The Golden State Warriors will take on the Phoenix Suns tonight in what could be a preview of this year’s Western Conference finals.
The Warriors (48-28, 29-9 home) are being forced to finish this regular season without Steph Curry and, as expected, they are looking quite horrible without him. Golden State lost 6 of their last 7, the only win coming against a Miami team which was in disarray at that time. All in all the Warriors have been poor in this second part of the season, mainly due to injuries, and they are just hoping they can get everybody back healthy for the playoffs.
The Suns (61-14, 30-6 away) have been hands down the best team in the NBA this season and there is seemingly nobody able to stop them right now. The Suns won 8 straight and will be eager to get one over their potential title rivals tonight in San Francisco.
Injury report: Curry and Wiseman are out for the Warriors, while Phoenix will be without Mcgee, Kaminsky, Saric and possibly Cam Johnson.
The Warriors got Andre Iguodala and a couple of other guys back lately, so they are back to having the numbers in the rotation, and that will help. But Steph Curry’s absence changes everything. This team goes as Steph goes, and the Warriors simply can not play their style of basketball without his movement and ability to stretch the floor. This has been proven time and time again and it is being proven again now, with 6 losses in 7 games.
It’s not like the Warriors have other ways to hurt the Suns, they are vastly undersized, so there’s really no option for them to dominate this matchup without Steph doing his thing.
I expect the Suns to come out firing and looking to make a statement against their potential rivals in the Western Conference. Coming back from their road trip in the East and getting guys like Iguodala back should help the Warriors improve in the next couple of weeks, but the Suns are too much for them without Steph.
Unless it will be just “one of those nights”, with Klay Thompson going nuclear or Phoenix missing everything, the Suns should get this victory comfortably. I believe they would win this game 7 or 8 times out of 10, so I’m happy with the odds for the straight win. I’ll go with that for extra security, as opposed to the handicap (I think the Suns will cover, but it will be a playoff type atmosphere and who knows, the Warriors might fight to hang on within touching distance). Prediction: Golden State Warriors – Phoenix Suns 107 – 117.