When the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs renew basketball gambling hostilities on Saturday, we’ll find out if the Dubs have truly dealt deadly damage or have merely, in Sir Francis Drake’s words, “singed the beard of the King of Spain.” Golden State steam-rolled San Antonio 136-100 on Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals. The Dubs had 39 assists; more than any other team these playoffs, and most ever for the team in a first half (23). Moreover, Golden State’s reserves scored a season-high 63 points.
Date: Saturday, 20th May
Venue: AT&T Center
Sportsbook NBA online betting odds:
Warriors -5½ (-110) 212½ (-110) -230
Spurs +5½ (-110) 212½ (-110) +190
Key players: Stephen Curry posted 29 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists; Kevin Durant scored 16 points, and Draymond Green added 13 with nine rebounds, six assists, two steals, and two blocks. But the real hero here is Zaza Pachulia; they should give the guy a special MVP award for taking out Kawhi Leonard in game 1. The center left the game with an injury of his own; a bruised right heel.
Recent form: The Warriors remain unbeaten in the postseason, going 10-0. Golden State has won three of their last four games against the Spurs, including their last regular season visit to San Antonio. However, the Warriors last road loss also occurred at the AT&T Center.
NBA online betting odds trends: Golden State has covered the spread in three of their last four games as well as in their last five games on the road. The basketball gambling total has gone over in 80% of the Warriors’five contests.
Key players: Kawhi Leonard remains the missing piece in the Spurs’puzzle after the small forward re-injured his left ankle courtesy of Pachulia, whom head coach Gregg Popovich called “dangerous” and “unsportsmanlike.” Nonetheless, Pop was quick to distribute the blame among all the players that did take the court on Tuesday night. “It looked pretty collective to me. As a group they just let themselves down. We didn’t come to play. We felt sorry for ourselves.” Let’s single out Patty Mills, though; the point guard has scored a meager 10 points in 58 minutes in the first two games of the series subbing for Tony Parker. Back to Leonard, the grizzled coach wouldn’t hazard a guess on his timetable. “I have no idea. Just depends on how the ankle heals,” Pop said. The Spurs’only saving grace was small guard Jonathon Simmons, who had a season-high 22 points – 17 of which came in the first half.
Recent form: The Spurs have split the last four games, and have won five of their last six at home.
NBA online betting odds trends: San Antonio has covered in a couple of their last five games, and in only one of their last three home games. The basketball gambling total has gone over in four of the Spurs’previous five matches – ditto for the last five encounters with the Warriors.