Warriors vs. Pelicans Pick NBA – Dec 14th


We’ve written about the Golden State Warriors on a few occasions already, but they deserve one more mention as the best team in the NBA after yesterday’s impressive road win over Dallas. The win was their 15th straight win – all without David Lee, and pulls them to a league best 20-2. That record puts them on pace for the best record in the history of the NBA at the season’s one-quarter mark. For clarity, I am not saying this has the potential of being the best team in the history of the NBA. But to ignore the job Steve Kerr has done with this team and Steph Curry as a legit MVP frontrunner would be a little naïve at this point. He gets hi schance to face off against another upstart MVP candidate today as they complete a road back-to-back at New Orleans.

Meanwhile it was a buzzer-beater night in the NBA with two shots as the red light illuminated swinging the fates of games. Orlando snapped the Hawks nine-game winning streak with a Tobias Harris game-winner, and the 76’ers…oh those 76’ers… they blew an 18-point fourth quarter lead against Memphis when Mike Conley (who had a career-high scoring night) hit a three pointer at the buzzer to force overtime and eventually win. Memo to the Sixers – up three with three seconds to go?? FOUL!!!

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The Sixers still remain winless at home for the season. We will hope to not go winless for the weekend by bouncing back from yesterday’s loss with a Sunday afternoon winner.

Today’s Free Pick:

Golden State Warriors -5.5 at New Orleans Pelicans (Total: 206)

I know. Betting on a team on the back end of a road back to back is always a dicey proposition. But at this point, is there really any sense in trying to buck the Warriors epic winning streak and be counter-intuitive? They’ve won 15 straight games and have beaten an impressive array of teams during that stretch.   They’ve beaten the Mavericks, Rockets, @ Chicago, Oklahoma City, and at the Clippers and Trailblazers. This team is the real deal. They have the best point margin in the NBA and still lead in defensive efficiency. And everyone knows how lethal they are shooting the rock, but in truth, that has become a secondary rather than primary strength.

The Pelicans are a fun team and Anthony Davis is the real deal. And Tyreke Evans played really well of late. But with Davis listed as questionable after leaving Friday with a chest injury, it seems like a tall task to expect them to derail the Warriors who are 12-1 on the road.

Even with Davis I like the Warriors today, but on the off-chance he sits the game out, this line will seem like a steal at the current -5.5

Free Pick: Golden State Warriors -5.5

Chris Scheeren / Author