Spurs vs Warriors Game 1 Info, Preview and NBA Odds
The San Antonio Spurs eliminated the Houston Rockets in Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal series on Thursday night, winning in an emphatic 114-75 rout. The Warriors swept both of their first two rounds, including a four-game series win over the Utah Jazz in their conference semifinal, and have been resting up for their date with the Spurs.
San Antonio won two of the three meetings between the top two teams in the West this season, but can the Spurs compete with Tony Parker out and Kawhi Leonard hobbled? Let’s find out in the following NBA game preview.
San Antonio at Golden State Game 1 Odds & Betting Info
When: Sunday, May 14, 2017, 3:30pm ET
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland
Radio: KOAI 1200 AM San Antonio / 95.7 FM The Game Oakland
Live Stream: WatchESPN
NBA Odds: Warriors -10½-110
Why should you bet on the Spurs?
If you watched the Spurs-Rockets series, you saw the odd sight of James Harden guarding Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge at different times. The Spurs took advantage of this mismatch big-time, using the post to grind down the Rockets, one possession at a time. Gasol (7-0) and Aldridge (6-11) will also give the Spurs an advantage inside. Gasol can also hoist the three-ball (53.8% for the season), he can distribute out of the high post, and he is still a solid rebounder. The two of them can wear away on Draymond Green inside and wear down the Warriors’ speedy offense like they did Houston’s.
Why should you put your money on the Warriors?
For the season, the Warriors permitted only 0.90 points per possession to their opponents. Their small-ball lineup also features quick defenders who can hustle to the perimeter and bother spot-up shooters. They held their opponents to 35.0% in spot-up shooting on the season — best in the NBA. With Patty Mills now starting at the point for the Spurs (and Manu Ginobili backing him up), and with Leonard fighting back from an ankle injury, the rotation of Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant could leave the Spurs pinballing all over the court, falling a pass or two behind, and getting in a deep hole in the series before they know it.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Spurs did a good job shutting down the Rockets, but Houston does not have a center, or much in the way of elite scoring options beyond Harden (the absence of Lou Williams was a very telling factor). Golden State simply has too many weapons for the Spurs to stop them all, particularly with Leonard slowed by an injury. I predict a 118-108 Golden State win to open the series.