IT’S been a rough week in the NBA but we won’t be deterred.
Here’s our best bets for the action ahead:
Golden State Warriors @ San Antonio Spurs
These two heavyweights have sat atop the Western Conference for the past couple seasons, but injuries have halted the Spurs start to the new campaign.
Still without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, San Antonio return home from a less than memorable road trip in the East – losing three of four including their last three straight against Orlando, Indiana and Boston.
The biggest concern for Gregg Popovic in those losses is the teams lack of offence away from LaMarcus Aldridge.
They’ve averaged 91.6 points during that span while allowing 106.3 points against them – not great numbers when you’re about to take on the defending champs.
The Warriors look to have shaken off their sluggish start, winning three of their last four games including a 141-113 hammering of the Clippers in their last start.
Their offence is certainly clicking once more and the team is averaging 121 points per game, which certainly puts them in good stead when facing a team that is currently averaging just 98.1 points on the season.
With no injuries to worry about the Warriors are set to find their rhythm, with Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson all looking good offensively. Draymond Green is the absolute backbone to this team on the defensive end and he will certainly cause Aldridge all types of headaches in that match up, leaving the Spurs with very little advantage anywhere else on the court.
The Warriors have covered the line in 14 of their last 17 road trips dating back to last season, and are 13-3 against the spread when facing teams with a winning home record.
What’s worse for the Spurs is that they have failed to cover the line in their last six games when coming off a loss and have managed to cover the line just once in their last six home games against teams with a winning record.
It’s hard to see how the short-handed Spurs can stay with Golden State in this one and we’re projecting a double-digit win for the road team in this one. The Warriors four of the last five between these teams, and are also 4-1 against the spread in their last five visits to San Antonio.
Tip: Golden State Warriors -6.5 @ $1.88 (1 unit)
Punter Problems NBA multi:
Golden State Warriors
Portland-LA o/205.5 points