Fans of the NBA wondered just how good the Golden State Warriors might be on the court following Boogie Cousins’ return from injury.
The answer? About as good as you might think…and then some.
Steve Kerr’s club is 6-1 since welcoming Cousins into the fold, with only a loss to Philadelphia on January 31st to slow down the momentum. That mark has helped Las Vegas see its way clear to hand the Warriors a double-digit (-11) favorite’s point spread against visiting San Antonio on Wednesday night despite a recent 5-game winning streak racked-up by the Spurs.
BetOnline’s O/U point total is (233) for the 10:30 PM EST tip-off at Oracle Arena.
Coming Out to Play
DeMarcus Cousins has been everything Golden State fans hoped he would be since returning to the hardwood. The imposing center has scored nearly 15 points per game, averaged 7.3 rebounds and posted a positive assist-to-turnover ratio. 3-point shooting was a struggle at times for the normally dead-eye defending champs early in the 2018-19 season, but Boogie’s presence in the paint is helping to cure those woes too. The Warriors are now licking 50% from the field on the year, and All-World guard Stephen Curry went 6-of-8 from downtown and 10-of-13 overall in the club’s 133-100 thrashing of Indiana on 1/28.
But About That 76ers Game…
The Warriors were badly out-gunned in the 3rd quarter by the visiting Philadelphia 76ers last Thursday night, losing the frame 42-26 en route to a 113-104 loss. Golden State was mauled on the inside by big Joel Embiid, who snagged an amazing 20 rebounds in the contest compared to just 6 for Cousins.
Curry and Kevin Durant combined for 66 points in the loss, highlighting the importance of bench points even for a squad like Golden State. Cousins didn’t play any more minutes (25) against the L.A. Lakers on Saturday night than he did against Philly. But the bench was better, Andre Iguodala scoring 17 points in a bounce-back 115-101 victory.
Jingling and Jangling
The San Antonio Spurs are in 6th place and climbing in the Western Conference. But as much as the Spurs would love to beat Golden State on Wednesday night, the squad’s goal is to finish the season with a decent playoff seed…and avoid meeting the Warriors in the opening round.
A 5-game winning streak was snapped by the Sacramento Kings on Monday night, 127-112. San Antonio was penetrated and beaten on the glass, allowing 19-year-old Duke product Marvin Bagley III 24 points and 12 rebounds. Bagley’s performance broke statistical barriers for versatility in a young NBA player, but the Spurs must bear responsibility for letting it happen.
LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 20+ points per game for the Spurs and may bring his A-game on defense when matched up against opposing big man Boogie Cousins.
Warriors vs Spurs: NBA Over/Under Pick
It may not be a lot of fun to bet the Under in an NBA game, but it can be profitable, especially when teams have been challenged defensively and are looking to rebound – literally and figuratively.
You should see tighter defense from each squad on Wednesday along with a better effort on the defensive boards. That will produce a final score of 120-105 or another tally that wins on the low side of the O/U.
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