Warriors vs Pistons – NBA Pick for December 8th
- Spread: Warriors -6
Injuries have continued to pop up for the Golden State Warriors, but the team continues to rack up wins regardless. Despite playing without Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia on Wednesday night, the Warriors stormed into Charlotte and came away with an easy 101-87 win over the Hornets.
Kevin Durant was a man possessed that night, as he finished with 35 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and a pair of blocked shots in the victory. Durant should continue to be the focal point of the Warriors’ offense as long as Curry is sidelined, but the team is expected to get Green back in the lineup tonight in Detroit.
Golden State may be a tough team to peg without a player as influential as Curry available, but the team has no shortage of ball-handlers to make do. Durant is the No. 1 offensive option, while the likes of Andre Iguodala and Green see more time on the ball, as well. Shaun Livingston’s , while youngster Quinn Cook started in Curry’s place against the Hornets. Cook finished the game with 8 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 22 minutes. In 30 minutes, Iguodala posted 8 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks and an assist.
Tonight’s game against the Pistons presents a taller task than the Hornets did, but Vegas still seems confident that Golden State can get the job done shorthanded.
As for Detroit, they have hit a rough patch of late after a flying start to the year. The Pistons enter tonight’s nationally-televised showdown losers of 4 consecutive games, including a 104-100 defeat at the hands of the Bucks a couple of nights ago. The other trio of defeats came against the Spurs, 76ers and Wizards.
The primary storyline for the Pistons this season has been the resurgent play of Andre Drummond. Detroit reportedly toyed with trading Drummond over the summer, but it looks like they were smart to hang on to the 24-year-old big man.
Detroit is running more offense through Drummond this season, and he has been up to the task. The former UConn Husky is averaging 14.7 points, 15.3 rebounds and 4 assists through the season’s first 24 games. Prior to this year, Drummond had never averaged more than 1.1 assist per game. The jump in that area alone is notable.
Tobias Harris is another player that always seems to fly under the radar, but he has been steadily excellent for Stan Van Gundy this season. The former Magic standout is going for 19.2 points and better than 5 rebounds on tidy 46.3 percent shooting from three-point range.
While Detroit has played well overall, the Warriors are a tough matchup for anybody. Drummond should be able to feast against an undersized front court missing Zaza Pachulia, but it’s tough to see how the Pistons can keep up with Golden State’s offense otherwise.
6 points is a sizable spread considering Golden State is shorthanded and on the road, but they just keep steamrolling opponents. Detroit presents a tough challenge, but the smart money is on the defending champs here.