The Golden State Warriors came back in game one of the Western Conference Finals from being 20 points down in the first half to beating the San Antonio Spurs 113 to 111. The loss was bad enough for the Spurs but what was even tougher for them to take was the injury that their leading point scorer Kawhi Leonard suffered in game one. The injury occurred when the Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia attempted to defend a 3-point shot. In doing so, he stepped underneath Leonard and the action caused an ankle injury. Leonard, who this season is a NBA Most Valuable Player candidate, will not play in tonight’s game. The good news is his MRI came back negative and he could be back in the lineup when the series moves to San Antonio. For tonight’s Spurs play Warriors NBA Finals game two free pick Golden State is at -13.5. The over/under is 209.5 and at -107.
Now the Spurs are missing two key players, Leonard and Tony Parker. Parker is out for the duration. It’s hard to imagine what the team will do tonight to make up for Leonard’s ability to contribute in so many ways. LaMarcus Aldridge will look to center Pau Gasol for extra support. PF David Lee, who is averaging 18 minutes per game and 4.2 points and assists can hit from inside but cannot make up for Leonard’s massive outside shot.
PG Stephen Curry, SF Kevin Durant, SG Klay Thompson, and PF Draymond Green, along with centers Zaza Pachulia and JaVale McGee will push to get out in the lead early. Due to his move on Leonard the other night Pachulia may have a bounty on him. This game could get physical, as we noted, and that would mean that risk of injury would be higher than usual. Solid, quick ball movement, tough play on the boards, and three-points launches will all be major elements in Golden State’s game tonight.
Five keys to the Game
- This may be an extra physical game
- Leonard is out and someone has to step up for Spurs
- Warriors will push tempo and breaks
- Spurs need solid outside shooting
- Warrior D has become even more massive
Spurs Play Warriors NBA Finals Game Two Free Pick
Let’s face is 13.5 points is a big spread. But if this is going to happen it will be tonight. Our Spurs play Warriors NBA Finals game two free pick is Golden State at -13.5. We like the under at 209.5. The game will be played tonight at 9 p.m. E.T.