The red-hot Warriors will return home to take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night. With two of the highest scoring teams in the NBA on the court in this game, there should be plenty of points scored. Golden State beat the New Orleans Pelicans by a score of 131-121 earlier this season.
Golden State has won five straight games and has taken complete control of the Pacific Division. The Warriors enter this game with a 30-14 record and have the best record in the Western Conference. The Pelicans have won four of their last five games and come in with a 21-23 record. New Orleans remains in the playoff hunt in the Southwest Division, but needs to get on a roll. The Warriors are -6.0 over the Pelicans in this game.
Pelicans Suddenly Have “Big 3”
Anthony Davis has been looking for some help in New Orleans for a few seasons, and he finally has some. Point guard Jrue Holiday and big man Julius Randle are both having monster seasons for the Pelicans. Davis still leads the team with 29.4 points and 13.3 rebounds per game, but his team has other options. Both Holiday and Randle are pouring in over 20 points per game this season, and Holiday is averaging more than eight assists per game.
All of these offensive weapons have the Pelicans averaging more than 117 points per game. New Orleans is in the top five in the league in both scoring and assists per game (26.9). The problem for the Pelicans comes on the defensive end of the floor, where they are giving up close to 115 points per game. The New Orleans offense is good enough to mask the bad defense in most games, but that won’t work against the Warriors.
Warriors Offense Has Returned
Suddenly, the Golden State Warriors are back to scoring points at a historic rate. The Warriors come into this game averaging 118 points a contest which is the best mark in the NBA. On Tuesday night, the Warriors scored an NBA record 51 points in the first quarter in their win over the Denver Nuggets. Golden State should have little trouble scoring against a bad defensive team in this game.
Stephen Curry has taken over the reins as the top scorer for Golden State. Curry is pouring in 29.5 points per game this season while making 46 percent of his three-point attempts. Kevin Durant is doing a little bit of everything for the Warriors, scoring 28.2 points per game while grabbing 7.3 rebounds per game. Golden State looks like the team to beat again in the NBA, and are adding DeMarcus Cousins to the mix at the end of the week.
Golden State Wins High Scoring Affair
If you are a fan of offense, this is the game to watch. This game will feature four of the top ten players in the NBA, and there will be plenty of points put up on the board. Golden State at least has the ability to play some defense, while the Pelicans are horrible on that end of the floor. Getting into a shootout with the Warriors is always a mistake, and it will cost the Pelicans big time in this game. Bet the Golden State Warriors -6.0 over the New Orleans Pelicans.