After a win in Game 1 the Phoenix Suns look to take a 2-0 lead on the San Antonio Spurs tonight when the clash in Game 2 of their second-round playoff series.
Before Game 1 there were some questions as to how effective Steve Nash would be for Phoenix while playing through a nagging hip injury. The answer proved to be ‘very effective’. The three days off between series seemed to energize Nash as he went off for 33 points and 10 assists to lead the Suns to a 111-102 win as 4.5-point favorites at Sportsbook.
Nash shot an impressive 13-of-19 in the win, as the Suns as a team shot 52% to break the Spurs’ usually stout defense. Jason Richardson added 27 points and Amare Stoudemire chipped in with 23 points and 13 rebounds.
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Manu Ginobili, playing with tape over his broken nose, led the Spurs with 27 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Tony Parker netted 26 points off the bench and Tim Duncan delivered 20 points and 11 rebounds.
George Hill had a lame showing in Game 1 with nine points on 2-of-9 shooting and Richard Jefferson continued to frustrate Spurs fans with a dismal line of five points and three rebounds on 1-of-3 shooting.
The Spurs shouldn’t be overly concerned with the Game 1 loss, as they also lost Game 1 against Dallas in the Sportsbook round before wining the next three.
Phoenix is a 2.5-point chalk in tonight’s game while the total was set at 205.5. In Game 1 the total went over after also being set at 205.5.
Most bettors likely prefer going with the OVER whenever the high-scoring Suns are playing, but that isn’t always the right way to go. Before posting an OVER in Game 1 versus the Spurs the Suns had gone UNDER the total in four straight games. Their playoff over-under results so far favor the UNDER at 4-2-1.
San Antonio has also been an UNDER machine through the postseason. Before posting an OVER in Game 1 they had gone UNDER the total in five straight. Their overall over-under results for the postseason so far stand at 5-1-1 UNDER.