Golden State at San Antonio NBA Playoffs Betting Lines Game 3

Posted by Peter Boysen on May 19, 2017 in

Without Kawhi Leonard (ankle) in Game 2, the San Antonio Spurs came out with an absolute lack of hustle, and Gregg Popovich called out his players after the game, a 136-100 laugher for the Warriors. Now the series shifts to San Antonio for the next two games, and the Spurs really need a win on Saturday night if they want to keep the series competitive. Leonard remains questionable to play, so the rest of the Spurs will need to find ways to adjust if he can’t go.

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Golden State at San Antonio NBA Playoffs Betting Lines Game 3

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 9:00pm ET
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio
TV: ESPN
Radio: Golden State / San Antonio
Live Stream: NBA.tv
NBA Odds: Warriors at -6

Why should you bet on the Warriors?

With the Spurs perhaps feeling some self-pity while the Warriors showed intensity from the opening tip, Golden State ran out to a 33-16 lead after the first period and a 72-44 lead at the half. Stephen Curry put up 29 points, seven boards and seven assists despite resting the entire fourth period. Kevin Durant chipped in 16 points, and Draymond Green filled the scoresheet again, totaling 13 points, nine boards, six assists, two steals and two blocks. Even rookie Patrick McCaw got into the mix, putting up 18 points off the bench. This 36-point win was the biggest playoff victory by a Warriors team in 69 years — since the Philadelphia Warriors beat the St. Louis Hawks on April 6, 1948, by 39 points in a postseason game. I expect the Spurs to have more energy in Game 3, but I also think that a hobbled Leonard — or an absent Leonard — will not give San Antonio enough to win.

Why should you put your money on the Spurs?

Golden State was already missing one key inside player, as Andre Iguodala (knee) remains questionable for Game 3, but now Zaza Pachulia (heel) may also be limited or even absent in Game 3. Against Houston, San Antonio used a strong post presence, running the game through LaMarcus Aldridge, to win Game 6 by 39 points, and if Green has to handle interior defense without another solid presence inside, that could work in the Spurs’ favor. Also, no one is better at making adjustments than Gregg Popovich — and that raucous crowd in San Antonio will give their team a real sixth man.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

With Tony Parker out and Kawhi Leonard either limited or out, I don’t see the Spurs keeping up here. It will be a tight one, but the Warriors will win, 111-108.