Wednesday Pick: Are the Warriors the New Lakers?

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 11:18 AM UTC

Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018 11:18 AM UTC

The Golden State Warriors used to be a solid NBA bet, but now they’re swimming in red ink – just like the Los Angeles Lakers after they were past their Showtime peak. The teams meet in Oakland on Wednesday.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="">Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free NBA Pick: Under</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow">BetOnline</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3263802, "sportsbooksIds":[1096,169,93,118,999991], "LineTypeId":3, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>Nobody gets to stay on top of the mountain for long. The 2016-17 Golden State Warriors might have been the best team in NBA history; one year later, they’re still playing elite-level basketball, but it’s just not the same. For the first time since Stephen Curry was a sophomore in 2010-11, the Warriors (51-16 SU, 28-38-1 ATS) are swimming in red ink. They have passed their peak, and, sure enough, the betting market is late to catch up.<br /><br />The Los Angeles Lakers used to be that team. Old-school bettors made a mint fading the post-Showtime Era Lakers with their <a href="">NBA picks</a>, then they did it again after the Shaquille O’Neal-Kobe Bryant marriage began to fall apart. How times have changed; this version of the Lakers (31-36 SU, 37-30 ATS) is a young team on the rise, and in many ways <a href="">the future is right now</a> in Los Angeles. They’ll visit the Warriors on Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPN – but until we know who’s active for the Dubs, the <a href="">NBA odds</a> for this matchup will be off the board.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>The Circle of Life</strong></h2><p>Like any other dynasty, Golden State’s reign had a beginning, and it will soon have an end. Curry (plus-8.4 BPM) is now in his ninth season at age 29. Kevin Durant (plus-5.7 BPM), also 29, is in his 11th year as a pro. Diminishing marginal returns have to be expected. These two players also account for nearly $60 million of Golden State’s $138 million payroll. The Warriors are having trouble filling in the gaps around them – stupid salary cap.<br /><br />They’re also having trouble putting a basketball team on the court. Seven players are on their injured list, including Curry, who’s out until at least next Tuesday with a gimpy right ankle. Draymond Green (plus-5.4 BPM) is going to sit this one out with a sore right shoulder. David West (plus-2.2 BPM) has a cyst on his right arm. We’re waiting for word at press time about everyone else.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Luke Walton on Kyle Kuzma (26P, 13R, 2A): “I thought his competitive spirit was great. He (gave) everything he had to the game. Kept telling me ‘coach I’m ready to go’ after he hurt the ankle.” &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;March 14, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>Meanwhile, the Lakers just put the hammer down on the Denver Nuggets, winning 112-103 as 2-point home dogs out here on the Left Coast. They’re 12-5 SU and ATS in their last 17 games, but they have some injury concerns of their own, with Brandon Ingram (minus-1.4 BPM) out since March 1 with a strained left groin and Kyle Kuzma (minus-1.5 BPM) in doubt after he rolled his right ankle in the third quarter against Denver. The usual caveats apply for this game: See who’s at the shootaround, pounce if you think the odds don’t match the two rosters, and consider taking the UNDER in what could be a very ugly matchup.</p>
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