San Antonio Spurs (3-2) vs. Golden State Warriors (2-3) NBA Betting Preview
Date/Time: May 16, 10:30 pm EST
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NBA Betting Favorite: Spurs -1
The San Antonio Spurs looked more like the Spurs of old in their Game Five win at home. The Spurs dominated the second half to win 109-91. Golden State’s offense never got going, and the Warriors made far too many careless turnovers to keep up with San Antonio. The Warriors have showed a ton of fight in the playoffs, and they’ll be trying to force a game 7 with a win in this game.
San Antonio hadn’t really put together an impressive full game in this series until their Game 5 win. The Spurs played pretty well in Golden State in Games 3 and 4, but they gave away a late lead in Game 4. Tony Parker is arguably having the best season of his career. Parker scored 25 points and had 10 assists in Game Five. He is doing a terrific job getting open looks from outside for guys like Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, and Gary Neal. Green has been great in the Spurs wins this series, so they’ll need a good effort from him in this game.
Tim Duncan picked up his 143rd career playoff double double in Game 5. Duncan hasn’t had the best shooting numbers in this series, but he continues to do everything else very well. Manu Ginobili has struggled for much of this series, and the Spurs will need him to get going if they are going to stick around in the playoffs much longer. San Antonio is second in the NBA in field goal percentage offense. Defensively, the Spurs are a little better this year than they were last season.
Mark Jackson has done a terrific job with this young Golden State Warriors team. Golden State absolutely believes they can win, and that makes them a dangerous team. Stephen Curry was great in Game One and Klay Thompson was magnificent in Game Two, but those two have shot 35 percent and 34 percent since those first two games. These guys are the heart and soul of this team, and their team needs a big performance from them in Game Six. Harrison Barnes scored 26 in Game Four and 25 in Game Five. His emergence as a third scoring option is big for the Warriors. Jarrett Jack continues to provide great leadership at the point guard spot.
Golden State is a much better team with Andrew Bogut on the floor, which is why he really needs to do a better job staying out of foul trouble. Bogut hasn’t gotten to play big minutes in this series, and the Spurs have taken advantage when he isn’t on the floor. Golden State’s strong defense wasn’t very good last game, and Mark Jackson knows his team must make San Antonio work harder for their shots if they are going to force a Game 7.
Free Pick: Spurs -1
San Antonio is one of the best road teams in the NBA, and I like the way they have played since Game 3. Look for the Spurs to finish the series on the road in Game 6.
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