NBA Playoff Betting – Spurs try to avoid 0-2 hole in the desert

Amare StoudemireNBA playoff betting players should have renewed faith in Phoenix during this postseason, as this edition of the run-and-gun Suns is far improved from years past, and San Antonio got their first taste of the Suns on Monday. Game 2 goes on Wednesday night.

Spurs Suns Betting – Wednesday, May 5, 9:00 PM ET

Steve Nash scored 21 of his 33 points in the first half of a 112-101 win over the Spurs, and he added 10 assists as the Suns shot 51.9% from the floor. Jason Richardson was next with 27 points, while Amare Stoudamire notched 23 points and 13 rebounds. Nash was bothered by a hip problem in the first-round series against Portland, but he looked completely healthy against the Spurs as he was +18 on the night and he did an excellent job of dictating the pace of the game. The Suns did turn the ball over 16 times, but they also outrebounded the Spurs 44-38.

The San Antonio “Big Three” of Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan led the way with 27, 26, and 20 points respectively, but the rest of the team combined for 29 points. If it wasn’t for Parker coming off the bench, their second-unit would have been awful. The Spurs shot 45.8% from the field, but only 4-of-19 from the three-point line. If the Spurs are going to win this series, they’re going to have to impose their will on the Suns physically, on the boards and on defense because they have a significant mental advantage, given their elimination of the Suns in four straight playoff series.

The Suns are favored by NBA odds by 2.5 points, and they’ve now beaten the Spurs in three straight games at home in Phoenix, although overall, the two have split their last 10 meetings at US Airways Arena. The Suns got out to a fast start and didn’t look bad, powered by Nash, who must be sick of losing to the Spurs in the playoffs at this point. The Spurs may have to go to Parker off the bench over George Hill, who was torched by Nash. Parker is a much better fit against Nash, as he can offset Nash’s offense by attacking himself.

The Spurs also have to find a way to slow down Richardson, and if he does well, the Suns usually win: with Monday’s game, the Suns have now won 11 in a row when Richardson goes for 20 or more points. But ultimately, the Spurs are going to have to choke off Nash if they want to beat the Suns, and Nash looked about 10 years younger on Monday. We’re taking the Suns in our online betting picks on Wednesday.

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