Golden State (60-14) at San Antonio (57-16)
When: Wednesday, March 29th 2017
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Time: 9:35 ET | TV: ESPN
The San Antonio Spurs will go for the season sweep over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night when the two teams meet in a pivotal Western Conference matchup. The Warriors will be playing their second game in two nights after last night’s 113-106 victory at the Houston Rockets. It was Golden State’s eighth win in a row to increase their lead to 2.5 games over the Spurs in the race for the top spot in the West. Warriors coach Steve Kerr stated that none of his healthy players will be held out of this game after four were rested when his squad lost 107-85 to the Spurs on March 11th. Kerr drew the ire of the league and ABC officials when he didn’t play guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, forward Draymond Green and swingman Andre Iguodala during the nationally televised loss to the Spurs earlier this month. Curry scored 32 points in the victory over the Rockets last night and is averaging 26.7 and 10 assists over his last three games. Green injured an ankle versus Houston but insisted afterward that he will play against the Spurs.
San Antonio is also playing well with five straight wins, including a 103-74 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. The Spurs are 29-7 at home, and Wednesday’s game begins a stretch of four of the next five are at the AT&T Center. San Antonio was without its two best players – forward Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge were out with injuries – in the recent win over Golden State and also intends to have all its players available. Leonard came up with a big game, scoring 25 points against Cleveland while once again limiting superstar LeBron James (7-of-17 shooting) with his tenacious defense. Aldridge has cooled off a bit, shooting just 13-of-32 from the field over his last two games. He averaged 21.4 points over the previous five games after missing two with heart arrhythmia issues. Shooting guard Danny Green is only 9-of-31 shooting over his last six games. The Spurs have won 34 of their last 35 home games against the Warriors, with Golden State’s win coming last season to end a 33-game streak.
It looks like all guys will play in this one except for Kevin Durant, who is still out with an injury. That, along with the fact that Golden State just played last night, gives the edge to San Antonio. The Spurs are a confident group coming off a route of the Eastern Conference’s best the other night. San Antonio has also dominated the season series.
Pick: Spurs -4.5
HEAD TO HEAD