NBA Betting: The Warriors may be on their way to the Finals but don't expect the Spurs to make it easy

The odds are that the Golden State Warriors are heading for a third straight NBA Finals and that the San Antonio Spurs are going to fall short.

Down 2-0 as the Western Conference Finals switch to Texas on Saturday, the Spurs are now a mammoth 36.00 to prevail in a seven-game series with the 2015 champions a mere 2.00 to make this a sweep.

But let’s not write off San Antonio completely, especially if Kawhi Leonard can return at something close to his best in Game 3.

After all, despite their lacklustre lousy showing in midweek, which saw the Dubs inflict a 136-100 defeat that was among the worst of Gregg Popovich’s long reign, it’s easy to forget just how close the Spurs came to snatching one on the road in Game 1.

To prevail, they’ll surely need three factors to fall their way. As Pop noted, LaMarcus Aldridge needs to step up offensively after disappearing into the void.

Leonard must bring something, even if it is merely a psychological boost to wipe away some of the mental scars.

And the Spurs have to find their defensive cojones after giving up an average of 124.5 points in this series so far.

Against the Rockets – no mean offense themselves – they did manage to find ways to limit Houston for long spells. Sure, Golden State has more weapons and, to coin a phrase, Strength in Numbers.

But if San Antonio could keep the total points under 216 or so (a tally still good value at 2.18), then they have a shot at ending the Warriors unbeaten playoff run.

The East Finals look just as much of a foregone conclusion with the Cleveland Cavaliers looking to go 2-0 up on the Boston Celtics on Friday.

Even though Boston has done a great job of protecting homecourt thus far but with LeBron James in such menacing form, a 4-0 sweep, available at just 1.95, looks a banker with Cavs worth taking at -7.5 in Game 2 at 2.28

Best bet: Take San Antonio over Golden State at -1.5 at 3.00