May 14, 2017
SPS aims to extend its winning streak with one pick on Sunday.
Take San Antonio Spurs +10 spread against Golden State Warriors for 3% of the bankroll.
The San Antonio Spurs travel to Oracle Arena to take on the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals!
The Spurs are fresh off a dominant performance in Game 6 to eliminate the Houston Rockets from the postseason. What was most impressive about that performance was not that the Spurs won, but that that they did so on the road, and without (arguably) their best player in Kawhi Leonard. That performance showed just how good (and deep) a team that Gregg Popovich truly has and that could make for an interesting storyline in this series.
San Antonio is a very experienced team and knows what it takes to make it to the Finals. They will have a tough road ahead of them against the odds-on favorites to win it all in Golden State, however they have proven the naysayers wrong many times already this season and could give the Warriors a run for their money in this series.
The fact that they are double-digit underdogs in this matchup, isn't really surprising given Golden State's domination through their first two opponents. Golden State is a perfect 8-0 this postseason, sweeping both the Portland Trailblazers and Utah Jazz enroute to their third consecutive Western Conference Finals appearance, however, they have yet to play a team this postseason as balanced as the Spurs. San Antonio is rarely ever spotted double-digits since they have proven capable to win nearly each and every take they take the floor and that makes the points often valuable.
The Warriors have been off for nearly a week ahead of this matchup and could come into Game 1 just a bit rusty! Meanwhile, the Spurs are fresh off a stellar performance and still well within "competition mode" while still having had enough rest. The Houston Rockets play a similar style of basketball in some ways as that of the Warriors on offense and Gregg Popovich was able to game plan and make adjustments against the Rockets near flawlessly. We expect he will already have a game plan in place in order to slow down the high-octane Warriors offense and keep this game competitive.
San Antonio may not win the opener but we do believe they will play well enough to keep things close. With so much at stake in this series we would be surprised if Kawhi Leonard did not play in this matchup. Having sat out in Game 6, he will have had a full 4 days of rest, off his ankle in anticipation of this matchup. Leonard's elite defensive skills will be paramount in this series as he attempts to keep numerous sharpshooters in check.
The depth that the Spurs have has paid dividends for them this postseason as bench and role players alike have come together to add valuable contributions and minutes to this team. Guys like Danny Green, Jonathan Simmons and Patty Mills who are often quiet, have made loud statements this postseason for their worth on the team. Even the ageless Manu Ginobili has seemingly turned back the clock and has elevated his game for what could be one last run at a title. We expect the Spurs to leave everything on the court in Game 1 and even if they fall short of the victory, they should make a statement that they will not be easy to put down as they keep things competitive and stay within this generous spread.
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