The Golden State Warriors (51-29, 40-36-4 ATS) visit the San Antonio Spurs (34-46, 42-37-1) on Saturday at AT&T Center. The Warriors come into the contest on a three-game win streak while the Spurs are 3-1 over their last four outings. Can a depleted Golden State squad hold onto third place in the west? Find out in our Warriors vs Spurs prediction.
Warriors vs Spurs Odds & Analysis
The Warriors opened as a slim 1.5-point favorite with the total set at 222.5 points. The UNDER is 4-1 in Golden State’s last five games and 7-3 in the San Antonio’s last nine. The Spurs have been hot of late with seven wins over their last nine outings, while also winning six of the last nine meetings against the Warriors. With some key injuries to Golden State, the hosts could throw a wrench into your Warriors vs Spurs prediction.
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Warriors Trying To Manage Without Curry
The Warriors won their third straight contest on Thursday with a 128-112 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Klay Thompson led the way with 33 points as five others scored in double digits for Golden State. Talen Horton-Tucker dropped 40 for Los Angeles but the Lakers fell without LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook.
Since losing Steph Curry to a foot injury on March 16, the Warriors have struggled to gain much traction, going 4-6 over that span. Third-year guard Jordan Poole has stepped up in Curry’s absence, scoring 26.9 points over his last 10 games, but the offense has understandably taken a big hit without the two-time MVP.
Curry is not expected to return in the regular season while Thompson (rest) is also out for Saturday’s game.
Spurs Heating Up Ahead Of Play-In Tournament
The Spurs had a three-game win streak snapped on Thursday as they fell 127-121 to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Anthony Edwards had a monster game for Minnesota as he scored 49 points while Karl-Anthony Towns posted a double-double with 21 points and 13 boards. Keldon Johnson scored 20 to lead San Antonio in a well-rounded offensive performance for the Spurs, who had eight players finish in double digits.
Sitting 10th in the Western Conference, San Antonio is locked into the Play-In Tournament. Despite their mediocre position, the team has stepped it up over the last few weeks and put together their most consistent stretch of the season. The Spurs are averaging 118.2 points per game over their last nine contests – up five from their season average – while picking up impressive wins over the Warriors, New Orleans Pelicans and Denver Nuggets over that span.
Johnson (knee), Dejounte Murray (illness), Jakob Poeltl (back) and Devin Vassell (heel) are out. Romeo Langford (hamstring) is questionable while Jock Landale (foot) is probable.
Warriors vs Spurs Pick & Insights
Warriors: Keys to Cover
With Curry and Thompson out, the Warriors will need some secondary scorers to step up. We know that Poole is capable of stepping into the spotlight but Golden State will want to see more from Andrew Wiggins, who is averaging 17.2 points per game this season – his lowest mark since his rookie year.
Spurs: Keys to Cover
Although the Spurs are banged up and without each of their top four scorers, they have the depth to manage, as evidenced by their last outing where eight players finished with 10-plus points. If they can contain a depleted Warriors team, the Spurs could stay within striking distance and potentially even pick up the upset win.
Odds Shark’s Computer Warriors vs Spurs Prediction: Spurs +6.5
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