The Warriors are -7.5 point favorites, dressing only 4 1/2 NBA players. Huh? This can mean only two things. One, those 4 1/2 players are pretty good. And two, its the New Jersey Nets.
Its difficult to describe just how bad this Nets team is. For a start, lets just point out that the short-handed Warriors beat them 105-89 in their own place this season. I could also point out that they’re 3-38 on the season, and on a 1-21 road streak. Them’s pretty special numbers.
Not really sure what to highlight about this game. It will be my first extended look at Yi, so that’s worth something.
Brook Lopez is the Nets best player, and has been beasting. He’s listed at 7’0, 265 lbs. In other words, 5 pounds less than Lebron. If you believe that, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you. Beans is in for another tough night.
Devin Harris used to be the Nets best player, but is no longer. Not sure what’s up with that. But looking at the box scores, I’m guessing the Nets are trying to restrict his offense, and make him into more of a distributor. That’s a mistake. Like Tony Parker and a guy by the name of Monta Ellis, Harris’ great strength has been his ability to create his own shot. Expect Curry to sag off him. Like Derrick Rose, his drive is more dangerous than his jumper.
The gutsy Warriors have been on an incredible run against the spread. They are 10-3 ATS in the last thirteen games. The Nets, on the other hand are 1-4 ATS in their last 5. A great time to bet the Warriors? Possibly. But its hard for me to pull the trigger while they remain one injury or one early foul-out from disaster. Also, the Nets have no doubt circled this game. Also, Nellie might try to find a way to give Monta Ellis some rest on the front end of a back-to-back. Proceed at your own risk.