9:00 PM EST
Spurs +13.5 over Warriors
On paper you would assume the Warriors are going to blow the Spurs out without Kawhi but let’s not forget they absolutely dominated game one until he got hurt. That injury shifted all of the momentum and it’s extremely hard to make adjustments mid-game when a star player goes out. The Spurs are going to game plan for this game adjusting for Leonard being out and the Spurs still have the pieces to keep this game close. The Spurs have the big edge down low and they showed this scoring 56 points in the paint in game 1. This is the NBA and crazy things happen. I loved the Spurs in game 6 against the Rockets but I never thought they would win that game by 40. The Spurs are like the Pats of the NBA and always play their best when their backs are against the wall and everyone is counting them out. Danny Green did a great job defensively on Klay and if Curry and Durant didn’t go into God Mode last game in the 4th Quarter they would have lost that game. Aldrige needs to play a cleaner game with less turnovers but in a game where the Spurs are going to be super pissed off, this is way too many points. I also think the Warriors may let their guard down a little bit after that big comeback win and knowing Leonard is out. We’ve seen the Spurs pull big upsets like this in the past without Leonard and they will be going all out with huge effort tonight as this series is off until Saturday after this game. With tensions are running high and with the Spurs depth and size advantage, I think the Warriors should win but definitely not by a 13 point margin. Take the Spurs.