It’s been nearly a month since the Golden State Warriors failed to cover the spread, a span of 11 games that stretches over the final three contests of the regular season and into Friday's Game 3 showdown with the San Antonio Spurs.
The Warriors are a perfect 8-0 ATS in the postseason, coming away a pointspread winner in all six first-round matchups with the Denver Nuggets and covering in the first two games versus San Antonio, losing in double overtime in Game 1 and taking a 100-91 victory as 7.5-point road underdogs in Game 2 Wednesday.
This profitable run is impressive, especially for the Western Conference’s No. 6 seed and a team that finished the season with a 42-39-1 ATS mark - covering in just under 52 percent of its games.
The last time bettors saw a playoff team start this strong ATS, the 2008-09 Denver Nuggets opened the postseason with 12 straight ATS wins before going 1-3 ATS in their final four games and getting eliminated by the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference finals.
The 2000-01 Lakers, led by Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, were a dominant bet going 12-3 ATS (14-1 SU) en route to their second of three straight NBA titles in the early 2000s. The 1994-95 Houston Rockets also posted a 12-3 ATS postseason mark (11-4 SU), knocking off O’Neal and the Orlando Magic in the finals.
The 2010-11 Dallas Mavericks finished with a 15-4-2 ATS count (16-5 SU) when they shocked the Miami Heat to win the NBA Championship, including a 3-2-1 ATS record in the finals.
The Chicago Bulls went 13-4 ATS (15-2 SU) in the 1990-91 postseason and knocked off Magic Johnson and the Lakers for the first of Michael Jordan’s six NBA Championships.
The most ATS wins in a single playoff run belong to the 2003-04 Detroit Pistons, who finished 16-6-1 ATS (16-7 SU) and beat Los Angeles in five games in the finals, going 4-0-1 ATS in that series.
Golden State’s second-round opponents, the Spurs, are no strangers to profitable postseason runs. San Antonio went 12-5 ATS in 1998-99, 12-8 ATS in 2002-03, 15-8 ATS in 2004-05, and 14-5-1 ATS in 2006-2007. The Spurs are 4-2 ATS this postseason after Game 2.