Warriors continue to do things right but on the other end of it, Suns have lost 4 straight games. Can they do anything to steer this game in the direction they want or at least cover the NBA spread?
The Phoenix Suns Can Win Because…
There are a couple of reasons why the Suns can pull the upset here. First of all, the longer Golden State continues to win, the more the Warriors will be vulnerable to a letdown. Streaks are made to end, and there’s no one who thinks the Warriors are going to continue their winning streak through the entire remainder of the season. There’s going to be a drop-off at some point, and the Suns can step into this void and succeed.
The second important thing to point out about this game is that the Suns have played only one non-playoff team in their last six games. This as much as anything else explains the Suns’ 2-4 record in their last six games. The Suns looked wiped out in the second half of a home-and-road back-to-back on Monday. They lost big to Portland the day after hosting Oklahoma City. The Suns get two full days of rest before this game and should be able to recharge their batteries. If Eric Bledsoe can be at his best in this game, the Suns have a real shot at winning.
The Golden State Warriors Can Win Because…
They just give bettors no reason to think that they won’t continue to win games. Golden State was all set up for a fall on Tuesday night, playing as a NBA odds road dog against the Los Angeles Clippers, a team that had won seven straight and put Blake Griffin on the floor, which is something that had not happened the last time these teams played on March 8. Moreover, whereas the Warriors are not in an urgent situation in terms of playing for any specific playoff seed – the top seed in the Western Conference is looking pretty safe right now – the Clippers are trying to do whatever they can to get home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Los Angeles has had more to play for from a seeding standpoint.
In this game on Tuesday, Griffin and teammate Chris Paul were spectacular for the Clippers. Griffin scored 40 while collecting 12 rebounds and dishing out five assists. Paul scored 27 points while giving out nine assists. You would think that the Clippers would win on a night when their two biggest stars play so well and DeAndre Jordan pulls down a typical 15 rebounds. Well, Golden State won anyway. The Warriors got a combined 52 points from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. They received 17 points from David Lee, and in the biggest key to the game, they outscored the Clippers’ bench, 34-12, with Marreese Speights adding 13 points for the Warriors, who just keep on rolling. This team is in such a groove right now that it’s hard to see a team such as the Suns, which has lost four straight, getting in the way.
The Warriors simply inspire complete trust and confidence right now to add them as your NBA pick – especially when playing at home. What’s more is they are playing a team that is not confident and has undergone roster changes (at the trading deadline), which pointed to a rebuild more than a push toward a playoff spot.
Free NBA Pick: Golden State -12 at The Greek