We don't partake in gambling nor do we encourage it, but I always find it interesting to see what the odds are on the Warriors. This time around let's look at the over/under for the number of wins.
O/U odds: 36 ½ wins, Over (-150), Under (+120)
Run, run, run.
That will be the Golden State Warriors` mantra this season after the team brought in three-time Coach of the Year Don Nelson to steer the ship this season.
Fortunately for Nellie and Golden State backers, the team has the athletes to play his favored run and gun style, especially in the backcourt where guards Baron Davis and Jason Richardson may be the most athletic guard tandem in the league.
But both are injury prone with Richardson already doubtful for the season opener because of a bad back. If either end up missing any serious time, don't expect the Warriors to meet expectations this season.
Especially since the team will already be handicapped with their short bench and small lineup that starts undersized Troy Murphy at center and Mike Dunleavy at the four.
Covers.com prediction: 35-47 straight up
Basically, this site predicts the Warriors will win around 36 games and if my knowledge of betting odds is correct, they expect the Warriors to win less than that with the under at +120. So what does this mean? There aren't too many people who expect the Warriors to make the playoffs because 36 wins won't get you into the playoffs (unless you're in the East, of course). I expect 43-45 wins to snag the 8th spot, but I'm not a gambling man, just a crazy Warrior fan.
Will the Warriors win more than 36 games?