Golden State Warriors (60-24) at San Antonio Spurs (47-37)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 9:30 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs +3 -- Over/Under: 207 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Golden State Warriors look to take a commanding 3-0 series lead as they travel to the AT&T Center to battle the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3.
The Golden State Warriors will be feeling pretty good about themselves after taking down the Spurs by 113-92 in Game 2 to take a nice 2-0 series lead. Klay Thompson caught fire early and led the team with 27 points on 11 of 13 shooting, Kevin Durant added 24 points with eight rebounds and seven assists while JaVale McGee chipped in with a handy 15 points in 16 minutes of action. Draymond Green played a big role on both ends of the floor and finished with 12 points with eight rebounds and 11 assists. As a team, the Warriors shot a healthy 54 percent from the field and 10 of 22 from the three-point line but what really won the game was their defensive effort as they held the Spurs to just 17 points in the first quarter to set the tone early and they never looked threatened after leading by as many as 26 points early in the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs will be going back to the drawing board after suffering such a slow death in Game 2. Rudy Gay led the team with 15 points off the bench while LaMarcus Aldridge and Bryn Forbes each scored 14 points but no other player finished in double figures. As a team, the Spurs shot just 40 percent from the field and nine of 22 from the three-point line as they struggled against the defensive pressure of the Warriors who went with a taller starting lineup, opting to insert Andre Iguodala in place of a recognized point guard. Dejounte Murray had just eight points in 23 minutes of action while Patty Mills finished with just five points in 27 minutes, so there’s plenty of room for improvement for the Spurs in the backcourt.
Looking at the betting trends, the Spurs are 1-6 ATS in their last seven against the Western Conference and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall. Meanwhile, the Warriors are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 road games and 8-15 ATS in their last 23 games overall.
Head to head, the Spurs are 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings and the favorite is 8-1 ATS in the last nine meetings.
The Warriors took care of business relatively easily and they certainly have all the momentum after dominating Game 2. Thompson has sprung to life which makes the Warriors so dangerous and they don’t seem to be missing Stephen Curry just yet. However, while the Spurs looked hopeless at times in Game 2, I’m looking for a much better effort from them at home where they went 33-8 this season. Aldridge needs to have a big game along with Gay off the bench, but I think the Spurs can breathe some life into this series with a narrow win in front of the home crowd.