It's nearly kind of wild that these two powerhouses haven't faced each other in the past few years. The Beard was nowhere near his deadly best as San Antonio smothered him and he couldn't find his rhythm. The over is 211.5 points at -105, and the under is 212 points at -110.
Season series: Spurs, 2-1. But the five-time NBA Champions had other ideas. The short answer for how the Spurs' defense can stop the Warriors is ... they can't. The Warriors won the NBA Championship after beating the Cavaliers in 2015, and then lost in seven games to the Cavs in 2016.
The San Antonio Spurs were saving Kawhi Leonard for Sunday. Teams had previously been 0-10 during the 2017 playoffs. But will they be able to do that in this next series? San Antonio, which opened the regular season with a 129-100 win at Golden State, opened as a 10½-point underdog in Sunday's series opener.
But around newcomer Kevin Durant, things have smoothed for the Warriors since. The resilient Spurs overcame a career-threatening injury to Tony Parker against Houston and will need a healthy Kawhi Leonard to compete with a stacked Golden State roster. Solid defensive effort San Antonio in first half.
With this highly-anticipated game just around the corner, experts are starting to give their picks.
James Harden is the Rockets best player, after Thursday's 114-75 season ending loss to the Spurs at Toyota Center, the Rockets best player did what he was supposed to do.
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Winners and Whiners have the Warriors winning at -10.5.
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According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Spurs are now 5-0 in games without Leonard and Parker this season. "But I think we come out on edge from the jump, play our game, and we'll be just fine". "They played well. Moved the ball extremely well and made shots". They're a fast-paced team that likes to shoot on the perimeter. "I know they feel as bad as I do and this is going to hurt and linger".
According to a point spread vs moneyline conversion chart I found from The Wizard of Odds (great name), these odds are like an National Football League team being 17-point underdogs (so, say the Browns playing the Patriots in New England).
Game 6 highlighted something that has been clear for a while now: The Spurs are the great chameleon of pro sports and have shown themselves to be capable of navigating just about any scenario thrown their way.