Coach Kerr's Warriors On A Roll to the Playoffs

Megan Rochester

Friday, December 12, 2014 4:47 PM UTC

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 4:47 PM UTC

As the No. 1 team in the League, the Golden State Warriors, finish up their first Quarter of the season, there shows a lot of promise for NBA picks on their team heading into the playoffs. Don't miss out on this article.

Christmas came early for the Golden State Warriors and their fans this season as their team enters the holidays as the No. 1 team in the nation with a record of 19-2 SU. Of all the teams this season, the Warriors have shown the most promise for a team we can depend on with our NBA picks.  

Will they be able to keep up this kind of a record all season long? A lot of teams are getting healthy again, beginning to work like a unit, and could definitely pose a threat for the Warriors team as they have suddenly began some struggles of their own. Let’s take a look at their season so far, and find out what could happen with them as they finish out the year 2014.


The Not-So-Secret to Success
Usually when talking about a team’s season making a huge turn around (good or bad) from one season to the next, it’s all about the players,  but for the Golden State Warriors, their outstanding playing this season can be more accredited to a change in coaching staff.

This is Steve Kerr’s first year as a the Head Coach of the Warriors Team, however, if his season progresses the way it has in the first quarter of the regular season, we will see him leading this team until the day he retires (if they can keep him around, of course).

Last season, Golden State finished the year 6th place in the Western Conference, 12th place in offensive efficiency, and didn’t make it past the first round of the NBA playoffs.

And look at these guys now! They are ranked 4th in offensive efficiency (106.8), 2nd in assists (25.7 per game), 3rd in rebounds (45.7 per game). These guys have every ranking you can think of in the Top 5 in the league except their defensive efficiency which ranks 6th with 95.6 points allowed.

He has transformed the Warriors roster into an NBA army, and their commander leading them in battle each night is the 4th ranked player in the nation, Stephen Curry. Right when  you think this guy can’t get any better, he proves you wrong. Just this past Wednesday, Curry stepped up even further against the Houston Rockets with their star center, Andrew Bogut, out of the picture do to a knee injury. Curry hit 53 percent from the field and 60 percent from behind the arc to make 20 points. He’s also averaging 7.4 assists per game and 92 percent from the Free Throw line.

Warriors fans had their prayers answered this season - Coach Kerr is a God-send for this squad.


What To Expect Next
This is the kind of team you can depend on to make things happen, even against the spread. The Warriors are covering their spread left and right with a record of 15-6 against the NBA odds spread. It doesn’t matter if it’s home or away, favorite or dog, high or low spread, they have the kind of talent that will take home the win. They are even 6-2 ATS when the spread is 9 points or higher!

Now, as Golden State heads into their matchups next week, they are going to play two very tough teams on Sunday (Dallas Mavericks) and Tuesday (Memphis Grizzlies). Golden State is also missing two big guys in the paint, and the points will be hard to make up for without them. However, the Warriors have already proven their strength with Bogut being out against Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets. I’m expecting the spread to be closer than normal between these teams in their game, which makes a cover even easier for the Warriors.  

It may also be a smart move to take the under in these games, as Golden State is only 8-13 O/U so far this season, and without their big guys grabbing up rebounds on offense, we may see a lot more UNDER in these matchups against teams like New Orleans on Sunday and the Lakers on Dec. 23rd. 


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