NBA Playoffs 5-16-17 – Free Picks
We got a win yesterday after the Celtics managed to cover -5 and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. The West Finals are back in action today as the Spurs head to Golden State to take on the Warriors.
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San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors -14 Total: 210
The Spurs head into Oracle down 1-0 to the Warriors. Game 1 was one to watch, as Golden State came back from 25 points down to beat San Antonio by a score of 113-111. Kawhi Leonard was dominating the game, but coming down on Warriors’ center, Zaza Pachulia’s foot, after a jump shot – he left the game. Many went beyond saying it was poor defense, to alleging it was a deliberate attempt to injure and dirty play.
The tide turned from there as Golden State rallied and took the lead in the second half. San Antonio went from most likely gaining a 1-0 lead on possibly the league’s best team – to now being without him and down a game in the series.
Leonard is doubtful to play in tonight’s contest. An MRI performed yesterday revealed no structural damage on his ankle. That’s a positive, but it will still likely keep him out of action tonight. Although, as of this writing, he has not been formally ruled out.
The Warriors opened the game as a -12 favorite. Betting action has been even between the two teams, but the odds have moved to -13.5 and -14 at most sportsbooks for Golden State. The total opened at 211 points and has come down to 210 and 209.5.
Kawhi’s loss is massive, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. The Spurs are still one heck of a basketball team, even without their superstar. This line may be a slight overreaction to the loss the other night and Kawhi not playing.
Popovich will adjust. Let’s not forget, Leonard left the series clinching game against the Rockets and the Spurs still managed to rally from many points down and win in overtime. They will have a strong gameplan ready that isn’t centered around him. Take the points with the road team.
Pick: Spurs +14