Golden State (22-0) at Indiana (12-7)
When: Tuesday, December 8th 2015
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Time: 7:05 ET | TV: NBA TV
The Golden State Warriors, who are on the verge of history, will travel to Indianapolis on Tuesday night to take on a tough Indiana Pacers team. The Warriors have won 26 straight games dating back to last season and would tie the 2012-2013 Miami Heat with a victory tonight. The record is 33 straight wins by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. Golden State is in the middle of a seven-game road trip in which they’ve won the first four. They survived a 112-109 win over Toronto on Saturday, then went out to Brooklyn and handled the Nets 114-98. Steph Curry continues to do what ever he wants, whenever he wants. He scored 16 of his 28 points in the third quarter on Sunday to put away the Nets. The reigning MVP is averaging 34.5 points and is 26-of-43 from 3-point range over the first four games of the trip, with a pair of 40-point performances. Curry doesn’t do it alone. The Warriors have an extremely deep bench led by Andre Iguodala and Festus Ezeli. Small forward Draymond Green had another exceptional game on Sunday scoring 22 points, grabbing 9 rebounds, and dishing out 7 assists. He’s shooting a career best 46.8% from the floor and 38.8% from beyond the arc.
The Indiana Pacers have a superstar of their own in Paul George. He doesn’t get talked about much playing in Indy, but he’s one of the top 5 players in the game in my opinion. George had his worst game of the season at Portland on Thursday with 11 points on 4-of-17 shooting but went 15-of-27 from the floor, including 8-of-11 from 3-point range, in scoring 48 points at Utah on Saturday. The Pacers are coming home after a four-game road trip in which they won the first two and lost the last two. After an 0-3 start at the end of October, the Pacers had a terrific 11-2 November and are just a half game behind the Cavaliers in the Central division. Indiana beat the Warriors last February at home, but Curry missed that game. They have not lost at the Fieldhouse since Halloween night. Monta Ellis, who is averaging 11.7 points per game, has slumped in the last two contests shooting 3-for-12 from the field and scoring just 8 points. The Pacers have been solid defensively for a few years now, but it seems that George is picking up their offense and are 5th in the league points per game and 2nd in 3-point percentage at 40.1%.
Games are going to get much tougher for Golden State no matter who they play. They have a big target on their back and the pressure is mounting to stay perfect. I think Indiana keeps it close tonight and might even pull of the upset.
Pick: Pacers +5.5