Date/Time: May 12th, 3:30 pm ET
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Oracle Arena is going to be rocking and rolling for what essentially probably is a must win NBA betting affair for the Golden State Warriors. They’ll take on the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Sunday in hopes that the trend continues with alternating wins and losses in this series.
Even if the Spurs lose this game by 40, they know that they have gotten the job done in Oakland. This was a tricky mission for sure, knowing that Oracle Arena is one of the toughest places to come play basketball in the NBA, but they got their win on Friday night in convincing fashion. San Antonio jumped out of the blocks with a 32-23 lead after one quarter, and unlike in games past when matters got a heck of a lot closer as the game went on and the Warriors had the advantage, this game was never in serious doubt. Golden State’s biggest lead was by five points, and that came early in the game. The play of G Tony Parker has been out of this world. He scored 32 points in Game 3, the highest point total that he has come up with in these playoffs, and he shot an incredibly efficient 13-of-23 from the field in doing so. F Tim Duncan also had a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds, proving that, even at 33 years old, he still has the goods to be one of the best power forwards in the league.
Golden State now knows that it really has to have this game if it is going to have a shot in this series. The team has to shoot the ball better, and of course, that means that G Stephen Curry needs to get on some fire. We have seen this man go off before, and this game probably isn’t going to be an exception, though for the first time in these playoffs, he is on a bit of a slump. Game 3 was the second straight poor shooting game that he has had in the second season, and he is ultimately going to have to probably knock down at least five threes if the team is going to compete. After his massive Game 2, G Klay Thompson only hit 7-of-20 from the field and scored just 17 points. He and Curry were the two best players on the team with a combined 33 points, though four others did score at least 11 for Head Coach Mark Jackson.
As quickly as the oddsmakers and the general public got on the Warriors, it almost feels like Game 3 has gotten everyone off of the bandwagon. However, we still think that Golden State has a very good chance to claim this game, especially at home in front of arguably the most raucous crowd that the NBA has to offer. It’s not a mistake that this team went 8-0 ATS before losing on Friday night. Golden State 103 – San Antonio 97
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