Golden State Sends San Antonio Packing With 4-0 Sweep

Doug Upstone

Saturday, April 21, 2018 3:10 PM UTC

Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 3:10 PM UTC

While the San Antonio players would never say, they have to know down 3-0 in the series to Golden State is a monumental task. They will try and avoid the sweep at 3:35 Eastern on ABC.

Golden State(4-1 ATS run) vs San Antonio (0-5 ATS run)

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Free NBA Pick: Golden StateBest Line Offered: at 5Dimes

Can San Antonio at least cover one spread in this series? Keep reading.

Though it was inevitable, it was no less shocking when No.16 UM-Baltimore County upset top-seeded Virginia in the NCAA tournament. That ended an undefeated streak of 135-0 for No.1 seeds. The NBA Playoffs have an excessively long streak of their own with teams down 0-3 in a best of seven series 0-127 in trying to come back and win the series. That is what San Antonio faces as they prepare for this Sunday afternoon matchup.

The NBA odds have the Spurs as a 6.5-point home underdog with a total of 203.5. If San Antonio would continue to become an even larger dog of a point or even two, that would get the same reaction as Kim Kardashian West doing self-promotion.

The Spurs Have One of Two Options to Cover the Number

In this series, San Antonio has lost in order by 21, 15 and 13 points. The optimist will think - At least it's getting closer. The realist will counter with the Spurs obviously overmatched and they are about to be swept. One of two things has to happen for San Antonio to beat the sportsbooks.

The Spurs have not shot at least 43 percent in five consecutive games. In order to compete with a focused Golden State crew, at the very least they will have to connect on 46 percent or higher of shot attempts and reach at least 110 points. Anything less than that would probably mean another double-digit defeat.

On defense, San Antonio has given up better than 51 percent of shots made in their last four tilts. That is not going to get it done against Phoenix, let alone the Warriors. The way Golden State is passing the orange to find open shots, they are very difficult to defend, thus, the Spurs need a win the turnover battle by +10 and immediately convert those into points.

Golden State Players Have To Listen To Coaches

The end of the Spurs dynasty is at hand. Not that Golden State wants to be disrespectful, but if they can maintain the same focus everyone has seen in the last three encounters, it will be another Warriors whipping.

That is what coach Steve Kerr and his coaches have to sell their players. Jump up on San Antonio in the first quarter, take the crowd out of the game and their opponent's willingness to want to fight and compete. If Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green exhibit those leadership skills, it's an easy four-game sweep.

What to Expect for Outcome

For NBA picks, there is not even a hint that San Antonio has what it takes to compete in this series. Golden State is 12-3 ATS when leading in a playoff series the last two seasons, make it 13-3 ATS.

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