The hope of an undefeated season is now gone. But so is the pressure associated with such perfection. The Golden State Warriors managed to go a remarkable 249 days without losing a regular season game. With that being said the San Antonio Spurs are only four games back in the standings and considered by many to be the best team in the league.
The run was fun while it lasted. But the thought of trying to hold my shit together on Christmas day while watching an undefeated Warriors' team play the Cavs is painful. I'm not sure if I would be able to handle that kind of stress, so my heart personally welcomes the loss.
The Warriors are finally back home and are set to host the Phoenix Suns tonight at Oracle Arena for a 7:30 p.m. PST tip-off. You can catch the game locally on CSN Bay Area. ESPN will also broadcast tonight's game with Mark Jones and Mark Jackson calling the action.
Last Time Out
The Suns dropped their last game against Dallas by a score of 104-94. Eric Bledsoe scored 23 points and added seven assists. But Phoenix could not overcome their 19 point fourth quarter deficit after being outscored by 16 in the third quarter alone. The Suns are now 11-15 on the season.
The Golden State Warriors lost the final game of their season long seven game road trip last Saturday against the Bucks. The tired Dubs managed 95 measly points, marking the first game Golden State failed to score over 100 points this season. With the loss the Warriors drop to a respectable 14-1 on the road this season. Not too shabby.
Golden Sate (-1100) is favored by 12.5 points over visiting Phoenix (+775). The over/under line is tentatively set at 219.5 total points according to BetOnline. The Warriors defeated the Suns by a score of 135 to 116 back on November 27th in Phoenix. Here are some betting trends compiled by OddsShark.com.
Spread and Over/Under via BetOnline
Here are my picks from last Saturday's game in Milwaukee:
The first 0-3 game on the season, hopefully it is also the last. Here are my picks for tonight's game in Phoenix.