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Spurs a Heavy Favorite in Game One Over Warriors

Will the Spurs' long run of good playoff form be enough to see off the underdog Warriors?

Will the Spurs’ long run of good playoff form be enough to fend off the underdog Warriors?


The San Antonio Spurs will host the Golden State Warriors in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals tonight at San Antonio. If you think you might want to go to a game in this series, you may be interested to know that the San Antonio Spurs home, the AT&T Center is rated the number one venue in the NBA according to Stadium Journey.

If you are looking to place a wager on tonight’s game, then Oddsmaker has the line on tonight’s game,

Golden State is +8.5 -110 while the Spurs are -8.5 -110 ATS. Moneyline has the Warriors at +425 while the Spurs are -550. Over/Under is 201.5.

While the Spurs should  be favored, they seem to be underestimating the Warriors a bit. They just dispatched the three seed, Denver Nuggets in six games with forward David Lee out for four of those and Stephen Curry playing on a sprained ankle throughout the series. Maybe that is why the odds makers don’t like them so much?

Plus there is also the fact that the Spurs haven’t played a game in over a week, so they are well rested. With an older team like San Antonio, this is often a very good thing. With Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli and Tim Duncan getting to rest those tired old bones for a bit, they should be very sharp tonight.

But 8.5 points still seems like a lot to give the Warriors. And +425 is very tempting too. Curry is emerging as one of those players who really steps it up in the big games. If Lee is getting healthier and is able to contribute more, the Warriors could be tough.

The “X” factor in this series is Andrew Bogut. He has done little as a Warrior, but in Game Six against Denver he scored 14 points and pulled down 21 rebounds. If he continues to play like that, then the Warriors have a “Big Three” that might be even better than the Spurs “Big Three.”

We just feel like 8.5 points is too good to pass up. We’re not saying the Warriors will beat the Spurs though, but take the Warriors +8.5 and also go with the over -110.

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