Our NBA Tip for 3/19 features the team with the best home record in the NBA. Shocked to hear that it is not the Golden State Warriors. While they do not have a blemish this year, the Spurs are even better this season. 36-0 at home compared to GS’s 34-0 means that the Spurs are an iota closer to that perfect season. Tonight, it might all come to a rest but the linesmakers are wagering it does not. A -3 to – 3 1/2 point spread is where this titanic battle is at right now for our sports speculation interests on 3/19.
NBA Tip : Thin on Big Men
A key facet stresses the differences in styles this evening. Golden State romped in the first game between the two in part because Tim Duncan was not playing. This time it is the Warriors that are thin on the front ranks. Two key injuries will limit their effectiveness tonight.
- Andre Iguodala and his ankle are out.
- Festus Ezeli’s foot is flaring up.
This leaves a perceived flaw that the Mavericks attempted to pounce on last night. Dallas went right at Bogut with all sorts of pick and roll plays. Golden State won the battle 130-112 but might have lost the war for this one as Bogut’s toe is sprained and his status is doubtful for tonight.
Dallas did the Spurs a huge favor last night. We all see 18 point blowout but it tells little of the story. Mavs ran all night and tried to out small ball the Warriors. Their premise was that they would catch Golden State looking ahead. For those that watched the game, the outcome was in doubt until the last few minutes when the dam finally gave way. So this is as good as it gets situationally for the Spurs. Parker does not need to dribble penetrate nor can he as proven last time against Golden State. Feed the ball to Leonard and Aldridge. Focus on perimeter defense and wear down the Warriors tonight.
Conflict is with the Warriors tonight. Steve Kerr joked after the Dallas win that if he had any guts that he would sit the whole team out for this one. People are flapping their gums saying that GS is tired of hearing that they have not won in San Antonio since 1997. Desire is in the heart of the players but the flesh is weak tonight. Another day to break the streak as the Spurs romp in this environment. Free Pick of the Day are the Spurs -3. Good fortune and we will see you later here at the HRW.