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Warriors Heavy Chalk in Game 2 vs. Spurs

Warriors Heavy Chalk in Game 2 vs. Spurs - Bovada Sportsbook

The Golden State Warriors will be aiming to improve their perfect straight-up record in this year’s NBA playoffs to 10-0 when they take on the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals as massive 13.5-point favorites.

Golden State drew first blood in the series with a narrow 113-111 victory in Game 1, but failed to cover as 10-point chalk to fall to 2-3 against the spread in its past five contests ahead of Tuesday night’s matchup at Oracle Arena.

The Warriors have particularly struggled at the sportsbooks as double-digit favorites, going 1-4 ATS during the postseason. However, Golden State has endured no shortage of lopsided wins, claiming victory by double-digit margins in seven of their nine playoff matchups, and 11 of 15 overall.

It has been that level of dominance that has further buoyed Golden State on the odds, rising to -2200 on the series prices to advance to the NBA Finals for a third straight year, and clear -275 chalk to claim their second NBA championship during that stretch.

It was a heartbreaking Game 1 loss for the Spurs, who stormed out to a 62-42 lead at halftime before being overtaken by Golden State in the final 90 seconds of the contest. Sunday’s defeat extends a rocky playoff road for San Antonio, which needed to erase a 3-2 series deficit in a first-round win over the Memphis Grizzlies followed by a hard-fought six-game series win over the Houston Rockets in the second round.

The Spurs have produced middling numbers on the road this spring, going 3-4 SU in seven away games, but have covered in four of their past five road dates, including a pair of outright wins in Houston as betting underdogs, and have held opponents to 96 or fewer points in three of their past five games.


Leonard Out for Spurs on Tuesday Night

San Antonio will have to make do without the services of forward Kawhi Leonard, who went down with an ankle injury in Game 1 and is unavailable on Tuesday night.

Leonard has averaged 27.7 points in the postseason, but also missed the Spurs’ decisive 114-75 win over Houston as 6-point underdogs in the deciding game of that series. However, a deep San Antonio squad is 7-1 SU this season with the 25-year-old star out of the lineup.

The Spurs have won four of their past nine SU against rival Golden State, but are just 1-4 SU and 2-3 ATS in their past five visits to Oracle Arena, ending a four-game winning streak.


*Odds as of May 16, 2017

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