San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Preview 04/14/18

Kevon Looney

But if for some reason - either due to Curry's injury or otherwise - the Dubs fail to win a third title in four years, we could be looking at a completely different roster for the Warriors in 2019. As we know, the Warriors will be without Stephen Curry for at least the first round.

Durant had 11 points in the first quarter and surprise starter JaVale McGee gave Golden State an unexpected lift with nine points, helping the Warriors, the second seed in the Western Conference, take command from the start en route to as many as an 18-point lead in the first half. This season, the Spurs tied for first in points allowed per game and have used their stifling defense to win a ton of low scoring contests. Notably, center LaMarcus Aldridge had to work for every shot against the likes of McGee and Draymond Green, who almost had a triple-double thanks to 12 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.

Leading the Warriors now is fellow superstar Kevin Durant. Over the last month, Cook has had his share of breakout performances notching five games with 20 or more points. Two seasons ago, motivated by the urge to silence anyone who doubted their surprising run to the 2015 National Basketball Association title, the Warriors won a league-record 73 regular-season games. However, Leonard has only played in nine out of the team's 82 games this season and the team was still 47-35.

The Warriors are certainly solid on the defensive end, but their path to victory will be through their offense. The Spurs had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (24.4 vs. 5.1) and had a better turnover percentage (13.3 vs. 15.6). San Antonio was held to 40 percent shooting, and McGee suffocated Spurs star LaMarcus Aldridge, who was held to 14 points on 5-of-14 from the field.

Despite the injuries, the Celtics are a good defensive team but they could have trouble scoring points. San Antonio won their last matchup in March, but the Warriors were without Durant and Curry. Golden State is 0-4 ATS in its last four games versus a team with a losing road record.

The Warriors will probably have Draymond spend most of the game on Aldridge, with Jordan Bell/JaVale McGee/David West covering him whenever Green sits.

Kawhi Leonard still isn't ready to make his return to the court.

Despite being cleared by Spurs medical staff two months ago, Leonard has continued to recover from an injury to his right quadriceps under the care of a medical team apart from the Spurs organization. The Warriors' biggest problem all season has been focusing (or caring) enough to win against teams that should be able to dominate.

"When he's ready, he's ready but he's making progress, which is a good sign", Kerr said. "They were much better than us".

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