2013 Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs Series Predictions

Last Updated: May 16th, 2013 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist)
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Steph CurryConsider this page your one stop shop for all things related to the Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs NBA playoffs series! These two teams are going to be squaring off in what should be a fantastic second round playoff series, and regardless of whether you are looking for a series preview, our Warriors vs. Spurs predictions, the NBA playoffs series prices for the Warriors and Spurs, or just an up to date listing of all of the final scores with recaps of all of the games, you’ve come to the right place. Be sure to bookmaker this page if you’re a fan of either of these teams, or if you’re just a generic NBA fan, but this is your official handicapping home of the Warriors vs. Spurs series.

Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs NBA Playoff Schedule

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Game 1: Golden State Warriors 127 – San Antonio Spurs 129 (2 OTs)
Game 2: Golden State Warriors 100 – San Antonio Spurs 91
Game 3: San Antonio Spurs 102 – Golden State Warriors 92
Game 4: San Antonio Spurs 87 – Golden State Warriors 97 (OT)
Game 5: Golden State Warriors 91 – San Antonio Spurs 109
Game 6: San Antonio Spurs 94 – Golden State Warriors 82

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Game 1: There were 205 total shots from the field. There were 56 shots from beyond the arc. There were 100 total rebounds. There were 49 total assists. There were 50 total fouls. And when the dust settled, it was G Manu Ginobili who won it for San Antonio with a bomb of a three to steal Game 1. The Warriors were up 16 points with four minutes to play before Spurs went on an 18-2 run to force overtime. G Stephen Curry did everything he knew to try to win this game, as he played all but four seconds of the game and scored 44 points with 11 assists. G Tony Parker led the way with 28 for the Spurs, and he had a lot of help as well. Five players scored at least 16 points in what turned out to be a prototypical well coached, level headed game by Head Coach Gregg Popovich. This might not have been a cover for San Antonio, but a win is a win, and it might be the victory that ultimately proves to get this team on fire for the rest of the postseason. Spurs 129 – Warriors 127 (2 OTs) (Spurs Lead Series 1-0)

Game 2: We’ve been asking the question for the last three weeks as to what would happen to the Warriors in the event that G Stephen Curry had a bad game. Curry didn’t play terribly, scoring 22 points, but he also only shot 7-of-20 from the field. The man of the hour? G Klay Thompson, who hit 8-of-9 from long range and led all scorers with 34 points. It wasn’t a thrilling day for the Golden State offense, particularly in the second half when a 62-43 halftime lead started to evaporate. The fact that the Spurs were challenged for the second straight night in spite of the fact that they got 23 from F Tim Duncan, 20 from G Tony Parker, and a double-double from F Kawhi Leonard is scary to say the least. This is a series that is inevitably going to be a long one. Warriors 100 – Spurs 91 (Series Tied 1-1)

Game 3: In a way, order has been restored for the Spurs. They were able to go on the road right away, seize control of the first game in this series played at Oracle Arena, and ultimately hold on tight to win by 10. G Tony Parker and F Tim Duncan combined to score 55 points for the Spurs, but the story was the San Antonio defense. This unit did a nice job holding down both G Klay Thompson and G Stephen Curry in this one, as those two went just 12-of-37 combined from the floor, scoring a total of 33 points. The Spurs now know that this is a series that they really should win, though it is far from over at this point. Spurs 102 – Warriors 92 (Spurs Lead Series 2-1)

Game 4: With five minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the Warriors were down eight points, and they had to feel as though they were as good as finished. G Stephen Curry was playing on a bum ankle, shots weren’t falling, and the Spurs looked like they were coasting to another double-digit victory. Alas, some more Golden State magic was in the cards, and the team outscored San Antonio by 18 the rest of the way to ultimately win by 10 in OT. Curry ended up with 22 points on the night, and for the first time in a long time, he was picked up by teammates who weren’t named Klay Thompson. G Jarrett Jack, who long wondered if he was going to have to start this game in place of the banged up Curry, scored 24 points, while rookie F Harrison Barnes came up with the biggest performance in his career with a game-high 26. G Manu Ginobili did what he could do for the Spurs, but his 5-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc wasn’t enough. Take our the Argentine, and San Antonio shot just 25-of-75 from the field and 2-of-17 from long range. That’s why this turned out to be an ugly offensive game. Warriors 97 – Spurs 87 (OT) (Series Tied 2-2)

