The Warriors avenged their surprisingly earlier loss to Portland with a beat down last night that featured 15 combined three pointers by Klay and Steh, but the win may have come at a price. Andre Iguodala turned his ankle in the effort and is now looking at some time on the sidelines. All reports are it isn’t super-serious, so no real playoff impact, but it could impact the short term pursuit of 73 wins. They are down to 18 games to play and can only drop three. That SOUNDS reasonable until also factoring in that three of those 18 games involve the San Antonio Spurs, and two of them are IN San Antonio where the Spurs have, yep, won ALL 31 GAMES this season.
It’s gonna be fun for sure!
Getting smoked last night in Utah was certainly NOT fun for me, as Utah rolled over the underdog Wizards and easily covered the number. Let’s see if we can find a better dog to hunt tonight.
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Today’s Free Pick:
Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs -8.5
If you are prying your eyes away from the college hardwood tonight, this is a good reason to do so: the Spurs are putting their insane 31-game home perfection on the line against the dangerous visiting Thunder. OKC has had some moderate success against the Spurs, winning two of their last six meetings – not great, but better than most teams can boast. Can they do the difficult/impossible tonight and send the Spurs to a somber post game home locker room??
Probably not. They have dropped four of their last five in San Antonio, and as absurd as it sounds, this might be San Antonio’s best team ever. Yes, the Warriors are even better, which obscures the Spurs excellence, but by home record, overall record, and defensive talent and depth, this might be Coach Pop’s best squad. They should finish with no worse than high 60’s in wins, a remarkable accomplishment and one of the best NBA seasons ever – again, if not for Golden State…
But there is hope for OKC. Largely, the fact that San Antonio is just 1-4 ATS in their last five game and just 2-4 in their last six at home. Meanwhile, Oklahoma City is 2-2 against the Spurs in the last two seasons and has a lot to prove tonight. They had Golden State on the ropes before succumbing in devastating fashion. A win tonight would be ENORMOUS, but at the very least, they have to compete. I think they will. OKC has the firepower and size to give San Antonio some troubles. Look for Durant or Westbrook to take turns, depending upon who get Kawhi the heck away from them.
I think San Antonio likely stays perfect at home, but I like a better game than a wide 8.5 point spread indicates.