Date/Time: Sunday, April 28, 7 p.m. (ET)
NBA Betting Odds: VietBet
Pointspread: San Antonio -7
Total Line: 189
San Antonio is making it look easy in this best-of-seven opening round playoff series with three-straight victories by a combined 56 points including a lopsided 120-89 romp this past Friday as a six-point favorite on the road. The Spurs have covered against the spread in all three contests and the total has gone OVER in the last two.
The one injury concern for Sunday’s matchup is starting center Tiago Spitter, who remains questionable with sprained ankle. While his loss would hurt, the trio of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili is probably more than enough to bring this series to a merciful end with a four-game sweep. Parker is averaging a team-high 22 points while Duncan has been able to turn back the clock with 19.7 points and 8.0 rebounds. For good measure, Ginobili is chipping-in another 12.3 points and 4.3 assists in the winning effort.
Nobody expected too much from the Lakers in this series after Kobe Bryant was lost for the season with a torn Achilles, but things have been worse than expected. After being held to just 79 points in Game 1 in a 12-point loss as an 8.5-point road underdog, Los Angeles could not keep pace with the Spurs in a 102-91 Game 2 loss as a nine-point road underdog. Things hit rock-bottom on Friday night in the worst playoff loss at home in franchise history.
The only good news is that the Lakers may be getting an early look at the future with both Steve Nash and Metta World Piece expected to miss Sunday night’s game. In their place, player such as Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris are getting a chance to show their stuff. These two combined for 44 points in Friday’s loss while lighting it from the field. Goudelock is shooting 47.4 percent and Morris is hitting 56.5 percent of his shots from the floor in this series.
NBA Free Pick
You would have to think that Los Angeles would be able to muster some kind of rally in front of the home-town crowd after Friday’s embarrassment, but in reality look for San Antonio to keep its foot on the gas this Sunday night to put the beaten down Lakers out of their misery.
San Antonio 104 Los Angeles 96
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