Golden State is just about winning
March 09, 2018 9:18 AM
by Mark Mayer
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Of course, that’s understandable when you’ve had a three-year run like the Warriors have enjoyed and stand 50-14 this season. But it still is confounding to see a spread record of just 28-35-1. And while the Warriors are on a 7-game win streak heading into Portland on Friday, they’ve only covered the number twice.
Thursday’s matchup at home against an undermanned San Antonio Spurs was a microcosm of this bizarre trend. The Warriors were 11-point favorites, yet had to outscore the Spurs 32-20 in the fourth quarter just to eke out a 3-point win.
Cleveland is the mirror image of Golden State in the East, going 21-42-1 against the number while posting a 38-26 record. The NBA talking heads are constantly knocking the Cavs for their 26 losses, but the betting public is far more agitated seeing the LeBrons covering just 33 percent of the time – worst in the Association.