The Mavs will be in California to face the Warriors in primetime on Tuesday night. Both teams are playing for something major, hoping to score a win.
This could be huge for the Warriors if they are looking to pass the Mavs in the standings. It’s a bit of a long shot but could lean toward becoming a reality if they can claim this one.
Dallas was without Kristaps Porzingis, and it definitely showed, as they took a loss to the Kings. It was a game they probably should have come away successful in, but it just didn’t happen for them.
Josh Richardson and JJ Redick were both out, and the minutes were spread out oddly, with Maxi Kleber playing just 10 minutes and Nicolo Melli doubling him up with 20.
Golden State picked up a narrow win over Sacramento Sunday, and they have gone 8-3 over their past 11 games. It’s been huge, as they have gone from four games under .500 to being over it once again.
With the team extremely short-handed, they have been bringing in Kelly Oubre off the bench. He’s done a really solid job as the sixth man, providing scoring and energy for the team off the pine.
The Warriors are serving as -2.5 favorites. The over/under is set at 225.5 points.
Mavs Seeking Key Road Win
Even though Portland is ice cold right now and unable to beat anybody, they’re still dangerous. If the Mavs aren’t careful, they could wind up falling back into the play-in.
They will need to start winning with consistency and not losing to a Kings team without DeAaron Fox. That’s a loss that when the game ends, you’re mentally embarrassed by a lack of effort against a worse bunch than what you trot out there.
As great as Luka Doncic is, it takes a team to win games. This isn’t the Thunder with Russell Westbrook doing every single thing.
You need multiple guys to come in and get you buckets. The roster will need to improve heading into next year, as the team has clearly missed Delon Wright and Seth Curry, both guys being dealt in the offseason.
When Porzingis sits, which is often, they have no clear-cut No. 2 guy. It’s a problem.
Dubs Seeking Home Win
At 31-30, the Warriors are officially back over .500. Stephen Curry is shooting the ball ridiculously well right now, making threes at a clip that we have not seen in the 40-plus years of having the shot in the NBA until now.
He still isn’t getting a ton of help, but it is nice to have a facilitator like Draymond Green to drop 15 assists every now and then.
Oubre off the bench has given them a spark that they have previously missed. And by bringing him in after 5-6 minutes, you allow another shooter like Mychal Mulder to space the floor better. And maybe he even knocks down a few threes in his minutes to open each half.
Warriors Win at Home
Sorry Mavs, but this is two losses in as many nights. It won’t happen for you.
Free pick: Warriors -2.5
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