Posted: 5/16/2017 10:54:04 AM
LEONARD-LESS SPURS ARE RARE MASSIVE UNDERDOGS IN GAME 2 VS WARRIORS. Through two and a half quarters of Game 1 of their conference final series with the Golden State Warriors, the San Antonio Spurs were well on their way to shocking the basketball world. But when superstar small forward Kawhi Leonard was forced to leave the game with an ankle injury, things took a turn for the worse and the Spurs couldn’t recover. With Game 2 set for Tuesday, sportsbooks opened the Spurs as 13.5-point road favorites with a total of 209.5
The total has gone OVER in three of the Spurs' last four games against the Warriors.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Golden State's last 7 games
The Warriors are 5-1 ATS in their last six games after an ATS loss.
The Spurs are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games in the playoffs as road underdogs.
San Antonio led by as many as 25 and were up 23 when Leonard landed on Dubs center Zaza Pachulia’s foot after attempting a jump shot in the third quarter, after which the Warriors went on a ridiculous 18-0 run and outscored San Antonio 58-33 the rest of the game. Leonard has already been ruled out for Game 2.
Leonard didn’t play in the Spurs’ clinching game over the Houston Rockets in Game 6, where San Antonio hammered James Harden and company 114-75. LaMarcus Aldridge tried to pick up the slack in the conference final series opener and did his part by scoring 28 points, but missed a tying 3-point attempt in the final seconds.
Without Leonard around, Stephen Curry scored 26 of his 40 points in the second half while Kevin Durant, who was harassed by Leonard for the first 28 minutes of the tilt, went off in the final two quarters.
The perennially contending Spurs are in unfamiliar waters right now in the sports betting sphere. The last time San Antonio closed as more than a 13-point underdog was 2005.
The OVER, which easily cashed in Game 1, is trending when San Antonio hits the road. In the Spurs’ last 10 away from AT&T Center, the OVER is 8-2.OVER 209.5