NBA Betting: Spurs can overcome the odds to frustrate the Warriors in Western Conference


Never, ever, underestimate the San Antonio Spurs. Even short-handed. Even on longer odds. And even going up against NBA title favourites Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals which begin on Sunday.

As the Spurs showed in whipping the Houston Rockets on Thursday by 39 to clinch a 4-2 series win - despite the absence of both Kahwi Leonard and Tony Parker - they are a veteran team with a wild side of unpredictability, which could, at the very least, slow the Dubs expected progression to a Finals rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In fact, the Spurs claimed the regular season series 2-1, becoming one of only two teams to take a double dip over the 2015 champions and with Leonard expected back from an ankle sprain, they could yet make a mockery of their 7.50 odds to win the West.

It’s a huge ask, in truth. Kevin Durant missed two of those previous contests. And the Warriors, yet to drop a game this post-season, have been driven by their quest to right last year’s wrongs and by the personal mission of KD to add a championship to his otherwise-laden resumé.

Draymond Green, for the most part (if not entirely) has let his play do the talking with an average of 15 points and nine rebounds which could spell some difficulty for LaMarcus Aldridge whose offense will be central if San Antonio is to secure an upset.

Sure, the shooting of Klay Thompson has been sub-par, yet Golden State was still the top ranked scoring crew in the regular season and they’ve been right on their average then with 115.2 per game in the playoffs.

But the Spurs’ adjustments against both Houston and Memphis allowed them to hold their foes below 97 points in six of their eight victories so far.

While the Warriors are 1.16 to claim Game 1, don’t be shocked if going under 206.5 total points at 2.45 pays off.

Best bet: Take San Antonio Spurs at +6.5 at 2.70.

 

The Boston Celtics can close off their Eastern Conference semifinals with the Washington Wizards on Friday if they can become the first team in the series to win on the road.

The Wiz are 1.47 to force a game 7 but they’ll need to do more than just guard Isaiah Thomas to prevail. A failure to do that could split the Cs offense once again and in a duel that’s seen only Game 3 combine for fewer than 223 points, have a look over that tally at 2.70.