Game 5: The Warriors are showing the fact that they are mortal, and they are now up against the wall known as elimination. G Seth Curry and G Klay Thompson both had atrocious games, as they shot a combined 6-of-22 from the field and scored just 13 points. It happens to be that the rest of the team played tremendous basketball for the full 48 minutes, but it just wasn’t enough without the stars shining. This was the game where the Spurs flexed their muscles and proved that they are the superior team in this series. The NBA Finals are just five wins away for San Antonio, and after another 25-point game out of G Tony Parker, it seems like it’s only a matter of time until the Spurs get within four wins of that goal as well. Spurs 109 – Warriors 91 (Spurs Lead Series 3-2)

Game 6: Game 6 was a relatively boring game for the Spurs and the Warriors, and that’s just the way that San Antonio wanted it. The Spurs actually only took 73 shots from the field, by far the lowest in any game in this series, but that was more than enough to get the job done. G Stephen Curry did everything that he could, scoring 22 points on the night, but his bum ankles really held him back. Golden State never had the chance to explode from the perimeter as it has in the past in these playoffs, and that ultimately led to its demise. The Spurs held the Warriors to just four three-point shots for the game, and they had all five of their starters score in double figures to lead to the series clinching win. Spurs 94 – Warriors 82 (Spurs Win Series 4-2)

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Many think that the San Antonio Spurs are set to romp right through to the NBA Finals at this point, as they clearly looked like the best team in the Western Conference when they stormed past the Los Angeles Lakers in four games in the opening round of the series. However, they might have their work cut out for them when they take on the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Semifinals. Golden State was able to pull off one awesome upset against the Denver Nuggets in the opening round of the playoffs, and it might be able to pull this one off once again.

Golden State is really only going to go as far as G Stephen Curry takes it. This young man really is becoming a superstar before our eyes. He shot 43.4 percent from beyond the arc and averaged 24.3 points and 9.3 assists per game in the opening series, but he had a heck of a lot of help. G Jarrett Jack, F Harrison Barnes, and G Klay Thompson all averaged at least 14.7 points per game, and F Carl Landry was good for 12.8 points per game. It was unfortunate to lose to F David Lee for the rest of the playoffs to an injury though, and that might ultimately be the demise of the team. That being said, Golden State was able to essentially win all four games without him against a very good Denver outfit, and it was able to win games both at home and on the road, and both in wild skirmish games and in some relatively big defensive spots as well.

San Antonio didn’t just win its first four games, but it won all of those games by at least a dozen points. The average margin of victory against the was 16.3 points per game, and there wasn’t a team that was more impressive. Granted, we know that the Lakers had a team that wasn’t good enough to be in the playoffs, but they did their job nonetheless and took care of business like good teams should. Head Coach Gregg Popovich has a full deck of players to work with, as the only players that are still listed on the injury report heading into this series are C Boris Diaw and C Tiago Splitter, who both figure to be able to play at some point. In typical Spurs fashion, 10 players averaged at least 4.5 points per game, and all of them averaged at least 11 minutes per game. G Tony Parker led all scorers at 22.2 points per game, and he was also the lead assist man as well at 6.5 dimes per night. F Tim Duncan averaged 17.5 points per game, and he looked a lot like the man that has already led this team to numerous titles in his Hall of Fame career.

The home team won all four games this year, and the Warriors covered three of the four games. There is a real chance for Golden State to stick around in this series, but we think that the coaching abilities of Popovich are going to shine in this one, and this will ultimately be a relatively short series. The Warriors will win one on the back of Curry, but he won’t be able to single-handedly win this series the way that he did against the Nuggets.

Spurs vs. Warriors Series Prediction: San Antonio Spurs in 5

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