Through two and a half quarters of Game 1 of their conference final series with the Golden State Warriors, the San Antonio Spurs were well on their way to shocking the basketball world. But when superstar small forward Kawhi Leonard was forced to leave the game with an ankle injury, things took a turn for the worse and the Spurs couldn’t recover. With Game 2 set for Tuesday, sportsbooks opened the Spurs as 13.5-point road favorites with a total of 209.
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- The total has gone OVER in three of the Spurs’ last four games against the Warriors.
- The Warriors are 5-1 ATS in their last six games after an ATS loss.
- The Spurs are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games in the playoffs as road underdogs.
San Antonio led by as many as 25 and were up 23 when Leonard landed on Dubs center Zaza Pachulia’s foot after attempting a jump shot in the third quarter, after which the Warriors went on a ridiculous 18-0 run and outscored San Antonio 58-33 the rest of the game. Leonard has already been ruled out for Game 2.
Leonard didn’t play in the Spurs’ clinching game over the Houston Rockets in Game 6, where San Antonio hammered James Harden and company 114-75. LaMarcus Aldridge tried to pick up the slack in the conference final series opener and did his part by scoring 28 points, but missed a tying 3-point attempt in the final seconds.
Without Leonard around, Stephen Curry scored 26 of his 40 points in the second half while Kevin Durant, who was harassed by Leonard for the first 28 minutes of the tilt, went off in the final two quarters.
The perennially contending Spurs are in unfamiliar waters right now in the sports betting sphere. The last time San Antonio closed as more than a 13-point underdog was 2005.
The OVER, which easily cashed in Game 1, is trending when San Antonio hits the road. In the Spurs’ last 10 away from AT&T Center, the OVER is 8-2.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Sports bettors looking to pick the Golden State Warriors as their prediction for this matchup, they were listed earlier as -12-point favorites on the betting odds board at Bovada. Those betting on the total over/under for points scored have seen that line set at 211 for Tuesday at shops such as MyBookie.
Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 113-102 result in favor of the Warriors. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.
San Antonio Spurs vs Golden State Warriors Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
Golden State battles the San Antonio Spurs, currently with a 69-26 mark (49-44-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals betting, are 38-53 for the Golden State Warriors and 55-40 for the San Antonio Spurs. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Golden State vs San Antonio injuries news.
This game matches up the No. 1 (Golden State Warriors) and the No. 5 (Spurs) teams in the league, according to our current NBA betting Power Rankings at Odds – Shark.
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Golden State’s No. 7-rated NBA squad against San Antonio’s No. 10-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Golden State rates No. 4 in the league with 11.91 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 16 with 9.15 per outing.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
The Spurs wasted a 28-point performance from Lamarcus Aldridge as Golden State ran past them 113-111 on Sunday at Oracle Arena.
- San Antonio is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
- San Antonio is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 9 of San Antonio’s last 11 games
- San Antonio is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
- Golden State is 16-6-2 ATS in its last 24 games
- Golden State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Golden State’s last 7 games
- Golden State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
San Antonio home to Golden State, Saturday, May 20th