8 p.m. ET – Golden State at New Orleans (-2.5) O/U: 235.5
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Golden State Warriors||+2½ (-110)||+100||O 235½ (-110)|
|New Orleans Pelicans||-2½ (-110)||-120||U 235½ (-110)|
The 33-32 Warriors stay in New Orleans to take on the 29-36 Pelicans once again on Tuesday night. These two teams played in the Smoothie King Center on Monday night when Golden State picked up a 123-108 win after a dominant first quarter gave them an 18-point lead that they never relinquished. The Warriors made 39 percent of their three-point attempts, which is impressive but pretty much the ordinary for a team with Stephen Curry.
The Warriors are led by former MVP Steph Curry, who is averaging an impressive 31.4 points per game. Curry had a big night on Monday with 41 points on 8-of-18 shooting from beyond the arc. It was not just Curry who stepped up for Golden State, however. Despite being labeled questionable prior to the game, Andrew Wiggins stepped up in a big way.
Wiggins scored 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting from the field. Forward Draymond Green also had his way against the Pelicans’ notoriously weak defense, tallying 10 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists for a triple-double. New Orleans does not have much time to make adjustments on how to stop this Warriors’ attack in only 24 hours, but they need to try something different or it will be another big night for Curry and Co.
The Pelicans are led by Zion Williamson, who is averaging 27.1 points per game in his second NBA season. Williamson had 32 points on 12-of-24 shooting in the previous matchup, but was the only New Orleans player over 20 points. Forward Brandon Ingram is going to have to play much better if the Pelicans are to bounce back on Tuesday night.
Center Steven Adams is doubtful once again with a toe injury and his absence proved to be a major issue with Draymond Green dominating the paint on Monday. The Warriors exploited New Orleans’ lack of paint presence for 48 minutes with wide open driving lanes and backdoor cuts that led to easy baskets all night.
It is smart to avoid placing too much stock in the first game’s result when betting a back-to-back featuring the exact same teams. But in this case it is too hard (and likely unwise) to ignore last night’s outcome. Golden State was able to get whatever they wanted on the offensive end and did enough to make sure the Pelicans could not find much offensive rhythm at the other end.
Back Golden State as a short road underdog to pick up another win and keep pace in the lower end of the Western Conference standings.
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