The Golden State Warriors are the best team in the NBA at the moment, no question.
As for Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson? They might be the best two players in the league as their side sits atop the Western Conference on a 15-2 record after 10 successive wins.
That all bodes well when they host the inconsistent New Orleans Pelicans tonight with the Warriors, quite rightly, at 1.23 for the victory.
Curry is putting up 23.7 points per games with Thompson on 20.9, with the dynamic duo first and second in +/- rating in the NBA, a key factor in an average points margin of 10, equal top with Toronto.
But there are two other critical areas in which Golden State are excelling as a team. They head the charts in field goal percentage with 48.5% but also in opponent percentage in 46%, underlining how Steve Kerr has improved the team at both ends of the floor.
And the load is now being shared. Draymond Green is contributing 12.4 points per night, Andrew Bogut is a defensive anchor and their bench has now become a huge factor.
Although Kerr is still relying on his starters, Andre Iguodala’s move into the second unit has now pushed the reserves up to 28.0 points per game and ever-improving defensive efficiency. That should make the Warriors a much stronger proposition in looking at third quarter spreads going forward.
So should we be looking at Golden State as genuine title contenders? The answer simply is yes. Currently at 13.00, they are much more refined unit than 12 months ago and although the Spurs, Clippers and potentially, a rejuvenated Thunder, lie in wait in the playoffs, the Warriors – favoured by -8.5 over the Pelicans at 1.93 - are more than living up to their name.
Best bet: Go under 200.5 total points in Golden State-New Orleans at 2.50