Both the Warriors and Suns were in action last night and as such will be playing their second game in as many nights. Who should we back with our NBA picks?
The NBA odds are squarely in Golden State's favor, in spite of the team's recent setback last night. The top sportsbooks have the Warriors favored by 9.5 points inside Oracle Arena this evening.
As you'd expect with these two offensive powerhouses meeting up, the O/U is incredibly high. The O/U is at 225 points right now. If you're going to take a shot on the total, best of luck to you - we're not typically scared off by outlandish numbers, but this one is on another level.
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors have lost two in a row, but it's only the third time they've lost consecutive games this season. That just shows you how good this team has been under Steve Kerr, who has had one of the better rookie coaching seasons in NBA history. Sure, he inherited an already talented roster, but Golden State has reached a new level now, and the coaching staff has had a lot to do with it.
The overall start has been fantastic, but Kerr will be concerned by what he's seen in recent days. The Warriors lost to Chicago at home in overtime on Tuesday and then lost to Utah last night, while allowing a combined 223 points in the process. Defensively, Golden State hasn't looked right.
It's hard to envision much changing tonight in what's expected to be a very high-scoring game. The Suns love to push the pace and have a ton of guys who can put the ball in the basket. This is likely to turn into a track-meet, so Kerr may have to wait a little longer to address the defensive issues.
While the Warriors have lost two straight, the Suns have managed to win their last two. They beat Washington by eight and then followed that up with a win over the Bulls last night. That's two more solid wins to add to the resume, with Phoenix now at 28-20 overall this season. Again it seems like the Suns are flying under the radar in the loaded Western Conference.
Even against a tired Chicago team, Phoenix had some trouble, but in the end the Suns did enough to get the W. Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic combined for 24 points, and Markieff Morris came through with 12 points, 14 rebounds and three assists, as Phoenix shot 43.3 percent overall.
Bledsoe continues to play lights out and he should have another productive evening against Golden State, who haven't exactly excelled defensively against point guards this season. The Suns are one of the few teams in the league that have the personnel to keep pace offensively with the most efficient team out there in Golden State, but it will come down to execution and moxie at the end of the day.
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Great teams lose sometimes, so we're not all that concerned about last night's game against the Jazz. Every team is going to get up and try to be at their absolute best whenever they come up against Golden State, and that was the case yesterday.
Back at home, where the Warriors have been unstoppable, we believe they'll get right back to their winning ways. Not only have they been winning at a crazy high rate, they've been dominating games. The Suns are a solid team and they're going to put up a fight, but we think it'll be tough sledding to keep pace for the entire 48 minutes.
With the Splash Brothers leading the way, we're adding Golden State to our NBA picks tonight.
Free NBA Pick: Golden State Warriors -9.5 at 5Dimes