Category Archives: Pre-Game Jitters

Pre-Game Jitters: Nuggets

The Warriors return to the scene of the crime tonight in Denver.  In their last mile-high game, the short-handed Warriors got blown out by 28. In this game, however, it will be the Nuggets who are short-handed:  Chauncey Billups and the Birdman, Chris Andersen, are out with injuries, and Carmelo Anthony will be a game-time decision with a bruised knee.  The Nuggets have been struggling without Billups, going 2-6 with him out.

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Pre-Game Jitters: Blazers

The Warriors are +4.5 road dogs against the Trailblazers  in Portland tonight. The Blazers are 6-1 in their last seven games, and traditionally own the Warriors in the Rose Garden.  They are 4-1 at home in the last 5 meetings between the two teams.  Still, to anyone who has been following the respective injury situations of the two teams, this line must appear curious in the extreme.

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Pre-Game Jitters: Lakers

The Warriors are +11.5 road dogs to the Lakers tonight.  This is a sucker line, and I wouldn’t look at it twice unless I seriously believed the Warriors had a chance to win. Which I don’t. If the Warriors lose competitiveness in this game, it could easily turn into a blowout.

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Pre-Game Jitters: Celtics

The Warriors are +5.5 home dogs to the Celtics tonight, in the return of Andris Biedrins to the Warriors lineup (it’s really happening, right?).  This line seems curious to me.  The Celtics are one of the best road teams in the NBA, it is true. They had won 9 road games in a row, and 13 of 14, until they lost last night to the Clippers (on a BDiddy last-second dagger. Oh, the memories…!). On the other hand, consider this: The Celtics are without Paul Pierce. They are an old team, and they are playing a back-to-back on the road.  It is the third game of their road trip. Their starters played heavy minutes last night in a close game.

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Pre-Game Jitters: Suns

I suffered my jitters over on Golden State of Mind this morning.  Look for my post-game recap there as well.

Pre-Game Jitters: Hornets

The Warriors are +10 road dogs against the New Orleans Hornets tonight.  Hmm. I know the Warriors are short-handed, recognize that they’re on a road back-to-back, but that strikes me as a lot of points. I like them against this spread, on this day.     Continue reading

Pre-Game Jitters: Grizzlies

The Warriors are +7.5 road dogs to the Memphis Grizzlies?  Wow, when is the last time you saw a Warriors/Grizzlies line like that?  Unfortunately, I can’t find much fault with it.  This ain’t your grandpappy’s Grizzlies.  This team has a loaded starting lineup, and they are really starting to play.  In the last three weeks, they’ve beaten the Mavs, the Cavs, and the Nuggets at home.  Impressive.

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Pre-Game Jitters: Wizards

Hey, the Warriors are a 3 point favorite tonight!  Say what?  Well, the Warriors are facing the Washington Wizards, a team ridden with dissension, beset by trade rumors, and the proud owners of a nearly identical record to the Warriors. And they’re on a 6-game losing streak.

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Pre-Game Jitters: Spurs

After that last road trip, my jitters are getting bad.  And now my computer is shrieking non-stop that the Warriors are in trade talks!  Horrors!  Is it too early to hit the Lagavulin?

What I need is a home game against a nice soft team like…  the Spurs?  The same Spurs that took a shellacking against the Suns last night, and are going to come into the Oracle mad as hornets and with their ears red from a Pop tongue-lashing?  Instead of a nice restorative Scotch, I’m being served a double oy latte. The Spurs are a +5 road favorite against the Warriors tonight.  Oy. Oy.

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Pre-Game Jitters: Sixers

Let’s see, the Sixers are losers of 12 straight.  And the Warriors have beaten them straight up 6 out of the last 7 times they’ve played, including twice in Philly.  But the oddsmakers have made the Warriors +5 road dogs in this game. What’s up with that?

To me it means a couple of things.  First of all, the Sixers are a desperate team, a team that will clearly take aim at the under-manned Warriors as a likely way to break their losing streak.  The Sixers are going to come with everything they have in this game.  Secondly, they are a team that is playing better, and with more pride, since the Allen Iverson farewell tour joined them. Their previous two games have gone right down to the wire. In their last game, they played the Houston Rockets close, outrebounding them by 12, before losing in the final seconds. This will be a very tough game for the Warriors.

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