May 22, 2017

NBA Handicap Betting Previews – Monday 22nd May by @DavAulak

Golden State Warriors @ San Antonio Spurs Game 4

The San Antonio Spurs came out in Game 3 swinging from the hips and they rattled Golden State for a brief moment. However it wasn’t long before the Warriors showed why they have been considered the favourite to win the NBA Championship from the day they signed Kevin Durant as the All-Star made some huge plays to see off the challenge of the Spurs.

It is a big ask for the San Antonio Spurs to come back and win the series from 0-3 down against a team as good as the Golden State Warriors. Injuries haven’t helped the cause with Tony Parker and Kahwi Leonard both banged up and it seems a long shot for Leonard to return for Game 4 despite him telling the media he was ready to go for Game 4.

Gregg Popovich will not risk the health of the face of the franchise for years to come in a series that might feel it is already beyond them. Instead he will look to the healthy players to show some pride and at least force this series to head back to Oakland for Game 5 by finding a way to win Game 4 in front of their own fans.

The problem is that San Antonio don’t have the depth to really hurt an opponent who has stars shooting from all angles. If you slow down Durant, Steph Curry takes over or Draymond Green or Klay Thompson and I do think the Warriors will close the show on Monday, although I am not convinced I want to back them to cover what looks a big number.

As good as the Warriors are Defensively, they have not been able to shut down the San Antonio Offense which is run smoothly and will find shots for the players on the court. I am not convinced they will have the shooting to stay with the Warriors, but this is another game that could move ‘over’ the total point line.

The ‘over’ is 4-0 in the last four between these teams including in all of the Western Conference Finals Play Off games and I am going to look for enough shooting to cover this number too.

Handicap Betting Recommendation: San Antonio Spurs-Golden State Warriors Over 216 Total Points at 1.95

Prices correct at the time of writing.

By @DavAulak

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