San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Lakers
NBA action is fantastic! ( if you remember the 80’s catchphrase)
Well, for the Los Angeles Lakers it might not be so fantastic as they’re an exceedingly high 11 point underdog at home as the San Antonio Spurs look to shut the door on this series as the Spurs lead 3-0.
The Kobe Bryant injury was a killer, but Los Angeles has been plagued with injuries and that’s been the key to this series.
Throw in the Towel!
I’m from the “play with pain” school, as the Lakers face elimination. Obviously, they’re not from the same school of thought as Metta World Peace, Steve Nash, Jodie Meeks, and Steve Blake will all miss game 4.
What does that mean? This season is a “wrap” for this year for Los Angeles. With the remaining players on their roster, the Spurs could beat the Lakers in their sleep.
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Pau and Dwight
You’re not going to see much of anything else as this tandem is the best that the Lakers have to offer.
Don’t expect Marcus Morris and Andrew Goudelock to go off for another combined 44 points in this game. Even if they did, it wasn’t enough to win game 3. This comes down to a matter of the Spurs covering the spread. My only concern is coach Gregg Popovich taking out his starters early. I’ll take the risk. Take the Spurs in a route.
Pick- San Antonio -11 at Will Hill for you NBA picks.
Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors
We go from a non-competitive game to a very competitive game here in Oakland, California.
The Nuggets have had a storybook season, but this is a “must win” for them. Going down 3-1 in this series could mean curtains. The Nuggets are a 1.5 point betting favorite in this game. The betting odds in this game should be self-explanatory in telling you who the better team is.
Stopping Stephen Curry
This will be the key to the game for Denver. Curry is the main scoring threat on the Warriors without David Lee. In game 3, Curry had 29 points and 11 assists en route to a 110-108 Warriors victory.
If you look at the the starting lineups, the Nuggets have the edge. Their other goal will be to keep Jarrett Jack in check. Jack can be a very streaky player and the “x factor” in this game. The Warriors need big points from their guards; Klay Thompson can be very inconsistent at times as his 6 points in game 3 can attest to.
Laying Down “the Law”
Ty Lawson certainly did this in game 3, but his 35 points and 10 assists weren’t enough to defeat the Warriors on the road. The Nuggets are a very solid team from starters to bench, but they need that 2nd offensive threat to give them 20 plus points.
Andre Iguodala can do it all and has been spectacular in the playoffs, but he’s just not a pure scorer. Due to lack of experience from the starters, the Nuggets will need a veteran like Andre Miller to step up if they want to enhance their chances of winning this game.
This is a team that’s dominant at home. If the Nuggets can get by the Warriors here, this series will do a “360” and the Nuggets will win this series. The problem for Denver is that they have to steal one on the road.
Denver has hung tough, even in defeat. Look for Ty Lawson to have another big game and a 2nd option to step as the Nuggets bring this series back to the Pepsi Center knotted up at 2 apiece.
Enjoy the games!!!