The Warriors’ prolonged skid may have opened up another betting opportunity. I can’t make sense of their -3 line in this game, even with Biedrins out. They should make mincemeat out of this Sixers squad, playing on a road back-to-back.
David Lee should be matched against Elton Brand for most of this game, both at the 4, and at the 5 when both teams inevitably go small. This matchup is right in Lee’s wheelhouse. Brand cannot guard him.
Andre Iguodala should be right in Dorell Wright’s wheelhouse. Iggy can’t shoot. So play off him, and make him a shooter, right Dorell? On the other hand, Iggy can shut DWright down as well. So let’s observe how Wright plays defense in a game where he can’t get his offense rolling. If he steps up, it will be the first time this season.
With Warrior killer Lou Williams out with injury, Warrior killer Thaddeus Young will present the biggest challenge. A job for the Nightmare? I fear the tweener Young will be too quick for Udoh. (But if I’m wrong about that, there will not be words sufficient to describe Udoh’s upside). The best way to guard Young, of course, would be Vlad Rad and Carney, to draw him away from the boards on the other end.
Evan Turner? Not a factor. Can’t shoot. Shaping up as the bust of the draft.
This Warriors team should run Spencer Hawes and Elton Brand right off the court. This Warriors team should blow this Sixers team right out of the gym. But to do it, Keith Smart will have to stop obsessing about the Lacob Quotient, get the right people on the court, and RUN.
Place your bets.
I won’t be able to recap tonight’s game, so this will be an open thread.