Warriors remain a non-cover machine
February 23, 2018 9:02 AM
by Mark Mayer
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OK, first game back from the All Star break you figure the world champion Golden State Warriors would be energized and ready to start dominating people.
They did defeat the LA Clippers but allowed 127 and failed to cover as an 11-point home favorite. If Golden State continues to focus just on outscoring people, expect them to remain a bet-against team for the rest of the regular season.
Steph Curry had another 40-plus performance, but ‘The Town’ just seems to frown on playing defense. And it’s frustrating to watch as a bettor because you know they can shut people down if motivated. Our Dirty Dozen panel has just about given up on them as they threaten the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers for the worst cover team in the Association.
The Cavs did their part to stay No. 1 by failing to cover at home against Washington. Unlike Golden State, LeBron and his mates lost outright. And the Wizards didn’t have John Wall.
The 127 points allowed was just 2 less than the season worst 129 the Warriors gave up to Utah in a 30-point loss. Yes, you heard right. Utah by 30! Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma City visits Oracle next and then it’s a three-game roadie to New York, Washington and Atlanta.