Golden State Warriors at Dallas Mavericks (-1, 214.5 o/u)
Going into the season, there was plenty of legitimate concern whether Steve Kerr would struggle as a first-time NBA coach. Now a quarter of way into the season, such talk has been put to rest and then some with his Golden State Warriors (19-2, 11-1 away) owning the best record in the NBA.
Not only is the squad currently on a 14-game win streak –during which it has won by an average of 13 points – but it also owns the best defense in the league.
“It means I’m the luckiest coach in NBA history because I inherited a team that was already really good,” Kerr said. “I speak for everybody when I say it’s fun to go to the facility everyday.”
During the win streak, the Warriors are holding opponents to 44 percent from the field. The team’s latest victory came Wednesday over a Houston Rockets squad that was up by 11 points halfway through the fourth quarter before Golden State went on a 22-7 run.
Said small forward Harrison Barnes, “Some games aren’t going to be pretty, you just have to grind them out. We know that we’re determined and if we stay focused we can get wins.”
Tonight, the Warriors travel to Texas to face the Dallas Mavericks (17-7, 9-3 home), which beat the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. Leading the way was Monta Ellis, who sealed the win with 13 points in the fourth quarter.
“Coach [Rick Carlisle] put the ball in my hands and my teammates have confidence in me to make plays around this time,” Ellis said.
Added Carlisle, “He wants the ball when the heat’s on, and he’s unafraid.”
Being unafraid and confident will be key for bettors tonight as taking the Mavs’ money line (-110) at home is the best play.
(Photo credit: Keith Allison from Owings Mills, USA (Stephen Curry) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. Photo may appear cropped.)