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Spurs' Leonard out for Game 1 vs. Warriors

15 April 2018, 01:16 | Charlene Valdez

Warriors loss eliminates potential first round matchup with Thunder

Warriors loss eliminates potential first round matchup with Thunder

Golden State is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders over their last five games.

Now the regular season has ended, the Spurs own the 7-seed with a 47-35 record and booked themselves a first round series against the Golden State Warriors.

Indeed, if anything both the Cavs and Warriors come into this year's postseason with more questions than answers.

Still, each juggernaut remains the favourite to come out of their conference.

Best Online Sportsbook Bet to Make: Judging by the above listed odds, there's not much sense in taking the Warriors straight up.

The Cavaliers are 5-4 odds to win the East, ahead of the Toronto Raptors (8-5) and Philadelphia 76ers (5-1). Their biggest addition was "Point God" Chris Paul, who paired with all-star James Harden to form the best backcourt in the league - except for, arguably, the Warriors' duo of Curry and Klay Thompson. Then the Warriors drain a three. Curry likely will miss the first round with his MCL sprain. This has been such a chaotic month with all the injuries and the meaningless games.

Harden, after finishing second in MVP voting twice, should win the award this season - and deservedly so. Frustration and tension rose, and is now to the point where players and coaches are moving on, readying themselves for life without Leonard in the playoffs. "We've played over 30 games without Steph this year, so we're accustomed to what we have to do".

The NBA's 2017-2018 regular season is finally concluded, and the playoffs tip off this Saturday.

You're excited to start the playoffs.

But, as Draymond Green said, if anyone's capable of flipping the switch, it's the Warriors.

So why are the Warriors still the title favourites? They're also averaging 104.8 points without Curry this season, 13.9 fewer than when he plays. The Warriors hope to get him back at some point during the postseason, presuming either that the news is better than expected Saturday or they can survive the first round without him. Here are five keys to the series if the Spurs are to prevail. The injury, which Curry suffered on March 23 (Mar. 24, PHL time), has kept him out of the lineup since then.

Per the Warriors, Curry is scheduled to be re-evaluated today. A hip injury was supposed to only delay the start of his season.

After the Warriors were blown out by the Utah Jazz 119-79 on Tuesday in their final game of the season, Durant discussed the team's rough sledding to finish. Andre Iguodala, David West, Nick Young, and Shaun Livingston haven't been playing well for the past two months (none of the team really was at the end of the regular season, to be fair). LaMarcus Aldridge's post game and sweet, sweet jumper were enough to keep the Spurs' playoff streak alive.

"We're trying to get back to the finals for the fourth year in a row".

Considering the lack of focus his team has played with lately, Kerr said he's especially glad his team is facing the disciplined Spurs in the first round and that he expects his team's focus will be "great". The path is there, and they've already proven they can hang with the Cavs.

Injury is the most discussed topic heading into this rematch of last year's Western Conference Championship series. They will again match up in the second round this year if both advance.

The Warriors now lead the series 1-0, and while Gregg Popovich will make adjustments, it's hard to imagine what he could do with the players at his disposal that would change the outcome of this series with the way the Warriors have dialed in.

James could set a slew of National Basketball Association records in these playoffs. Behind his hot shooting, the Spurs overcame a 15-point third quarter deficit.

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