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San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors - 4/22/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Golden State Warriors (60-24) at San Antonio Spurs (47-37)
Date & Time Sunday April 22, 2018, 3:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: San Antonio Spurs +6 -- Over/Under: 203.5
TV Channel
ABC, CSNB, FSSW
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NBA | Golden State Warriors (60-24) at San Antonio Spurs (47-37)
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The Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs meet Sunday in game four of the first round of the NBA playoffs at the AT&T Center.

The Golden State Warriors hope to complete the sweep here while getting some rest before the next round. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 113 points on 52.7 percent shooting and allowing 96.7 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 27.3 points and eight rebounds while Klay Thompson is averaging 25.7 points and three assists. Draymond Green is the third double-digit scorer and JaVale McGee is grabbing five rebounds. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 41.2 percent from beyond the arc and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. The Golden State Warriors are allowing 24.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game. The Golden State Warriors have split their last 10 road games.

The San Antonio Spurs need a victory here to save their season and force a game five on Tuesday. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 96.7 points on 41.3 percent shooting and allowing 113 points on 52.7 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 22 points and eight rebounds while Patty Mills is averaging 13.3 points and 2.7 assists. Rudy Gay is the third double-digit scorer and Pau Gasol is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 24.1 percent from beyond the arc and 83.8 percent from the free throw line. The San Antonio Spurs are allowing 41.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.3 rebounds per game. The San Antonio Spurs have won 11 of their last 12 home games.

The Warriors are 6-15 ATS in their last 21 Sunday games, 26-7 ATS in their last 33 Conference Quarterfinals games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Spurs are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Warriors are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in San Antonio, 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the favorite is 36-17-2 ATS in the last 55 meetings.

The San Antonio Spurs have hung around in all three games before running out of gas in the second half and losing by double digits. The Golden State Warriors have too much depth and too much firepower, and the Spurs are often LaMarcus Aldridge or bust offensively, which isn't going to get you far. The Spurs simply look like a team that's ready for the season to end, as they know they're outmatched, and it doesn't help with the personal issues going on with coach Gregg Popovich, as well as the ongoing Kawhi Leonard saga. The Spurs need this season to end so they can regroup. The Golden State Warriors are an experienced championship team that knows rest and playing the fewest games possible is important. The Warriors end this thing and win rather easily yet again.

Pick:
Golden State Warriors -6

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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