The 2013 NBA playoffs are set to begin, and today at Bankroll Sports, we are going to be keeping a close eye on the series between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers. These two should be going at it in a great set of battles, and we are going to have our NBA playoffs predictions and scores update on a nightly basis for this and all of the great series throughout the playoffs. Check back to this page often, as we will be updating our final scores and our series analysis so you can make the most informed NBA picks every step of the way in this series.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs NBA Playoff Schedule
Spurs Win Series 4-0
Game 1: Los Angeles Lakers 79 – San Antonio Spurs 91
Game 2: Los Angeles Lakers 91 – San Antonio Spurs 102
Game 3: San Antonio Spurs 120 – Los Angeles Lakers 89
Game 4: San Antonio Spurs 103 – Los Angeles Lakers 82
Lakers vs. Spurs Series Update
Game 1: G Steve Nash came back into the lineup and played 30 minutes for the Lakers, but it is clear that they are going to need a whole heck of a lot more than that if they are going to ultimately find a way back into this series. They just had nothing going offensively right out of the blocks, scoring just 15 points in the opening quarter, and they were never able to get back on track. San Antonio got 18 points from G Tony Parker and 17 points and 10 boards from F Tim Duncan to take the first game of this series with ease. Spurs 91 – Lakers 79 (Spurs Lead Series 1-0)
Game 2: LA was better offensively in the second game of this series, but unfortuantely for Head Coach Mike D’Antoni, so were the Spurs. San Antonio got 20 points from G Tony Parker and solid contributions from four others that scored in double figures. The bench players combined to go 5-of-9 from beyond the arc, and that really made the difference for the hosts. Spurs 102 – Lakers 91 (Spurs Lead Series 2-0)
Game 3: The Lakers were back at home, but they had to play without G Steve Nash, G Steve Blake, and several others. F Metta World Peace played just 17 minutes and was benched for the second half after going scoreless with just one assist. G Andrew Goudelock, a D-League star, scored 20 points, while G Darius Morris scored 24. That being said, all of that, combined with a triple-double from F Pau Gasol weren’t nearly enough. San Antonio pulled away with a 30-18 first quarter and never looked back, shooting a blistering 61.2 percent from the field for the game, including getting 12-of-16 from F Tim Duncan. Spurs 120 – Lakers 89 (Spurs Lead Series 3-0)
Game 4: Isn’t it poetic justice that C Dwight Howard was ejected out of what could have been his final game as a Laker? Howard was dismissed after picking up two technical fouls, and the rest of the team just could not pick up the slack from his departure. No one on the team scored more than 16 points, and LA was simply overmatched without G Kobe Bryant, G Steve Blake, G Steve Nash, and F Metta World Peace all on the sidelines. San Antonio didn’t have a particularly sharp game, shooting 46.4% from the field and 31.2% from beyond the arc, but G Tony Parker’s 23 points were more than enough to lead the way to the series sweep. Spurs 103 – Lakers 82 (Spurs Win Series 4-0)
2013 Lakers vs. Spurs Series Preview
History will tell you that the potential is there for this to be a dramatic series. The Spurs and the Lakers have done plenty of big battles before, and these should be no exception either. However, with G Kobe Bryant out of the lineup, there is a real question as to just how close LA can really stay with one of the most talented teams in basketball.
The Lakers did win 30 of their last 42 games, but it still feels like they have a lot of questions that beg to be answered. Can F Pau Gasol and C Dwight Howard really co-exist together in big time spots? Is F Metta World Peace really healthy enough to play 35-40 minutes per game after coming back from series surgery during the season? Is G Steve Nash really going to be able to get back in the lineup and be effective when it seems like his body is simply breaking down? Are there enough guards to really carry this team through the postseason? All of these questions are very fair to ask, knowing that the light schedule really helped this team down the stretch of the season.
Of course, there are almost as many questions on the other side of the court as well. F Tim Duncan, G Tony Parker, and G Manu Ginobili each sat out this season for games here and there, and all three really didn’t spend a ton of time on the court together, relatively speaking. The Spurs played like garbage down the stretch, losing seven of their last 10, including dropping a crucial game to these Lakers at the Staples Center in the final week of the regular season. It’s just not good enough, to say the least. Now, C Tiago Splitter is playing with some sort of undisclosed injury, F Kawhi Leonard has been ailing, and G Tracy McGrady was signed to play in the NBA for the first time this year.
As much as we really don’t want to lay the -1000 with a team that is playing this poorly, this San Antonio outfit is the one team that we think really can flip a switch and become a dominating team again. We really don’t think that this series is going to be all that close when push comes to shove, and we think that all four of these games could end in double digit victories for the Spurs. As we see it, the Lakers don’t win a single game against the Spurs and get swept out of the second season.
Spurs vs. Lakers Series Prediction: San Antonio Spurs in 4
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