The NBA keeps humming along. And, surprisingly, so does Golden State who is undefeated at 18 and 0 to start the week.
Golden State shows up in this Saturday’s top NBA Best Bet of the week article. Can Golden State keep one of the most remarkable runs in the history of any of the top four sports going? Toronto is the third of a five game road trip for the Warriors. Another team that has surprised basketball handicappers is New York. The Knicks take on Brooklyn in a game this Friday. Dallas plays Washington in Sunday’s game of the week.
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Brooklyn at New York Knicks
When: Friday, Dec. 4
Record-wise, Brooklyn has been one of the worst teams in the NBA this season. The Nets are only 4 and 13. That’s absolutely horrible. Brooklyn doesn’t have much of anything on their team. Two of their best players, Joe Johnson and Jarrett Jack, are both over 30. Johnson is 34 years old. Jack is 32 years old. Brook Lopez, their best player, is 27 but he’s on old 27 having suffered through a ton of injuries already.
By contrast, the New York Knicks have one of the top young players in the NBA. Kristaps Porzingis, who averages 13.9 points, 19.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game, was born in 1995. Porzingis leads what can be a dominating front line when Carmelo Anthony is on his game and Robin Lopez is working hard to grab rebounds. Melo is out to start the week due to an illness. He should be ready by Friday.
Pick: New York Knicks
Golden State at Toronto
When: Saturday, Dec. 5
Golden State plays Utah and Charlotte on the road before taking on Toronto on the road this Saturday. The Warriors have been nothing short of amazing. As a team, the Warriors shoot 49% from the field. That’s unbelievable.
It’s hard to imagine Golden State keeping up this pace. They will likely beat Utah and Charlotte to go to 20 and 0. But, then, things could get tough against Toronto. The Raptors don’t shoot as well as the Warriors from the field, but they have the guards in Kyle Lowry and DeMar Derozan to make like difficult for Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Derozan has the ability to score with Curry while Lowry is one of the best point-guards in the league. Expect Golden State to lose its first game of the season on Saturday.
Dallas at Washington
When: Sunday, Dec. 6
Dallas has gone 7 and 3 in their last 10 after starting out the season by losing 3 out of their first 5 games. The Mavericks have definitely turned things around. Wesley Matthews is healthy. That helps. Plus, Deron Williams has turned into a decent point-guard again. Plus, the Mavs have a deep bench.
The same can’t be said for the Wizards. Unless starting guards John Wall and Bradley Beal both have excellent games, the Wizards will not win. The defense is horrible. It gives up 105.1 points per game. Opponents average close to 40% from the three-point line and over 46% from the field against Washington. Dallas runs away with it.