They Surprised Us BeforeTheDuck
There is still a lot of game to be played between these two teams, this is only game two of a four game series and the Lakers have at least one great showing left in them. As we all remember the Lakers came through as +1000 dog to beat the Thunder at home, know we wonder if they can do it again. The difference between the Thunder and the Spurs is the experience, the ability to tell that something is working and place a stop to it right away, well, that and coaching of course.
The Lakers have had a bad year to say the least, Kobe will not be back but still has one final year on his contract before he is out. This team needs to start showing off the potential of some of their payers for the offseason trades that will be happening. I do not see the franchise rebuilding, they will pick high end players and return to where they are known to be, on top. For now, I do not think they will have any type of upset on the road and far less in San Antonio.
The Spurs will not use their full starting lineup all game here, this is one of those games that you just cannot afford to get one of your all-stars hurt so close to playoffs… We all remember what happened to Tony Parker early in his career. This team will rally behind their great bench and push them on for most of the second half, so even if they win, don’t expect a blow out or anything like that.
San Antonio are -8.5 and I think that is a reasonable spread for their bench to be in charge of clearing. The Lakers will have their moments but I the end they will not have the ability to cut to the rim as easily and that will make the difference down the stretch of this game.