As the Indiana Pacers attempt to reassemble their original starting five, the Golden State Warriors are flying high with 1st year head coach Steve Kerr at the controls. The Warriors have the best record in the NBA at 43-9 and will look to continue their winning ways as they head into Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Does Indy have any chance in this matchup?
Tip-off is set for 6:00 pm ET tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. According to the NBA betting odds, the Warriors are a 5.5 point betting favorite and the total for the game is listed at 205.5.
These two teams have met once before this season and the Warriors came up with the victory, 117-102.
In this game, Klay Thompson lit up the Pacers for 40 points. We could see more of the same in tonight's matchup. The Warriors are #1 in the NBA in scoring 110.6 points per game and are a near flawless 16-2 against Eastern Conference teams. The Pacers have won 2 straight, but the status of Rodney Stuckey is up in the air. Stuckey, who is coming off of a 30 point game, has an injured ankle. He's expected to play, but against a team like Golden State, the Pacers need Stuckey to be at 100%.
You know when a certain tandem or trio have been given a nickname, they've "made it". In the past, it was "Run TMC" with Chris Mullin, Tim Hardaway Sr., and Mitch Richmond. For the the tandem of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, it's the Splash Brothers. These are two of the best shooters in the NBA and the main reason why Golden State has just 9 losses on the season.
We all knew that Stephen Curry was the best shooter in the game, but the NBA All-Star 3 point competition confirmed it as this guy has ice water running through his veins. As for Klay Thompson, if he can score 37 points in one quarter, that pretty much speaks for itself. The Pacers really need Rodney Stuckey in this game or this game can get out of control early. The Splash Brothers have been owning opponents. Even teams such as the defending champion San Antonio Spurs.
Curry and Thompson account for 34 shots per game while averaging a combined 42% from three point range and combining for 45.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 10.8 assists per game, If the Warriors continue to win, Stephen Curry has a legitimate shot at the league's MVP award and I don't see the Pacers defense stopping him in this game.
The Pacers are just trying to get through a rough season that saw them lose all of their starters. Now, the team is starting to heal and the big question is will we see Paul George for the stretch drive? The Pacers have said that we should see him back possibly in March. In the meanwhile, the Pacers need to hold their own until their best player get's back in order for them to have any chance of making the playoffs. Even at 22-33 the Pacers are just 1 game behind the Brooklyn Nets for the 8th and final spot in the Eastern Conference where the post-season is concerned.
The Pacers need for players such as David West to be productive and for the most part West has. His offense wasn't needed in their last game, a 106-95 victory over the Philadelphia 76'ers. In this game, the Pacers bench, led by Rodney Stuckey's 30 points and Luis Scola's 16 points, accounted for 61 out of their 106 points. The starters need to be more consistent if Indiana is to capture a post-season berth. Unfortunately for the Pacers, they won't be facing the Sixers tonight, they'll be facing the best team in the NBA.
Indiana has been playing well lately, but this isn't a winnable game as the Warriors are in a league of their own. Look for the Pacers to be competitive for the first half possibly and for the Warriors to run away with the game during crunch time. Take Golden State to cover the spread with your NBA picks.
NBA Pick- Golden State -5.5 at 5Dimes