NBA Picks: Lay the Chalk in Kings vs. Warriors

Steven Suarez

Friday, January 23, 2015 5:01 PM UTC

Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 5:01 PM UTC

It's going to be hard to fade the Warriors here at home against the reeling Kings. Come see what we have to say about it in our NBA odds preview for Friday night.

Odds Overview
Congratulations, Golden State. You are the heaviest favorite on the board for a busy Friday night. Indeed, the Warriors are laying a whopping 15.5 points at home to Sacramento tonight on the NBA odds

We anticipate another high-scoring affair here and NBA odds makers agree, setting the O/U at 218.5 . It's the second-highest number on the board, trailing only the Suns/Rockets matchup. 


Golden State Warriors
This is an offense that just cannot be stopped. The Warriors are averaging a ridiculous 110.7 points per game, which easily tops the entire NBA, and they're also first in assists. They've got pretty much every box checked at this point and are quite rightly considered a favorite come playoff time.

Right now, Golden State is 34-6, which has them in the first seed in the highly competitive Western Conference. They've got a five-game cushion on the rest of the pack, which just shows you how good the Warriors have been. Outclassing the competition in that conference is not an easy feat.

The Splash Brothers, which consists of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, has been as lethal as ever, and now the Warriors have pretty much everyone at their disposal again. Andrew Bogut is back to shore up the defense, and David Lee has been working his way back into a bigger role too. Draymond Green has been doing a bit of everything for Golden State this season and has emerged as one of the most versatile players in the NBA.


Sacramento Kings
The Kings just haven't been the same since Mike Malone was let go. They don't seem as interested and their results have gone downhill because of it. After a promising 9-5 start, Sacramento has fallen off considerably, with the record now 16-26. More recently, Sacramento has been as bad as ever, having dropped five consecutive games coming into tonight.

When you're down on your luck and feeling sorry for yourself, the last thing you want to do is go into Golden State's house. It's going to have to take one of the best efforts of the season for the Kings to even stay competitive down to the wire with the Warriors in this spot. 

DeMarcus Cousins, though, has been insanely good so far, and maybe we'll see him take control while also getting enough support. The odds are stacked against them, however, as Golden State has multiple players who can go off on any given night. Sacramento is going to have a hard time controlling the league's best offense from imposing their will, especially in front of the home crowd.


NBA Pick
As much as you'd like to think the Kings could stay competitive, mainly because of how good Cousins has been this season, it's hard to justify backing them. They've been on a losing streak for a while now and just haven't bene playing good basketball since the departure of Mike Malone.

Then you've got the Warriors, who don't really care who they're up against: they're most likely to win by double digits no matter what. Golden State has lost just one time all season long at home, and that's not going to change here tonight. Sacramento may be able to hang around for a while, but you have to figure the Warriors will go on one of their signature scoring binges to put the game out of reach.

With that frame of thinking in mind, we're going to be adding the Warriors as huge favorites to our NBA picks. They're the league's most potent offensive team, which makes them much easier to trust when we're dealing with such a chalky number.

NBA Pick: Golden State Warriors -15.5 at 5Dimes

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