Spurs’ Last-Ever Visit To Oakland Should Be Shootout Wednesday

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 5:24 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 5:24 PM UTC

Kawhi Leonard who? The Spurs are co-leading the Southwest Division despite trading their best player this offseason. They make their first and last visit of the season to Golden State for Wednesday’s ESPN late game.

San Antonio (32-23, 31-23-1 ATS) at Golden State (37-15, 23-28-1 ATS)Wednesday, 10:30 p.m. ET (TNT)Free NBA Picks: Warriors ATS & OverBest Lines Offered: BetOnline

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Is this the best coaching job that Gregg Popovich has done with the Spurs? They were supposed to take a significant step back this season after trading Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, but there they are atop the Southwest Division (tied with Houston) and more than likely to make the postseason for the 22nd straight season. Will the Spurs win a round in the playoffs? This writer rather doubts it unless they get home-court advantage. Don’t see that happening.

Wednesday is San Antonio’s only visit this season to Oakland, although it’s possible these teams meet in the first round of the playoffs. The Dubs are going to finish either first or second in the West, and the Spurs could drop to seventh or eighth.

Golden State has lost the past two in this series, but both of those were in San Antonio (one last season) – where the Dubs have dropped 36 of their past 39 regular-season games. It was 104-92 on Nov. 18. LaMarcus Aldridge dominated that night with 24 points on 10-for-16 shooting and 18 rebounds. Neither Steph Curry nor Draymond Green played for the Warriors, who were in a bit of a funk back then. Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson had 26 and 25 points, respectively, but no other starter more than eight.

The Warriors have won the past two at Oracle Arena in the series – this will be Spurs’ last-ever game there barring a postseason matchup with Golden State moving to San Francisco.

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Bet Spurs Or Warriors ATS?

Golden State is well-rested as it hasn’t played since beating the visiting Lakers on Saturday, 115-101, catching a break with LeBron James a late scratch. Thompson was back after missing a game due to illness and had a team-high 28 points on 10-for-15 shooting. Durant had 21 and 11 assists for his fourth points-assists double-double of the season, one more than all of last season. DeMarcus Cousins had 18 points and 10 rebounds. He looks fabulous already.

The Warriors lead the NBA in scoring (118.7 ppg) and field goal percentage (.490) and have scored at least 100 points in 23 straight games. That’s the longest since the club had 36 in a row in 2016-17. When Curry, Thompson, Durant, Green and Cousins start, the Dubs are 5-0 this year.

San Antonio started its annual Rodeo Road Trip on Monday (only in Texas!) – the Spurs won’t play at home again until Feb. 27 – by seeing its five-game winning streak end in a 127-112 loss at Sacramento. A couple of seasons ago, it would have been unthinkable for a Popovich team to allow 127 points and a team to shoot 55.6 percent, but the NBA is a different game now.

The Spurs have been hammered by injuries at point guard this season and they have struck again as emerging Derrick White missed the game with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, and White’s not expected to play the rest of this week at a minimum. Pop figures to mix-and-match a starter to replace White depending on matchups; it was Davis Bertans on Monday.

  • Spurs are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 day of rest.
  • Warriors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 3 or more day of rest.
  • Over is 9-1-1 in Spurs last 11 games after allowing more than 125 points in their previous game.
  • Over is 7-2 in Warriors last 9 vs. Western Conference.

Keep in mind that San Antonio plays again Thursday in Portland, so not out of the question that Popovich rests a guy or two Wednesday -- update: both LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan are sitting. San Antonio already is on a four-game ATS losing streak and at a major rest disadvantage. Back the Warriors ATS for a Wednesday NBA pick with a secondary ‘over’ lean.

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