Golden State hopes to fix its issues away from Chase Center when it travels to San Antonio on Friday night to battle with the Spurs.
Check out our betting predictions and current odds below, as well as projected starting lineups and injury reports for both teams.
Golden State Warriors Vs. San Antonio Spurs Betting Odds
The Golden State Warriors are 8.5-point road favorites against the San Antonio Spurs. Golden State’s bench will be fairly depleted as it will be without James Wiseman, JaMychal Green, and Jonathan Kuminga.
Meanwhile, San Antonio should only miss Devin Vassell, its second-leading scorer, due to a knee injury.
Golden State Warriors Vs. San Antonio Spurs Prediction
If, a few months ago, someone from the future had told you that the Golden State Warriors would have the fewest road wins in the NBA halfway through the 2022-23 season, would you have believed them?
Perhaps, you would have assumed Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green all suffered season-ending injuries; however, it is unlikely you could conjure up the possibility that a relatively healthy Golden State team (except for Curry missing 14 games) could be this poor.
Yet, here we are. Golden State has a 3-16 road record, with an impossibly bad net rating of -9.9 away from Chase Center. At home, the Warriors look similar to last season’s playoff run: consistently dominant.
They have a net rating of +6.6 when in front of their own fans. Scarcely have we seen this kind of drastic difference in an NBA team’s performance at home versus on the road.
If there is any good news for Golden State, Steph Curry is back in the lineup; however, his 8-for-22 shooting performance in his first game back proves it may be a bit longer before he returns to previous form.
Meanwhile, San Antonio has dropped six of its past seven games, re-entering the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes. Additionally, the Spurs will be without Devin Vassell, their second-leading scorer, once again due to a knee injury.
Still, San Antonio has a 5-8 record without Vassell on the floor this season, so it has found ways to manage in his absence. While the Spurs scarcely win these days, they have covered quite well at home with a 12-9 ATS record in San Antonio.
Even though the Spurs have dropped six of seven, their effort has been visible; they have had a tough schedule during that time, too. During that stretch, they played Memphis (twice), New York, Brooklyn, Boston, and Dallas. That’s an exceptionally tough run.
The Spurs’ recent losing streak has more to do with the difficulty of their schedule than a lack of playing solid basketball relative to their skill level.
They have covered well at home all season long, and the same can’t be said for Golden State on the road. Expect the Dubs to win, but San Antonio has shown it doesn’t quit, even when it is behind. I’ll take my chances with the Spurs ATS.
- Golden State is 4-15 ATS on the road in 2022-23
- San Antonio is 12-9 ATS at home in 2022-23
- The combined over record of these two teams is 47-33-3 in 2022-23
A battle of two of the worst-performing defenses (Golden State on the road, and San Antonio, in general) makes up our key matchup in this Warriors versus Spurs game. Check out which will be just good enough to push the team to a much-needed win.
Spurs’ Defense vs. Warriors’ Defense
There are really no notable one-on-one matchups, but the battle between two abysmal defenses likely will decide the winner in this game. San Antonio has the worst overall defensive rating this season, while the Warriors have one of the worst ratings on the road.
The bottom line: Golden State has dropped three straight games, all of which were at home, where it has actually been really solid this season.
The Dubs’ performance gets exponentially worse when they hit the road, and with the number of points they’ve been allowing recently (126 points per game allowed in their past four games), I don’t see them shutting down a mentally tough San Antonio team. Advantage: Spurs’ Defense.
Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup
San Antonio Spurs Starting Lineups
Golden State Warriors Injuries: Jonathan Kuminga (Out), JaMychal Green (Out), James Wiseman (Out)
San Antonio Spurs Injuries: Devin Vassell (Out)