NBA Thursday Preview
San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors
Thursday, March 8, 10:30 p.m. (ET) TNT
Pointspread: Golden State -11.5
Total Line: 218
The Spurs got past Memphis 100-98 on Monday at home to post just their third straight-up win in their last 11 games. They failed to cover as heavy 12.5-point favorites to fall to a dismal 4-8 against the spread over their last 12 contests. The total stayed UNDER 201-point line on Monday after it had gone OVER in 10 of their previous 12 games. San Antonio is 37-27 on the year with a SU losing 14-19 (14-17-2 ATS) record on the road.
The playing status of center Pau Gasol is currently listed as doubtful for Thursday after he injured his shoulder in Monday’s game. Kyle Anderson was the only starter in double figures (11 points) in that game and Tony Parker was the leading scorer with 22 points off the bench. The Spurs went just 6-for-22 from three-point range in that game. Overall, they are ranked 27th in the league in scoring with 102.3 points per game.
Golden State continues to keep pace with the blazing Houston Rockets for the top spot in the Western Conference with a SU six-game winning streak. It failed to cover 15-point spread in Tuesday’s 114-101 victory against Brooklyn at home to fall to 2-5 ATS over its last seven outings. The total has stayed UNDER in four of the Warriors’ last five games. They are now 25-7 SU at home with a 14-17-1 record ATS.
It has been business as usual for Golden State during this current winning streak. Stephen Curry led all scorers on Tuesday with 34 points, while Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson added a combined 37 points to help pace the win. This trio has accounted for more than 62 percent of the team’s NBA-high 116.0 PPG scoring average. Draymond Green rounds things out as the leader in both rebounds (7.7) and assists (7.4). The only chink in the armor is a 107.5 points-allowed average that is ranked 20th in the league.