Point Spread: -3.00 | -110.00 Golden State (Home)
Golden State’s surge has actually come on the strength of their work on the defensive end as they’ve held four straight opponents to 108 points or less. During their incredible run of five straight Finals appearances, the Dubs routinely ranked among the league leaders in defensive efficiency. That’s something I think has been forgotten. Steph Curry actually had one of the worst shooting nights of his career vs. Toronto (2 of 16!), so it was a real “feather in the cap” that the team still won that game. Curry should obviously be expected to shoot the ball much better tonight.
Indiana had been playing solid defense as well, but has now given up 125+ points in B2B games, both of which they lost as favorites. Making matters worse for tonight is the fact the team is already playing short-handed (no Warren, Lamb or McConnell) and the top three scorers (Sabonis, Brogdon, Oladipo) all played 37+ minutes last night. This simply looks to be a terrible spot for the Pacers. Depth is already a huge edge for Golden State as their reserves average 41.8 PPG (4th most in the league) while Indiana’s average only 30.3 (27th). That edge should be further exacerbated tonight. 10* Golden State