Spurs May Hang Around, but Warriors to Finish Series in Oakland

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Matthew Jordan

Monday, April 23, 2018 2:30 PM UTC

Monday, Apr. 23, 2018 2:30 PM UTC

The Golden State Warriors can and should finish off the Spurs in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round series Tuesday night back in Oakland.

Game 5: Spurs (1-3) at Warriors (3-1)Free NBA Pick: SpursBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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Three Game 5s on the NBA playoff schedule Tuesday, and we’ll have you covered on all three here at SBR. The night starts with a 7 p.m. ET tip from Boston as the Celtics host the Bucks with that series knotted at two. Swinging Johnson will have a write-up. Then, it’s Heat-76ers from Philadelphia (8 p.m. ET) and Doug Upstone will tell you whether the Sixers will wrap up that series. I’m here to talk about the late game (10:30 p.m. ET) on TNT as the Warriors look to finish things off in Game 5 back in Oakland against the Spurs.

Golden State knows that the New Orleans Pelicans are waiting in the conference finals after Anthony Davis & Co. shockingly swept away the No. 3 Portland Trail Blazers. Surely, the Warriors will play with more urgency Tuesday so they can get as much rest as possible ahead of the next round as well as avoid heading back to San Antonio for a potential Game 6 on Thursday. I don’t think there’s any doubt the Warriors do win Tuesday, but will they cover that big number?

The favorite has covered nine of the past 11 between these teams.

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Blast from Past for Manu

The Spurs are nothing if not a group of professionals, so it shouldn’t have surprised many that they won Game 4 on Sunday in a modest upset, 103-90 to avoid the embarrassing sweep. In what might have been the final home game in the career of future Hall of Famer Manu Ginobili (and he will be one), he stepped up with 16 points, five assists, three assists and a plus-18 rating in 25 minutes off the bench. Ten of Ginobili's points came in the final six minutes of the fourth quarter; he hadn't scored 10 points or more in the fourth quarter of a playoff game since 2012 (and Ginobili was scoreless in Game 3). LaMarcus Aldridge kicked in 22 points and 10 rebounds.

It was the second straight game the team played without head coach Gregg Popovich, who continues to be away from the club to mourn the recent passing of his wife Erin. Hasn’t been established as of this writing whether Pop will return Tuesday. Etore Messina, who coached Ginobili for a spell with Virtus Bologna in Italy, from 2000-02, has been running the team. Messina is highly regarded around the NBA and is interviewing for the Charlotte top job. Sunday’s victory was the 132nd postseason win in the career of Ginobili and Tony Parker, the most of any pair of teammates in league history. Ginobili has yet to decide if he will play again next season.

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With tonight’s win, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili become the winningest duo in NBA Playoff History.

Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili (132)
Tim Duncan and Tony Parker (131)
Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili (126)
Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher (123)
Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen (117) pic.twitter.com/9s2S679DcT

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The Warriors seemed to largely be going through the motions Sunday, knowing they essentially had a throw-away game. Kevin Durant showed up with 34 points (although it took him 28) shots and 13 rebounds. Klay Thompson was just 4-for-16 for 12 points. Draymond Green was held to nine points but did pull down 18 rebounds and hand out nine helpers. The Dubs had won 18 straight playoff games against conference opponents, the longest such streak in NBA history.

  • Warriors are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games.
  • Warriors are 3-12 ATS in their last 15 games playing on 1 day of rest.

ESPN sister site FiveThirtyEight gives the Warriors a 70 percent chance of winning Game 5, which means the Warriors are about -230 on the converted moneyline (in reality -800 at BetOnline) and should win by around 5.5. We’ll say the Spurs stay within the number for a Tuesday NBA pick – even though they have failed to cover nine straight on the road -- but that the Dubs move on.

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