San Antonio Spurs @ Golden State Warriors – Thursday May 16, 2013 (San Antonio leads series 3-2)
As far as the betting experts are concerned, this series between the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors has everything a basketball fan could want. It seems as though these teams are not affected by the venues where the games are being played as each team has a win in the other team’s building. So the fact that games six is being played in Oakland may not have as much bearing on the outcome as many people would expect.
The sports betting experts see a veteran team trying to out-think a young and aggressive team. So far, the veteran team holds the upper hand, but all of that could change after game six. The Warriors do not seem at all intimidated by the San Antonio Spurs and the Spurs seem able to run with the Warriors. But as the series wears on, the age of the Spurs could become a factor as the teams start to push harder and harder for a series win. The Spurs are trying to reach their second Western Conference finals in a row, while the Warriors are still trying to prove that they belong in the postseason.
San Antonio Spurs
If you bet on sports, then you know how heavily the Spurs were favored to win this series. Some sports fans are still surprised that the Warriors were able to get past the Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs. But the Spurs are taking nothing for granted, which is why San Antonio is leading this series instead of being eliminated by now. The Spurs will pull out all of the stops to try and put an end to this series on Thursday. The last thing San Antonio wants to do is play Golden State in a game seven.
Golden State Warriors
The sportsbook experts are surprised at how much the Golden State Warriors have developed throughout the course of this series. Golden State looks like a young team taking full advantage of an opportunity to learn what it means to be a playoff winner in the NBA. The Warriors may not have the full fire power they need to pull of this game six upset, but this series sets a tempo that the Warriors will use to be more successful next season and make an even deeper run into the playoffs.
The Bottom Line
No matter what happens in this game, the Golden State Warriors will come away with valuable experience. This will be a much closer game than most people expect. San Antonio has the talent and the experience to win this game, but Golden State is not going to let this game go easily. This will be a full battle for both teams that will be a treat for NBA fans to watch.
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Pick: San Antonio Spurs