Spurs Look to Rebound in Game 2
The Western Conference Finals matchup between the San Antonio Spurs and the Golden State Warriors resumes tonight at Oracle Arena with Game 2 of this best-of-seven showdown. BetAnySports has opened the Warriors as heavy 13-point home favorites and the total line for this 9 p.m. start on ESPN is set at 212 points.
San Antonio had a golden opportunity to gain the early edge in this series after opening up a 25-point lead in Sunday’s Game 1, but it all came crashing down in a 113-111 loss as a 10-point underdog on the road. The total went OVER BetAnySports’ closing 209.5-point line and it has gone OVER in 10 of the Spurs’ first 13 games in this season’s playoffs. They are now 3-4 straight-up in seven postseason road games with a 4-3 record against the spread.
One of the biggest reasons why San Antonio blew such a large lead was the loss of Kawhi Leonard in the third quarter with an ankle injury. He already missed the final game of the previous series against Houston and his playing status for Tuesday night is listed as questionable. He was the team’s leading scorer in the regular season with 25.5 points per game and he is averaging 27.7 PPG in the playoffs.
Golden State Had Huge Comeback in Game 1
While Golden State did look a bit rusty for most of Game 1, it also showed the form down the stretch that has led to a perfect 9-0 SU run through these playoffs. The Warriors have gone 5-4 ATS and the total has gone OVER in six of the nine games. Going all the way back to mid-March, the Warriors have just one SU loss in their last 25 games, but they have failed to cover in three of their last five contests.
The combination of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant proved to be just too much to stop in Sunday’s amazing comeback. Curry led all scorers with 40 points while connecting on seven of his 16 shots from three-point range and Durant added 34 points to the winning cause. Golden State shot 48.1 percent from the field and it went 11-for-30 from beyond the arc. The Warriors were the highest scoring team in the NBA during the regular season with 115.9 PPG and they are averaging 115.0 points in the playoffs.
Leonard’s playing status could have an impact on BetAnySports’ closing betting lines for Game 2, but for now I am going with the OVER on its 210-point total line in what should still be another high scoring affair.