Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs
Date and Time: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 9 p.m. ET
Location: AT&T Center
NBA Odds: Golden State -6.5, O/U 212
Warriors vs. Spurs TV Coverage: ESPN
The Warriors are listed as 6.5-point favorites for Game 3, as oddsmakers are not sure whether or not Leonard will play. Based on that number they are leaning toward Leonard being out or not being at full strength. The Spurs have never been listed as home underdogs against the Warriors going back nearly 20 years. Golden State was a good road team during the regular season going 31-10 but the Spurs were good at home with a 31-10 record. It all comes down to whether or not Leonard plays, as to whether or not San Antonio has any chance on Saturday night.
The Spurs need LaMarcus Aldridge to start producing if they are to have any chance in this series, especially with Leonard out. “LaMarcus has to score for us,” head coach Gregg Popovich said. “He can't be timid. He turned down shots in the first quarter. He can't do it. You've got to score. Scoring has to come from someplace. I think he's got a major responsibility in Game 3 to come out and get something done. Whether it's for himself or teammates. They come after him, to find somebody, turn it over, take good shots. He's got to do it. No doubt about it.”
Golden State had not had much success in San Antonio until recently, as they have won two of the last three in San Antonio. Even with those two wins, they are still just 3-7 in San Antonio in the last 10 meetings. The games have been lower scoring with 4 of the last 5 going under the total.
Warriors vs. Spurs Free Picks
This series effectively ended when San Antonio blew a big lead and lost Game 1. The question now is if San Antonio can even get a single win in this series and get the series to a Game 5. If Leonard plays it is at least possible, although I still don’t see the Spurs winning without Leonard at full strength and that seems unlikely. I will lay the points with the Warriors and also take the game under the total.
Warriors vs. Spurs ATS Pick: Take the Warriors and go under the total at BetDSI
Warriors vs. Spurs Score Prediction: Warriors 108, Spurs 98