San Antonio (38-6) at Golden State (40-4)
When: Monday, January 25th 2016
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
Time: 10:35 ET | TV: NBA TV
The top two teams in the NBA meet tonight in Oakland as the Golden State Warriors host the San Antonio Spurs. Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr came back to the bench after missing the first 43 games due to complications with back surgery. He witnessed his Warriors beat up the Indiana Pacers 122-110 behind Steph Curry’s second triple-double of the season (39 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists). Curry has hit at least seven 3-pointers in four of his last five games. Golden State has won three in a row after dropping a 113-95 decision at Detroit on January 16th. They are averaging 126.3 points in those three wins with victories over Indiana, Cleveland, and Chicago. Golden State continues to lead the league in scoring averaging 114.7 points a game and are tops in three-point percentage at 42.4. The Warriors haven’t lost a home game in almost a year as they have won 38 straight at Oracle Arena. Despite the 40-4 record, Golden State is only two games ahead of San Antonio for the top spot in the West.
The Spurs come in riding a 13-game winning streak in which only three of those were decided by single-digits. San Antonio owns the best defense in the NBA by far allowing only 89.8 points a game and have the best point differential (14.5). The Spurs started this 3-game road trip with easy wins over Phoenix and the Lakers by a combined 41 points. LaMarcus Aldridge (15.9 points, 8.9 rebounds) sat out Friday’s game with back spasms but is expected back on Monday. Tim Duncan will not play tonight as he’s nursing a sore knee. The Spurs took two of three meetings with Golden State last year and this will be there first matchup this season. San Antonio is 14-6 on the road and a respectable 13-7 against the spread. They are also 5-1 ATS when playing on two-days rest. The Spurs are really looking forward to this game tonight. “There’s no doubt that players will look at it like more than (just another game),” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich told reporters. “They can’t help it. They’re playing the best team in the league and they’ll be fired up about that.”
I don’t see Golden State running away with this game like they have been. The Spurs are pretty strong up front despite not having Duncan tonight. This should be close throughout with San Antonio looking to slow the pace a bit. I’ll take the points.
Pick: Spurs +4.5