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How To Bet On Warriors 76ers – Warriors Try To Regain Footing As March Begins

Posted by Craig Parsons on 2/27/2013 5:48:15 PM

The Golden State Warriors have continued to be a poor defensive team as February has continued. They'll try to re-write their script in March, beginning with a game in Philadelphia.

Golden State Warriors @ Philadelphia 76ers – Saturday, March 2
Online sports betting line: No line

Why Golden State Will Win

When a winning poker hand exists, you play that hand without regrets. Golden State, for all of its difficulties on defense, is still in position to win this game with its offense. It's hard to say if the Warriors will be ready to defend with a maximum of efficiency, but one thing that can be said is that Philadelphia, without center Andrew Bynum in the middle of the paint, lacks defensive heft on its own.

One point to magnify about Bynum's absence is that Golden State forward David Lee has been a double-double machine this year, including 19 games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. Bynum wouldn't draw Lee in a straight matchup; he would play Golden State center Andrew Bogut. Nevertheless, the absence of Bynum means that Lee will have more freedom on the glass and in the paint, and that will matter for Golden State.

The Warriors can get additional possessions not just for Lee, but for Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and their other capable scorers. This is why the Warriors have such a good chance to win this contest, even without a high-performing defense.

Why Philadelphia Will Win

Even an online horse betting guru with relatively minimal knowledge of professional basketball would be able to tell you that while the Warriors played solid defense in the first 40 games of the season, they've become a different team altogether in February and must be viewed with a great deal of caution as the month of March begins. In the weeks preceding the All-Star break, the Warriors simply crumbled at the defensive end of the floor, losing their identity and edge, the flinty persona that had catapulted them into a comfortable playoff position.

In their first game back from the break against the Utah Jazz, they got sliced and diced once more, surrendering 115 points. Golden State's legs seem to have vanished. This is a team that's running low on fuel. It has more talent than a Philadelphia team which is still playing without big man Andrew Bynum, but will Golden State's defense show up to an appreciable degree? It's really hard to give Golden State's defense a lot of credit or respect at this point in time.

The consistency of this team has evaporated at the defensive end; actually, you could say that this team is consistent… in a bad way. This is a cross-country road trip for the Warriors, so one must wonder if their legs are going to be there. Golden State's defensive rotations are just not likely to be crisp in this game, and that spells doom for them.

Who Will Win

This feels like a close game. Ultimately, Golden State should be able to score enough to win, while Philadelphia continues to wonder when Andrew Bynum might ever play for the Sixers.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Golden State


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