NBA Picks Focused on Up-Tempo Battle: Warriors vs. Kings

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 2:29 PM GMT

After getting back on the winning side of things, the Warriors will now head on the road to take on DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings. Where should we attack the NBA betting odds tonight?

Odds Overview
The venue doesn't seem to matter much in the eyes of NBA odds makers, who have priced out the Warriors as nine-point favorites for this visit of the Kings. Some sites have a spread of 9.5 out there for the taking, that is if you think the value lies with Sacramento at home.

Get ready for another up-tempo battle featuring Golden State, as the O/U is all the way up at 217.5. A lot of points are going to be scored this evening.

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Sacramento Kings
The Kings were able to end an eight-game losing streak the other night, as they finished up their east coast road trip by beating the Pacers 99-94 in Indiana. Rudy Gay went off for 31 points, DeMarcus Cousins had 20 points, 19 rebounds, three assists and three steals, and Darren Collison hoisted up a 23/5/5 line in the victory.

This is a team that certainly needed a piece of good fortune, considering they've gone way downhill after a promising start to their season. Sacramento hasn't looked good at all under new coach Tyrone Corbin, with Cousins and company at 17-29 overall. For a team with as much talent as they have, the Kings have been very disappointing once again.

That being said, the play of Cousins needs to be highlighted. He's been out of this world when healthy, averaging 23.6 points, 12.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game so far in 2014/15. The 24-year-old center has been a nightmare for opposing defenses, and he's going to need another big game tonight against Andrew Bogut and the rest of the Warriors if Sacramento is to avoid getting blown out in front of their own fans.

 

Golden State Warriors
Flying high at 37-8, the Warriors remain the team to beat in the Western Conference. They may not have had the most dominant weeks - they lost to Chicago at home and then Utah on the road in consecutive defeats - but they wrapped the week up by easily getting past Phoenix 106-87 on Saturday. 

A good deal of Golden State's success has come at home inside Oracle Arena, where they're 22-2 on the season, but the Warriors have still been a force out on the road, and they've got the most dangerous backcourt in the entire NBA. When Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson get going, this team is so hard to contain.

Andrew Bogut recently returned from injury, and this is a team that's as deep as any in the league. The Warriors are going to keep being favored by huge numbers quite a bit, and we need to realize that they're more than capable of covering given their sheer offensive prowess. As a team, Golden State is averaging an amazing 110.8 points per game, easily the best mark in the NBA. They're also tops in assists.

 

NBA Pick
We actually wouldn't be all that surprised to see the Kings hang around and make a game of it here, but we're not confident enough to actually go through with it and recommend them with our NBA Picks.

It's going to continue being a challenge to ever fade Golden State, not when Kerr's group has looked so dominant on both ends of the court. Sure, the Warriors are going to go through bad spells here and there, but more often than not they get hot quickly and are able to pull away.

The duo of Curry and Thompson is just en fuego at the moment and they should be able to carry Golden State to a win and cover in this situation. We expect the Warriors to win big tonight.

NBA Picks: Golden State Warriors -9 at 5Dimes