Just when you start getting concerned about the Golden State Warriors, they remind you to relax.
The Warriors had dropped six of 10 and had to play at Houston and Oklahoma City without Kevin Durant. It wasn’t a problem, though, as they brought their ‘A’ game and cleaned out both teams. Now that they seemingly have their swagger back, they’ll head to San Antonio on Monday night in what could very well be a preview of a first-round playoff series.
NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis
The Warriors enter Monday night with a 23-11 record on the road so far this season. Golden State is 8-3 against the spread in its last 11 road games versus teams with a home winning percentage greater than .600. The Warriors are also 23-9-1 ATS in their last 33 Monday night games.
San Antonio has been one of the best home teams in the NBA this season with a 28-7 record at AT&T Center. The Spurs have covered five straight following a straight up win and are 17-4 ATS in its last 21 home games versus teams with winning road records.
Golden State Warriors
Golden State won the last meeting between these teams 141-102 on February 6th. However, it will be a much tougher task this time around with the Spurs on a winning streak and playing on their home floor on Monday night. The good news for the Warriors is that the Splash Brothers are on fire right now. Klay Thompson has averaged a team-high 27.0 points per game over the past week. Meanwhile, Steph Curry has averaged 25.0 points over that same time span.
It also helps that DeMarcus Cousins is enjoying his best month as a Warrior. As maligned as he’s been (for some reason), he’s averaging 16.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.5 steals per game. When things go wrong for the Warriors, they now have an option to dump it down inside to a player who can get them easy, high-percentage baskets.
The Warriors lost their first meeting with San Antonio on the road, so they will be motivated to avenge that defeat and prove they can beat the Spurs on their home turf in this final meeting.
San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs have been on fire of late as they enter riding a league-high eight-game winning streak. Defence has been the key to their success as they’re allowing just 100.9 points per game in that span. They’ve beat some good teams in that stretch too, including a red-hot Detroit Pistons team, the Denver Nuggets, Oklahoma City Thunder and Milwaukee Bucks.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Rudy Gay have provided the secondary scoring San Antonio has needed throughout its current win streak.
San Antonio will be looking to repeat one of its best performances of the season after beating up on Golden State in the first meeting between these teams. They beat them 104-92 in San Antonio but keep in mind Curry and Cousins didn’t play in that game. When they met at Golden State, though, the Warriors crushed the Spurs 141-102 as all of the key Warriors played but the Spurs were without Aldridge and DeRozan. Now both teams will be at full strength.