The upstart Golden St Warriors will be the road team as they open up their Western conference semifinal best of seven NBA playoff series with the San Antonio Spurs in a pro basketball game on Monday night. Tip off time for game one from San Antonio is scheduled for 9:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by TNT TV.
The odds from this NBA playoff game has the home team San Antonio Spurs favored by -8 ½ points with an over under line of 201 points. Early money from the betting public has not moved these odds since they came out a few days ago.
The Spurs and Warriors met four times during the regular season with each team winning on their home court. Golden St covered the point spread in three of the four games.
The Warriors advanced into the Western conference semifinals after disposing of the Denver Nuggets in six games. They come off the 92-88 home victory in game six on Thursday to the Denver Nuggets as a -2 point home betting favorite. The game finished under 211 points. The Warriors took control of this game in the third quarter by outscoring the Nuggets 33-20 in victory. They survived a 40.3% shooting game, 21 turnovers and connected on 7 of 25 three pointers. Golden St did a good job at the free throw line making 23 of 24 shots. The team crushed Denver on the glass by a 55-44 margin. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 22 points and eight assists as he made 6 of his 14 shots. Andrew Bogut had 14 points and 21 rebounds on 7 of 10 shooting. Golden St held the Nuggets to just 34.7% from the field and 7 of 28 came from the three point line. The Warriors had 14 more turnovers than Denver and were aided to victory by bad free throw shooting by the Nuggets as they miss 8 of 21 from the charity stripe. Golden St needs to clean up those turnovers against the Spurs. The Warriors are the top three point shooting team in basketball as they make 40.3% from beyond the arc. They are seventh best in the NBA in scoring offense with 101.2 points scored per game. On defense the team is fourth best in defensive field goal percentage by allowing just 43.9% shooting to their opponents
The Spurs qualifies for the Western conference semifinals after sweeping the LA Lakers 4-0 in the first round of the playoffs. San Antonio is coming off the series clinching 103-82 road victory against an injury riddled LA Lakers on Sunday April 28th as a -11 point betting favorite. The game finished under the total of 190 points. San Antonio won every game against the Lakers by double digits. LA was playing without Kobe Bryant and the Lakers were losing more rotational players as the series got deeper and deeper and game four looked like LA was fielding a Summer League team around Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard. The Spurs went up 52-34 at the half in victory. They shot 46.4% from the floor and made 5 of 16 three pointers.