opposed the Golden State’s 51 percent shooting and were outrebounded 55-45, but they still found a way to win this game. Moving forward, victories such as this have a tendency to not only build confidence but unstoppable momentum as well.
Warriors at Spurs NBA Game 2 Betting Odds and Trends
The Warriors are 6-0 ATS in their last six road games and 8-0 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record. The total has stayed under in five of their last seven games playing on one day’s rest.
The Spurs are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games at home and 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games playing on one day’s rest. The total has gone over in five of their last seven games overall.
The home team is 5-0 SU in the last five meetings, and the favorite in this matchup is still 18-6-2 ATS in the last 26 games. The total has gone over in the last two games after staying under in the previous three meetings. Golden State is 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall, but 5-14 ATS in its last 19 games in San Antonio.
Warriors at Spurs Picks and Betting Predictions
The Warriors proved they can stand toe-to-toe with San Antonio, but they have yet to prove they can actually beat them on the road. While Golden State may not snap that 30-game SU road losing streak on Wednesday night, look for it to remain perfect ATS in these playoffs by keeping this game closer than eight points.
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