Going on the road has left Golden State feeling less like Warriors and more like Wimps of late, losing seven of their last eight games outside Oakland.
It’s been a key factor in their slide from locks for home-court advantage in the play-offs to scrapping for position, but it’s probably a true reflection of the abilities of a side which is running a narrow deficit in points scored (101.1) against points allowed (101.5).
That should figure, in theory, to make it a tough trip on Wednesday night when they arrive at Madison Square Garden where the New York Knicks are 20-8 to date. But the hosts had to grind out a victory over Philadelphia last weekend to break a four-game skid and they’ve found Golden State to be somewhat of a bogey team of late, winning just four of the last 19 meetings between these two.
If the Warriors can get out and run, they could pose problems for the Knicks with Jason Kidd struggling offensively of late and a few questions being raised about the under-use of Amare Stoudemire. Although it’s the second night of a back-to-back, the Warriors are an impressive 9-6 in those situations, so consider them at 1.91 on a handicap of +6.5, if not for the win at 3.40.
Denver and Portland have split their two previous clashes this season but the Nuggets will bid to continue their chase for home-court in the West by improving on a sequence of three wins from their last four. The latest, on Monday, was an 119-108 defeat of the LA Clippers when their high-scoring offense again proved hard to stop, despite the absence of Danilo Gallinari.
The Italian will be a late call against the Trailblazers but that shouldn’t hurt Denver’s hopes too much. Portland’s All Star LaMarcus Aldridge is available at 1.85 to score over 21.5 points but with Kenneth Faried’s athleticism in his way, it might be a hard evening all round.
There’s also a special available on whether Pau Gasol will play again for the LA Lakers in 2013, with 1.02 for yes and 12.00 that he sits out the rest of the season before being shipped off elsewhere. The Spaniard tweeted on Tuesday that he is off crutches. He will be out for a minimum of three more weeks but with the Lakers set to steal a post-season spot, bet on him sporting gold again.
Bet of the Day: Take Golden State + 6.5 against New York at 1.91
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