The Golden State Warriors had to wait a bit to find out who their opponent would be in the 2017 Western Conference Finals, but the San Antonio Spurs finally emerged after a six-game battle with the Houston Rockets. Golden State is well-rested going into this one, having swept series against both the Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz ahead of this matchup. The Spurs dropped a pair of game against the Memphis Grizzlies and Rockets, but this showdown between the top two seeds in the West was never truly in doubt.
This is a series that many have been waiting for, as the two titans have reigned atop the West for quite some time. The last time they met in the postseason, however, was back when the Warriors were a plucky upstart No. 6 seed that managed to take two games off the No. 2 Spurs in a fun conference semifinals back in 2013. San Antonio went on to lose the Finals in seven to LeBron James’ Miami Heat that season, but got revenge in the rematch a year later. The Warriors won the following 2015 NBA Finals against LeBron’s Cleveland Cavaliers, then blew a 3-1 series lead the next year to the same squad.
The Warriors are on their own mission of revenge against James in a rubber match against the Cavs—who have yet to lose a game and remain the heavy favorite to emerge from the Eastern Conference—but have to prove they can beat a grizzled Spurs squad in a seven-game series first. While the oddsmakers project a big Dubs victory, only two things are certain when these two juggernauts meet: it’s going to be exciting and it’s going to be unpredictable.
You won’t want to miss a single minute, so keep reading for information on where you can watch every contest and get the latest Vegas odds for the series. Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com, a top handicapper in the industry, has also been kind enough to provide his expert predictions for a winner in this highly anticipated Warriors vs. Spurs showdown.
2017 Western Conference Finals Odds
Game 1 Line: Warriors -10
Series Line: Will be updated when available
Odds to Win NBA Championship: Warriors -300, Spurs +1500
Odds via SportsInformationTraders.com / Sportsbook.ag
2017 Western Conference Finals Schedule
It’s genuinely surprising that these two teams haven’t met in four years in the playoffs, considering how dominant each has been during that span. The Warriors followed up a record-breaking 73-win season by adding Kevin Durant and pacing the league yet again with 67 victories, while San Antonio once again put together the second-best mark in the NBA with 61 wins, down from 67 a year ago—quite a feat considering the loss of legend Tim Duncan to retirement. These two have been on a collision course for some time now, but every potential showdown was derailed by unforeseen upsets along the way. Now they will finally go head-to-head in a best of seven that will almost certainly be highly entertaining.