2018 NBA Playoffs Odds & Game 2 Pick: Spurs at Warriors

Posted by Jordan Walters on Monday,April 16, 2018 9:18, EDT in

The San Antonio Spurs barely showed up in Game 1 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series against Golden State. Will things be any different in Game 2 Monday night in Oakland? Mybookie.ag oddsmakers have the Dubs as 9.5-point favorites in the NBA Playoffs odds.

Spurs at Warriors 2018 NBA Playoffs Odds & Game 2 Pick

When: Monday, 10:30 PM ET
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland
TV: TNT
Stream: NBA.tv
Radio: WOAI 1200 AM (San Antonio) / 95.7 FM (Golden State)
NBA Playoffs Odds: Warriors -9.5 (205.5)

Why Bet on San Antonio’s NBA Playoffs Odds?

I’d sure feel better recommending the Spurs if superstar Kawhi Leonard were to make a surprise return from a mysterious quad injury that limited him to nine regular-season games. Alas, Leonard is not expected to return at any point during the postseason.

Leonard is still rehabbing in New York and has not been cleared by his doctors, and that rehab has been in collaboration and with the approval of the Spurs’ medical staff. Yet, reportedly the Spurs doctors have cleared Leonard to play. His own team of doctors hasn’t cleared him. Very strange situation. When asked about the potential Round 1 availability of Leonard, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said, “you’ll have to ask Kawhi and his group that question.” That doesn’t sound like a happy coach.

Leonard — the 2013-14 NBA Finals MVP — missed the first 27 games of the season with the quadriceps injury and returned on a limited basis Dec. 12, playing nine games over the next month. He last played 29 minutes on Jan. 13 and hasn’t returned to the court since.

San Antonio also will be without reserve big man Joffrey Lauvergne for Game 2 due to personal business. If he’s missing a playoff game, well, something bad likely happened with his family. Let’s hope not.

The Spurs’ other star, LaMarcus Aldridge, was way too quiet in the 113-92 Game 1 loss with 14 points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block. That’s just not going to cut it. In the first three quarters, the Spurs had zero second-chance points and they only shot 5-of-21 in the paint. The Warriors kept double teaming Aldridge.

Kyle Anderson did not score with three rebounds and one assist in 11 minutes during his start. Anderson didn’t start the second half, Rudy Gay did. Gay scored 15 points with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes.

Danny Green had two three-pointers, his 50th playoff game with multiple three-pointers, one of only four players to do so since he joined the Spurs (Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, LeBron James). Manu Ginobili also recorded two threes, becoming the first 40-year-old in NBA history to hit multiple three-pointers off the bench in a playoff game.

Why Bet on Golden State’s NBA Playoffs Odds?

Are the Warriors a safe bet in Game 2 vs. the Spurs?

The Warriors had the lead for the entirety of Game 1, at point going up by as many as 28 points. Kevin Durant was terrific during with 24 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes. The Spurs really don’t have anyone to guard Durant, so he’s likely to have a huge series. Of course, Steph Curry remains sidelined.

Klay Thompson made 11-of-13 from the field for 27 points with two rebounds, two assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 35 minutes of Game 2. He was the game’s leading scorer. With Curry out for the next week, Thompson should continue to see shots in the teens.

JaVale McGee scored 15 points with four rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 16 minutes during his start. Coach Steve Kerr said he plans to stick with his center the whole way through the series. McGee didn’t start much during the regular season. Quinn Cook came off the bench on Saturday with five points, four rebounds, two assists and one block in 25 minutes.

Andre Iguodala scored three points with seven rebounds, four assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes. He did suffer a minor left leg injury and had to go to the locker room just before half. He’s expected to play in Game 2. The team remains without reserve guard Patrick McCaw. He suffered a scary back injury and probably misses the playoffs.

Golden State has a 10-5 record (6-2 at home, 4-3 on the road) against San Antonio in the NBA playoffs all-time. The Warriors have a 2-1 series record against the Spurs in the postseason with the two teams meeting in the 1991 Western Conference First Round (Warriors win, 3-1), 2013 Western Conference Semifinals (Spurs win, 4-2) and 2017 Western Conference Finals (Warriors win, 4-0).

In all Game 2s, the Warriors have a 32-31 record (11-1 since 2015), having won their last eight Game 2s, all coming at home. In the playoffs, the Warriors have a 105-48 (.686) record at home, including a 30-5 (.857) mark since 2015.

Latest NBA Betting Trends

 

  • San Antonio is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • San Antonio is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Antonio’s last 6 games
  • Golden State is 7-15 ATS in its last 22 games
  • Golden State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Golden State’s last 6 games at home

 

Expert NBA Betting Prediction

Spurs just don’t have enough without Leonard. This will be a bit closer but the Warriors cover again.