Now that we’re post-Super Bowl, it’s time to get serious about the NBA. The best team in the NBA, the Golden State Warriors, play in two of my three pro hoops betting picks this week. Let’s get started.
On Wednesday, can the Warriors cover what’s sure to be a massive spread versus Dwayne Wade, Jimmy Butler, and the strong Chicago Bulls? Then, on Saturday, will Golden State and KD take down Russell and the Oklahoma City Thunder in Chesapeake Arena in Saturday’s ABC Prime Time Game? Sunday’s ABC afternoon game has San Antonio taking on New York in Madison Square Garden. Who wins in that throw down between the Spurs and Knicks?
NBA Picks Feb 6th – 12th
Chicago at Golden State
When: Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 10:30 pm ET
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
Analysis: Chicago has one of the better defenses in the NBA. The Bulls allow 102 points per game. That ranks Chicago sixth in the NBA in point per. But, the Bulls battle Golden State on Wednesday.
Golden State is, easily, the best team in the NBA. The Warriors’ 43 and 8 record is terrific. Sure, Golden State goes into the week having lost 106 to 109 to Sacramento in overtime. In that game, the Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins scored 32 points, grabbed 15 boards, and dished 9 assists.
That’s the way to beat Golden State. You must beat them in the front court. You can’t beat the Warriors in the back court. Since Chicago’s two best players, Dwayne Wade and Jimmy Butler, are back court players, Golden State should win and cover the spread in this game.
Pick: Golden State
Golden State at Oklahoma City
When: Saturday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 pm ET
Where: Chesapeake Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
Analysis: Golden State travels to Oklahoma City to battle Russell and the Thunder this Saturday, Feb. 11. The talk around Russell Westbrook as MVP this season has subsided. The reason is because Oklahoma City is behind Utah in the Northwest Standings. It’s hard for me to not pick a player that averages a triple-double as MVP. Maybe, that’s why I don’t get a vote?
On paper, this looks like a tough matchup for Golden State. Westbrook’s ability to score, dish the rock, and grab boards, means that he thrives in the style that the Warriors play. But, the reason that Golden State is so good is because they play great defense as well as being excellent on offense.
The Warriors forced Westbrook into 10 turnovers in Golden State’s stunning 121 to 100 win over the Thunder on Jan. 18. I like Golden State to dominate Oklahoma City again in the rematch on Saturday.
Pick: Golden State
San Antonio at New York
When: Sunday, Feb. 12 at 3:30 pm ET
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Analysis: By the time that San Antonio takes on New York this Sunday, Feb. 12, the Spurs will have battled Memphis, Philadelphia, and Detroit on the road this week. The key with handicapping the Spurs is knowing when coach Gregg Popovich is going to rest Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge.
I think he rests them versus Philadelphia in the second game of the 5-game road trip. Pop should want his two best players on the court in the nationally televised game on Feb. 12. If my logic is correct, San Antonio should dominate the Knicks.
The Spurs are one of the few teams in the NBA that plays as well on the road as they do at home. San Antonio should have no trouble versus Carmelo Anthony and New York, which appears to have given up on the season.
Pick: San Antonio