San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors
Tip-off: Thursday, May 16, 2013 – 10:30 PM ET
ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA
The San Antonio Spurs are kind of getting used to winning. The Spurs now hold a 3-2 series lead over the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals.
If San Antonio wants to keep impressing YouWager fans and close out Golden State in Game 6 tonight at rowdy Oracle Arena, the team has to do what neither team has in this series: win consecutive games. The Warriors are 4-0 after a defeat in the playoffs.
The Spurs have increasingly shown their veteran savvy the last three games, and the Warriors have looked like their injury plagued days are about to end.
Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and the rest of the San Antonio team overwhelmed Golden State in Tuesday night’s 109-91 victory in Texas.
According to coach Mark Jackson, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are the “greatest shooting backcourt in NBA history” and they combined to score just 13 points on 6-of-22 shooting.
The NBA odds are not looking good for the Warriors.
Teams that have won Game 5 of a best-of-seven series that was tied have gone on to come out victorious in the series 88 out of 99 times. Even so, those teams are 50-49 in Game 6.
San Antonio has won 11 of 12 best-of-seven series when leading 3-2.
The last time Golden State came back from a 3-2 deficit was when facing the Chicago Bulls in the 1975 Western Conference finals, when the franchise went on to win their only title in the league.
Even with so many obstacles, the Warriors have overcome every obstacle they have faced this season — from forward Brandon Rush’s season-ending left knee injury in the home opener to center Andrew Bogut’s sore left ankle throughout the year to All-Star forward David Lee’s hip injury in the first round versus the Denver Nuggets.