San Antonio is a proud five-time NBA championship franchise. Yet its best days are far behind them. But a culture based on striving for excellence remains. Few professional sports franchises have as much pride. Not to mention such a history of success. True, the Spurs are not NBA Finals Betting Odds favorites. But its also a fact they won’t go away without a fight. For shorthanded Golden State a date at the AT&T Center could be one with destiny. And not in a way their fans and backers may want. In fact, the Warriors are likely walking into a pit.
Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs Game 3
Date and Time: Thursday, April 19, 2018, 9:30 p.m. Eastern
Location: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
NBA Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|Warriors||-3½ (-110)||206 (-110)|
|Spurs||+3½ (-110)||206 (-110)|
Warriors vs. Spurs TV Coverage: TNT
Golden State holds a 2-0 lead over San Antonio in this best of seven series. Despite Stephen Curry sidelined with a bad knee the Warriors have thrived. Even without Curry they are a NBA Finals Betting Odds favorite. Guard Klay Thompson and forward Kevin Durant have triggered the defending champs in this series. Thompson is averaging 29 points per game. Durant is right behind at 28 points per game. He is also averaging eight rebounds and seven assists per tilt. San Antonio had hopes of clamping down on the Warriors. Answers are yet to be found.
Big Names on Court
Klay Thompson often gets lost in the noise with the Warriors. With Curry as the headliner its understandable. But Durant is another marquee man dating back to his days at Oklahoma City. Yet Thompson has accomplishments in his own right. It begins with four consecutive All-Star Game appearances. Thompson has averaged at least 20 points per game the past four seasons. Durant is among the biggest names in the game. Most Valuable Player of the 2017 NBA Finals is his latest major accomplishment. Nine consecutive All-Star Games makes for quite the resume.
Head coach Gregg Popovich has led the Spurs to five NBA titles. He is a three-time NBA Coach of the Year. A motivational master he coaxed San Antonio to the top ranking for defense this year. His inability to solve the Warriors is a point of frustration. Lack of scoring depth has proven to be the unsolvable riddle. Half a team is the essence of San Antonio’s reality. All defense and no offense is an incomplete formula for NBA playoff success.
Team vs. Team
Golden State has six sportsbook online payouts in their last eight games with the Spurs. Under the total has paid in four of their last five series matchups. San Antonio has failed to cover four of their last five home games vs. the Warriors. Three of those five games went over the total.
Matchup to Watch
If ever there was to be a last stand for the Spurs this is it. Golden State is overwhelming NBA Finals Betting Odds chalks. They can go up 3-0 in the series. Matchup wise the Spurs will fight for their lives. Motivational edge belongs to San Antonio. Veteran gamblers worry about the “forgone conclusion” aspect of the Warriors.
Warriors vs. Spurs NBA games Betting Odds Picks
San Antonio at home down 2-0 makes for a dangerous live dog.
NBA Betting Online Pick: San Antonio Spurs
NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Spurs 103, Warriors 99