NBA Picks: Large Spread On Offer As Unstoppable Warriors Host Jazz

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 3:39 PM UTC

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 3:39 PM UTC

One question the Jazz need to answer are how will they stop the trio of Warriors Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green? See who we like as our NBA pick in this matchup.

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Free NBA Pick: Golden State Warriors -14
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes


Tip-off is scheduled tonight for 10:30 p.m. EST at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. According to 5Dimes NBA odds board, the Warriors are a 14 point betting favorite and the total for the game is 208. It's very rare that the Utah Jazz are a 14 point underdog, but they're playing the best team in the NBA.


You look at the numbers and the Warriors are instant offense. They average 116 points per game while allowing 102.6 points on the defensive end. With a point differential like that, they're going to win most basketball games.

They can be compared to the Chicago Bulls of the 90's as they have the superstar in Stephen Curry and lack a superstar big man, just like the Bulls did, with Andrew Bogut and Festes Ezeli in the paint. This team actually has more offensive firepower with the combination of Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green.

What makes this team so great is that Draymond Green can put the rock in the hole, but lacks selfishness and instead, makes other players on his team better as he snatches rebounds while looking to find the open man. Where Klay Thompson is concerned, he's a pure scorer. Occasionally, he''ll be silent offensively, but when he's in the zone shooting- wise, there's nobody better; Curry included. Let's remember; this is a man that scored 37 points in a single quarter. That's a feat that even the late great Wilt Chambelain couldn't accomplish.

For the season, Thompson is averaging 19.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists while Draymond Green is filling up the statsheet, averaging 14.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 7.1 assists. Green got the big contract after the Warriors 2015 Championship Season and is repaying management with a monster season. He may be the most underrated player in the league. Let's take it a step further. Green is averaging 16.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 1.6 blocks, and 1.5 steals per game in his last 10 games. The man couldn't possibly play a more complete game.


Best Player On the Planet?
We're talking about the best player and leading scorer in the NBA in Stephen Curry. Curry is the leader of a young team that could put up many more championship banners in the rafters at the Oracle Arena as he's putting up Michael Jordan-like numbers and he shoots a lot better than MJ did.

For the season, Curry is averaging 31.8 points, 6.2 assists, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.15 steals per game. The only negative to his game is the turnovers, but Golden State can score at such a rapid pace, it really doesn't matter. Curry is a player with swag, with his trademark mouth piece hanging out of his mouth after outdueling his opponent. Plain and simple, he has one of the greatest outside shots in NBA history and if this young man remains healthy, the sky is the limit as he has players on his team (including Ezeli and Bogut), that complement him.


Icing On the Cake
You would think that one of Golden State's big three would be their MVP for their Championship Series last season. The answer is no, as Andre Iguodala, who is a star in his own right, managed to take down honor and is the perfect complimentary player to come off of the bench for the Warriors. Along with Shaun Livingston, this is a bench that has players that can be starters.

The Golden State Warriors are such a great basketball team and being well coached by interim head coach Luke Walton, that I really have nothing to say about their opponent. Gordon Hayward and Derek Favors are stars in their own right, but there's no stopping the Warriors in their house, and we are definitely taking them for our NBA picks.

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