The Warriors officially have everything moving full-speed ahead. This will be the team’s 5th straight road game and 8th in the month of January. No Problem for the Warriors. They have won 10 games in a row overall and 9 straight on the road. With DeMarcus Cousins finally making it back to the court after a devastating injury, the Warriors are starting to look unstoppable. This is a team that is leading the NBA in scoring (119 PPG), field goal percentage (49%) and ranks 2nd in 3-point shooting at 38.9%. G Stephon Curry sits 2nd in the league in scoring at 29.3 PPG while F Kevin Durant currently ranks 4th at 27.9. With Klay Thompson finally past his shooting woes and pitching in 21.7 PPG for good measure, defending this team has become impossible.
With leading scorer Victor Oladipo out with a tendon injury, the Pacers are in desperate need of leadership on the offensive end of the court. In the team’s first game without the All-star guard in the lineup, the Pacers lost to the hapless Memphis Grizzlies 106-103. That loss gave the Pacers a record of 6-5 for the month of January, by far the team’s worst month of the season. They have been playing well at home, but it remains to be seen just how much of an impact Oladipo’s loss is going to have going forward. For now, the scoring responsibilities are going to fall on Bojan Bogdanovic (16.1 PPG) and Domantas Sabonis 14.8 PPG.
Prediction: When the Warriors get rolling, they simply take teams apart. It will take a few games for Cousins to shake off the rust, but when he does, there’s no telling how good this Warriors team can be. For now, they simply have too much firepower for a hobbled Pacers team. Play Golden State -8.5 (score – Golden State 122 -102)