With its back against the wall, San Antonio has to come up with a brilliant performance to narrow the gap against Golden State in Game 3 of their series which will be TNT at 9:30 Eastern.
No NBA team is happier to be back home than San Antonio. The Spurs have lost 10 straight away games (1-9 ATS) and are 1-14 SU in the road black uniforms since February 7th. After Gregg Popovich said his team played like a “deer in headlights” in Game 1 of their series with Golden State, after Game 2 he complimented them in saying they “executed the game plan wonderfully”, despite losing 116-101. What can San Antonio do to turn the series in their favor?
Oddsmakers’ NBA odds are at least giving the Spurs the benefit of the doubt they can compete and have made them just a three-point home underdog. Here is a look at both squads will be trying to accomplish.
Like all sports, sometimes basketball can be broken down into simple terms. Here is a comparison of how the Spurs have shot the ball in their past four games and the points they averaged versus their season average.
Points and Shooting Percentage – L4 Games: 97.2 and 40.7%
Points and Shooting Percentage – Season Average: 102.6 and 46.6%
Next, here is how San Antonio has done defensively in the same stats over their past trio of tilts.
Points and Shooting Percentage Allowed – L3 Games: 117 and 55.3%
Points and Shooting Percentage – Season Average: 100.2 and 45.5%
It is not always fair taking a snapshot of a team when they have results over a short period of time, good or bad. Nonetheless, this is how the Spurs have performed in part of the postseason and in their attempt to secure seeding.