Just in case you were wondering, the Golden State Warriors have a 0.0000000000015% chance of going 82-0 this season according to our friends over at NumberFire.com. The fact that they have to crunch the numbers on the feasibility of a team actually going undefeated is just ridiculous, more ridiculous than the Warriors odds of going 82-0.
There is only one real thing that can be taken away from these calculations:
The Phoenix Suns get their crack at knocking off the defending champs as they play host to the Warriors tonight in the desert at 6:30 p.m. PST. If you're as broke as I am then watching Golden State battle for their 17th straight victory will be the highlight of your black friday.
The game will be broadcasted live on both CSN Bay Area and NBATV. It is the first of two games in as many nights for Golden State, who will play Sacramento tomorrow in Oakland. The Warriors will then set off on a seven game cross country road trip that spans over the course of two weeks.
Last Time Out
After a huge first quarter, the Suns had no answer for an Anthony Davis led attack from the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night. Brandon Knight dropped 29 points and added 10 assists in the 120-114 loss to the Pels. The Warriors took the Lakers behind the wood shed on Tuesday night and gave them a good ol' fashioned ass whoopin'. Golden State outscored Los Angeles 65-26 in the first and third quarters combined as the Warriors cruised to a 111-77 win at Oracle Arena.
Golden State (-410) enters tonight's game as eight and a half point favorites over Phoenix (+340). The over/under line is set at 216 total points according to BetOnline. The Warriors are a perfect 7-0 on the road this season and have not lost in Phoenix since November 9th of 2014, winning seven of the last ten against the Suns. Here are some recent betting trends compiled by OddsShark.com:
Who: Golden State Warriors (16-0, 11-5 ATS) vs. Phoenix Suns (7-8, 8-7 ATS)
What: Game 17 of 2015/16 NBA Season, Game 1 of current 1 game road trip.
When: 6:30 p.m. PST
Where: Talking Stick Arena, Phoenix, AZ.
How to watch:
- National: NBATV
- Local: CSN Bay Area
- Online: CSN Bay Area Live Extra
Radio: KNBR 680
Spread: Warriors -8.5
Moneyline: Golden State -410, Phoenix +340
Spread and Over/Under via BetOnline
Lets check out how my picks held up from Tuesday night's game against Los Angeles:
ML - GOLDEN STATE - WIN - GS 111-77
ATS - LOS ANGELES +17 - LOSS - GS by 34
O/U - OVER -214 - LOSS - 188 total points
ML - 16-0 (100%)
ATS - 9-7 (56%)
O/U - 5-11 (31%)
Boy do I feel dumb for thinking the Lakers could stay within 17 points of the Warriors. If every one of Kobe Bryant's air balls would of went through the basket, the Lakers might of covered. Oh well. .
I expect tonight to be a high tempo game. Phoenix is one of three teams in the NBA to average at least ten made three pointers a game, (GS averages 12 made three's per game). With that said, Golden State is the best team in the NBA at defending the three point line, holding teams to an average of five made three's a game on 28% shooting.
Seeing how it's the holiday season and I am home visiting my family, I asked my dad to take the reigns and make the picks for tonight's game in Phoenix:
ML - GOLDEN STATE
ATS - GOLDEN STATE -8.5
O/U - OVER -216
I like where the old man's head is at. I will leave DubNation with this little gem.