Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs - 4/14/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Antonio Spurs (47-35) at Golden State Warriors (58-24)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 3:00 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -8 -- Over/Under: 210.5 See the Latest Odds
The San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors meet Saturday in game one of the first round of the NBA playoffs at the Oracle Arena.
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The San Antonio Spurs look for an upset in game one after splitting their last 10 regular season games. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 102.7 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 99.8 points on 45.3 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 23.1 points and 8.5 rebounds while Pau Gasol is averaging 10.1 points and eight rebounds. Rudy Gay is the third double-digit scorer and Patty Mills is dishing 2.8 assists. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 77.2 percent from the free throw line. The San Antonio Spurs are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. The San Antonio Spurs have lost eight straight road games.
The Golden State Warriors also hope to get back on track after losing six of their last 10 regular season games. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 113.5 points on 50.3 percent shooting and allowing 107.5 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 26.4 points and 6.8 rebounds while Klay Thompson is averaging 20 points and 2.5 assists. Draymond Green is the third double-digit scorer and Quinn Cook is dishing 2.7 assists. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 39.1 percent from beyond the arc and 81.5 percent from the free throw line. The Golden State Warriors are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.5 rebounds per game. The Golden State Warriors have lost four of their last five home games.
The Spurs are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games and 6-15 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Spurs are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings, the favorite is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Golden State.
Playoffs are different and the Golden State Warriors actually have something to play for now, but I'm not sure how anybody can lay big chalk with how they finished the regular season. The Warriors were outscored by nine points in their last five games and allowed 48.6 percent shooting. The San Antonio Spurs are always well coached, are tough to count of this time of year and actually beat Golden State by 14 points about a month ago. Give me the Spurs and the points as a fade from the Warriors.