National Basketball Association: Western Conference Finals
Game 2 SA vs. GS Best-of-7: GS Leads 1-0
San Antonio Spurs (61-21, 30-11 away) at Golden State Warriors (67-15, 36-5 home)
May 16, 2017- 9:00 PM ET (TV ESPN) ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA
With All-Star Kawhi Leonard expected to be out of action, the San Antonio Spurs may be in big trouble heading into Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals when both teams take to the Oracle Arena floor on Tuesday night with the following betting lines from our best US sportsbooks;
Best Spurs Lines: MyBookie Spread (+13.5) ML “See Live Odds”
Best Warriors Lines: BetOnline Spread (-13.5) ML -1800
Over/Under: MyBookie 208.5
All indications is that the Spurs will be without their MVP candidate heading into Game 2 and perhaps longer as Leonard is dealing with an ankle injury at the hands of Golden State center Zaza Pachulia in Game 1; a play that head coach Gregg Popovich likened to “manslaughter.”
None to happy at all with the “dirty” play by Pachulia, Popovich without his best player will now need his team to circle the wagon and figure out how to solve the Warriors on Tuesday or risk going down 0-2 in this best-of seven series Western Conference Finals.
An MRI on the left foot/ankle on Leonard proved negative; positive news for the Spurs at least as it will leave the door open for a possible return on Saturday as the series will shift to San Antonio.
Game 1 was a bitter pill to take for the Spurs as not only did they blow a 23 point lead on the road leading midway through the third quarter, but also saw the loss of their centerpiece in Leonard. Putting up 78 points on the Warriors in 28 minutes of play, the loss of Leonard at 7:53 of the third quarter proved fatal as San Antonio was only able to muster 28 points the rest of the way resulting in a 113-111 defeat.
Already without their PG in Tony Parker, who is done for the season, the loss of Leonard may be too much to burden in Game 2 as the Warriors now smell “blood in the water” with San Antonio losing their best player.
Games 3 and 4 will be back in San Antonio on Saturday and Monday.
And in the case of the Spurs, they are hoping that Game 3 will also mark the return of Leonard.
As for the Game 3 betting lines for our US players, BetOnline is favoring GS (-13.5) points over SA with an over/under of 208.5 total game points scored from MyBookie; a number I will play as I will favor the OVER of 208.5 total game points scored as my best sports betting pick.