Warriors: Conference finals schedule vs. Spurs set

Spurs face quick turnaround before conference finals

San Antonio, which opened the regular season with a 129-100 win at Golden State, opened as a 10½-point underdog in Sunday's series opener.

During the season, Harden became the first player in National Basketball Association history to both score and assist on 2,000 of his team's points.

Looking at the betting trends, the Spurs are 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 games against a team above.600, 2-6 ATS in their last eight games playing on two days' rest and 6-2 ATS in their last eight Conference Finals games. They ran in transition more than any other team in basketball, but also averaged the second-most points per possession in their half-court sets per Synergy Sports. So how do they match up now? The Silver and Black closed out the series two nights later in Houston, rolling to an 114-75 rout in Game 6 without Leonard and Tony Parker, who was lost for the remainder of the postseason after rupturing a left quadriceps tendon in Game 4. Without his physical presence, Aldridge went to work, scoring 10 points in the first quarter as the Spurs jumped to a 31-24 lead. I think the Warriors win this series in six games starting with a double-digit win and cover at home. Curry, Durant and Thompson are three of the best shooters in the league, and the Golden State offense functions just fine with Green as a distributor.

The narrative used to be that the Spurs and the Warriors play such a similar, pass-first style. Many expect Cleveland and Golden State to duke it out again this year, but Golden State first has to contend with San Antonio.

The Warriors, on the flip side, sport the second-lowest percentage of unassisted baskets at 33.8 percent. "I'm looking for us to go all the way and Lebron, here we come".

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Combine that with the fact that Green absolutely owns Aldridge. He's been spotty for the Spurs throughout the playoffs, though he finished with 34 points and 16 rebounds against the Rockets in Game 6. But here's the kicker: typically when a team is an offensive or defensive juggernaut, they struggle on the other end of the floor, leaving them vulnerable as a whole.

The game was pretty much over at halftime as the Spurs held a 19-point lead and running away with the game. Jonathon Simmons had a great series against the Rockets, and he showed on Opening Night that he will be a problem for the Warriors.

A year ago would've been really interesting. But will they be able to do that in this next series? Pau Gasol is a nice addition for them, but at 36 years, he will be trying to stop the duo of Javale McGee and Zaza Pachulia.

Klay Thompson will never have this much room to operate against the Spurs. Mills shot 1 for 8 and missed all six of his 3-point tries for five points. Still, it demonstrates why San Antonio is the biggest threat in the West to the Warriors, and why the Warriors were perhaps a bit fortunate to avoid the Spurs until now.

"When we went down there our last time playing them in the regular season, they jumped on us the first quarter by making shots, but majority were second, third and fourth opportunities", Curry said. Efficiency also did it for the Spurs, as they committed only 7 turnovers and shot 53% from the field.

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