While Kobe Bryant was tweeting during game one, many people believed the Lakers were one good punch away from stealing game one of the series, but they didn’t. San Antonio will host the second game on Wednesday at 9:30 PM ET at the AT&T Center.
The Spurs are 8.5 favorites in the NBA odds for game two against the Lakers.
Of course, the X factor in the first matchup was Manu Ginobili, who scored 18 points in 19 minutes and gave all the momentum to the Spurs in the third quarter.
“It was great to have Manu back,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “He does what he does. He makes big shots. He creates problems for the opponent and he’s got a great will, a great desire. I’ll worry all night about how he’ll feel in the morning. If he says he feels great, then that will be a good sign for our team.”
Most people wrap-up this series considering the Lakers have no bench to fight against the Spurs, but those are the same people that gave Los Angeles the edged starting the series; momentum chasers.
“It was the first game,” Howard said. “We can’t get discouraged because we lost the first game. San Antonio did what they were supposed to do tonight, but we’ve just got to come in the second game. We saw a couple of things we could have done a lot better. We will do a better job in the second game. Overall, they just came out and played extremely well. They just made a lot of shots, and we missed a lot of shots.”
Consider the game total in the last four games between these two ended UNDER the number set.