Free NBA Pick: Golden State at Los Angeles Lakers 10/31/2010

October 31, 2010

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Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers

Sunday October 31st, 2010 8:30 PM EST

Line: Los Angeles -9 1/2

Overview:

Both teams in this matchup have 2-0 records and have looked incredible to start the season. While this is not news in LA, it is shocking to Bay Area fans. Without coach Don Nelson weighing down the Warriors anymore, they look like a different basketball team. This will be a great test for them, as they take on the defending world champion Lakers.

Keys to the Game:

  • Stephen Curry is out. This is a huge blow to the Warriors, as Curry is an assist machine. While the Warriors are exciting to watch, their defense is terrible. The Warriors need to score 120 points to remain competitive in some games, including this one. They simply can’t hit that mark without Curry’s presence. The Warriors are versatile with their offense, so it is likely you will see Monta Ellis slip into the point guard position. While Ellis was at shooting guard, he is comfortable playing point, but it might take away from his ability to score.
  • Kobe Bryant gives a different Wow factor than the Miami heat do. When you watch the Heat, it is hard to really appreciate the individual effort of any one player. The big three are great, but the aura of each of them carrying their respective teams to victory has been completely washed away. It is safe to say that the Lakers are a deep basketball team, but fans still come out to see Kobe Bryant. Bryant has the ability to put up 45 points on a team like the Warriors. He is also regarded as one of the best defenders in the league. Bryant will take advantage of his skill set to drop incredible numbers on the Warriors.
  • The Lakers are built to win a Championship, not necessarily a home game in their third outing of the season. Phil Jackson isn’t gunning for the all-time win record, he is looking for his 12th NBA ring as a coach and a shot at a threepeat. He has built his team to win any seven game series against any team in the league. The Lakers are still the team to beat in the NBA, but Jackson isn’t going to leave players on the floor for too long or expel too much energy in one outing to come away with a regular season win. The Zen Master has a plan, which is geared toward the end of the season.

Wrap Up:

While I like the Warriors on offense, I like the Lakers everywhere. The Warriors are outmatched in this one and without Stepehn Curry, the Warriors are going to struggle to put up the points necessary to hang withing ten of the Lakers for most of the game.

Free NBA Pick: Los Angeles -9 1/2


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