Spurs Warriors NBA Predictions November 30, 2010

San Antonio Spurs @ Golden State Warriors

Wow! Who expected the Spurs to come out this strong? Not you or I, that’s for damn sure. 14-2 so far this season is absolutely fantastic and good for the best record in the NBA. Everything seems to be going right for this Spurs team, despite their recent loss to the Mavericks. Forgetting that loss they’ve had some big victories against both the Hornets and the Magic in their last 5 games. Golden State’s only victory in the last 5 games came against the Timberwolves, not very spectacular.

Manu Ginobili is having his best year statistical year of his career so far. His FG%, 3PT%, and FT% are all at career highs. Steals, blocks, and assists are all also career bests currently. Ginobili is averaging 21.6 points and 5.1 assists a game this season. He is defying all odds by putting up a career year despite his age (33). If he can somehow manage to keep this up for the rest of the season Ginobili will definitely set some records for over 30 shooting guards.

Richard Jefferson has finally found his role, and has returned to some of his New Jersey style effectiveness. At the start of the season questions were asked about why the Spurs kept him around. I think those questions have officially fallen by the wayside. It took a while but, Jefferson seems to have figured out his Spurs role. Parker is putting together another solid year and can control any game if need be.

The only darkness on the Spurs horizon seems to be the play of Tim Duncan. For the first time in his career his is averaging below 17 points and less than 10 boards a game. On the plus side he is still blocking quite well, at 1.8 a game. Duncan’s lowered numbers were inevitable, and I can’t help but think Coach Pop is trying to keep Duncan fresh for a deep playoff run. He is tallying his fewest minutes per game total ever, with 29.4 minutes a game. Duncan has been allowed to have some more time off because the Spurs continue to have great off-season pickups. Dejuan Blair, Matt Bonner, Antonio McDyess, and Tiago Splitter have played well for the Spurs- allowing them to not miss a beat when Duncan is off the floor.
Golden State has a great foundation with Stephen Curry, David Lee, and Monta Ellis, but they haven’t figured out how to win consistently yet. Ridding themselves of Don Nelson was a great start but they still have a long way to go before they can beat teams of the Spurs caliber.

The Spurs haven’t lost on the road yet this year, and the Warriors haven’t beaten a +.500 team yet. Neither of these streaks will be broken tonight. The Spurs are too good, too deep, and too well coached to come anywhere close to losing to this Warriors team.

My Pick: San Antonio Spurs -4.5 (-110 @ Sportsbook.com)

Written by: Dylan Stephenson

Written by: dylan

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