Wednesday’s NBA Game of the Day: Warriors at Spurs

Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs (-4.5, 209)

The Golden State Warriors have yet to defeat San Antonio this season but will give it another try when they visit the Spurs on Wednesday. San Antonio posted two wins over Golden State earlier this campaign, and a victory in this matchup would tighten the Western Conference playoff race as the Warriors hold a 2 1/2-game lead with eight contests to play.

Golden State is thriving with eight consecutive victories after opening a two-game Texas trip with a 113-106 win over Houston. Warriors coach Steve Kerr stated none of his healthy players will be held out of this contest after four were rested when his squad lost 107-85 to the Spurs on March 11. San Antonio also is playing well with five straight wins, including a 103-74 rout of Cleveland on Monday. The Spurs are 29-7 at home, and the contest against the Warriors begins a stretch during which four of five games are at the AT&T Center.

TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, CSN Bay Area (Golden State), FSN Southwest (San Antonio)

LINE HISTORY:
The Spurs opened as 4.5-point home favorites over the visiting Golden State Warriors and, as of Wednesday morning, that line has yet to move. The total hit the board at 210.5 and has been dropped to 209. Check out the complete line history here.

WHAT BOOKS SAY: “The line opened with the Spurs as a 4.5 point favorite. The early square action was on the Spurs, which pushed the line to 5 early this morning, but there was a quick influx of sharp action on Golden State +5, forcing the line back to 4.5 where it remains. Side action is pretty even, however there is a noticeable majority (2-1) of parlays on Golden State +4.5.” – GTBets Lines Manager.

INJURY REPORT:

Warriors – SF K. Durant (Out Indefinitely, knee), PF D. Green (Probable, ankle), SF J. McAdoo (Questionable, head).

Spurs – PG D. Murray (Mid April, groin).

COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Warriors (-14.8) – Spurs (-11.6) + home court (-3) = Warriors -0.2

MATCHUP CHART:

ABOUT THE WARRIORS (60-14 SU, 34-38-2 ATS, 27-47 O/U): Kerr drew the ire of the league and ABC officials when he didn’t play guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, forward Draymond Green and swingman Andre Iguodala – injured Kevin Durant also was out – during the nationally televised loss to the Spurs earlier this month. “Guys are good to go,” Kerr said while revealing his plans to reporters after the win over Houston. “The schedule has been fine, and we’ll go in there and see what we can do. Curry scored 32 points in the victory over the Rockets and is averaging 26.7 and 10 assists over his last three contests.

ABOUT THE SPURS (57-16 SU, 38-34-1 ATS, 38-33-2 O/U): San Antonio was without its two best players – forward Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge were out with injuries – in the recent win over Golden State and also intends to have all its players available. Leonard furthered his MVP case with 25 points against Cleveland while once again frustrating LeBron James (7-of-17 shooting) with his tenacious defense, while Aldridge is just 13-of-32 shooting over his last two games. Aldridge averaged 21.4 points over the previous five contests after missing two with heart arrhythmia issues.

CHEERLEADER BATTLE:

TRENDS:

* Warriors are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
* Spurs are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
* Under is 11-1 in Warriors last 12 games following a straight up win.
* Under is 7-1 in Spurs last 8 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
* Under is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings in San Antonio.

Check out a complete list of hot and cold trends, here.
 
COVERS CONSENSUS: Covers consensus returns are showing 57 percent of the public supporting the home favorite San Antonio Spurs and 60 percent of the totals wagers on the Over. View full consensus data here.


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