Suns at Spurs
After a long deserved break, we’re back in action in the middle of the NBA playoffs with more free NBA tips.
San Antonio returned home Thursday trailing the Suns 2-0 – the most commanding lead Phoenix has built in a decade of postseason misery against the Spurs. The Suns have lost four consecutive playoff series to San Antonio since 2003, and Steve Nash has never gotten past the four-time NBA champions in six tries in his career.
Now the Spurs come home where they have been down right nasty in their last 15 here, posting a 13-2 mark. They swept the three home games vs. the Mavericks, and will be bringing the “A” game here. The Spurs in the Duncan era, rarely get tripped up when they are supposed to win, as they have failed to cover just six times in their last 30 as a playoff favorite. That certainly bodes well for them here vs. a Suns team that has struggled some on the road this season.
In the first two games Spurs had their moments but didn’t manage to hold some good advantages in various moments of the games. Also, surpinsigly, George Hill didn’t step up his game in a manner to be influential, like Popovich was hoping. Hill has gone from an atrocious shooter taken 26th in the 2008 draft to supplanting Parker in the starting lineup. He’s become a trustworthy 3-point shooter, a dependable defender and, as early as the start of this season, Popovich dubbed him his favorite player.
Hill averaged nearly 20 points in the final four games against Dallas, including becoming the first player other than Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili or Tony Parker to lead the Spurs in scoring in 41 playoff games.
Tonight at home, we might see a different type of Spurs. If they can hold the Suns 3pt shooters quiet and play their regular game, Spurs will win this one easily considering that it’s a must win game.
Today’s NBA free tip is : Play Spurs -6,5 @1,92 only at Pinnacle