All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson is listed as questionable for tonight's game against the Milwaukee Bucks. What is not questionable is the Warriors' intestinal fortitude after pulling off a scrappy double-overtime win in a hostile environment, without two starters. Thompson will again be a game time decision for the 5:30 p.m. PST tip-off that is going to be broadcasted live on CSN Bay Area and NBATV.
Golden State is just one win shy of becoming the first team ever to win seven or more games on a road trip without losing. A feat the Warriors almost accomplished in 2013-2014 before dropping their final game of the trip in Brooklyn on the second night of a back-to-back. Much like two seasons ago, the Dubs will be playing their seventh and final game of the road trip on the back end of a back-to-back.
Last Time Out
If it is any consolation, Milwaukee is also playing their second game in as many nights much like Golden State. The Bucks lost last night in Toronto by as score of 90-83. Khris Middleton led the way with 26 points for a Milwaukee squad that can be found towards the bottom of just about every major offensive category.
The Warriors survived a slug fest in Boston last night without Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes. Golden State faced the toughest adversity they have seen all season long, but prevailed in double-OT by a score of 124-119. A deep Celtics team kept the Warriors within reach all game long and played exceptional defense on Steph Curry, who did not look like his usual smooth self.
It is much easier to focus all of the defensive attention on Curry when one of the top ten greatest three-point shooter's of all-time in Klay Thompson is not on the court. But as a testament to Curry's greatness, the reigning MVP still managed to score 38 points (on 9/26 shooting), grab 11 boards and drop eight dimes all the while posting a plus 15 (+/-).
Draymond Green is also quickly becoming one of the best all-around players in the Association. Last night Green filled up the stat sheet with 24 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists, five steals and five blocks, becoming only the third player in NBA history and the first since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1993 to post a 5x5 game. If Andre Iguodala is a swiss army knife, then Draymond is a butterfly knife with a mini blowtorch and power drill attached to it.
Golden State (-385) enters tonight's game as eight point favorites over Milwaukee (+325). The over/under line is set at 205.5 total points according to BetOnline. The Bucks have not beaten the Warriors since 2013. Here are some recent betting trends hosted at OddsShark.com:
Here are my picks from last night's game in Boston:
Only a half point away from going 3-0 on the picks last night in Boston. Lets check out tonight's action in Milwaukee.
My gut tells me Klay will not play tonight. But I will be the first to tell you that Mychal Thompson knows his son better than I do. So who cares what my gut says. Regardless if Thompson suits up or not, the Milwaukee Bucks have one of the worst offenses in the league and a lack luster defense to boot.
It will be interesting to see how the Warriors come out and play. It seems as though they play their best when others expect them to possibly be at their worst. Iguodala, Curry and Green all played over 44 minutes last night in Boston. Other than that only Livingston and Ezeli played over 20 minutes. If the Dubs had a couple of losses under their belt, I think this is a game you look to rest a guy like Iguodala or Livingston. But the Warriors have their eyes on the prize. And with the next three days off I think we can expect to see a focused and determined team effort to end the road trip with a win.
Here are my picks for tonight's game in Milwaukee: