THE Golden State Warriors, JustBet’s overwhelming $1.35 favourites to take the title this season, suffered a shocking 35-point home defeat to the Dallas Mavericks last Saturday night.

This was, by far, the worst home loss with Steve Kerr as head coach and may highlight kinks in the armour of the ‘invincible’ Warriors. To make matters worse, this loss was just 18 days after what had previously been the biggest home defeat in Kerr’s tenure (a 33-point loss to the Boston Celtics) and 13 days after they were defeated by the conference-worst Phoenix Suns at Oracle Arena.

While the Warriors have been on the wrong end of other heavy defeats at home this season, losing 128-95 to the aforementioned Boston Celtics earlier this month and being beaten by at least 20 points in games against the Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, Oklahoma City Thunder and Milwaukee Bucks earlier in the campaign, they are currently second in the Western Conference and bound for the playoffs while the Mavericks are second from bottom in the table. This is definitely not the time and there is absolutely no reason for them to taste a 126-91 defeat at the hands of the Mavericks.

The Warriors are, by normal NBA standards, having an awesome season. But the Warriors are not a normal NBA team and therefore this cannot be acceptable.

It is to be noted that the Warriors were without Stephen Curry, Shaun Livingston and Andrew Bogut in this loss, but they still held a daunting talent advantage on the Mavericks, who looked Warrior-like the way they shot the ball, hitting 21 – 3-pointers (five of these by Dirk Nowitzki). The Warriors, in contrast, made just 13.3 per cent of their shots from beyond the arc, where they are typically super-efficient.

The key (apparently) is two-time MVP Stephen Curry. The Warriors appear to operate with relative efficiency without Kevin Durant in the line-up but, without Curry, Golden State is barely scraping .500. Despite the array of All-Stars in the Warriors’ locker room, their offensive system runs through Curry’s shooting prowess and his ability to stretch the floor. Saturday was a perfect example as the Warriors struggled from the perimeter, shooting just 4-of-30 from 3-point range, a season low. Klay Thompson had just eight points and missed all four of his 3-point attempts. Durant finished with 25 points but missed all eight of his attempts from beyond-the-arc. These are not the usual numbers for this Golden State dynasty.

The Warriors are now just ahead of the Denver Nuggets in the Western Division based on their routing of the Nuggets in the past two meetings (142-111 and 122-105) earlier this year and they are slated to meet again on April 2nd. They should prevail if it comes down to playing Denver in a 7-game series, but they have had a rocky season with bewildering home losses where they were simply trundled by inferior opponents. The Warriors have proven that they can turn it up when it matters and these may have been situations where they were not motivated by the level of their opposition – Let’s see.

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If the playoffs started today, the top 8 Teams in both conferences are listed and would be in action:

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Pos. Team Win Loss
1 Milwaukee Bucks 56 19
2 Toronto Raptors 52 23
3 Philadelphia 76ers 47 27
4 Indiana Pacers 45 29
5 Boston Celtics 44 31
6 Brooklyn Nets 38 37
7 Detroit Pistons 37 37
8 Orlando Magic 37 38

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Pos. Team Win Loss
1 GS Warriors 50 23
2 Denver Nuggets 50 23
3 Portland Trail Blazers 46 27
4 Houston Rockets 47 28
5 LA Clippers 45 30
6 Utah Jazz 44 30
7 OKC Thunder 43 31
8 San Antonio Spurs 43 32

 

JUSTBET NBA CHAMPION 2018-2019
CODE TEAM ODDS
101 GS WARRIORS 1.35
102 BOS CELTICS 18.00
103 HOU ROCKETS 12.00
105 PHI 76ERS 10.00
106 TOR RAPTORS 9.00
107 OKC THUNDER 35.00
108 UTA JAZZ 70.00
109 SA SPURS 45.00
110 MIL BUCKS 9.00
114 DEN NUGGETS 15.00

DATE TIME HOME AWAY
29/03/19 19:00 BOS CELTICS IND PACERS
19:30 ATL HAWKS PORT T BLAZERS
20:00 MIN TIMBERWOLVES GS WARRIORS
OKC THUNDER DEN NUGGETS
21:00 UTAH JAZZ WAS WIZARDS
22:30 LA LAKERS CHA HORNETS
30/03/19 15:30 LA CLIPPERS CLE CAVALIERS
18:00 BRO NETS BOS CELTICS
HOU ROCKETS SAC KINGS
19:00 DET PISTONS PORT T BLAZERS
IND PACERS ORL MAGIC
19:30 NY KNICKS MIA HEAT
20:00 CHI BULLS TOR RAPTORS
MIN TIMBERWOLVES PH 76ers
22:00 PHO SUNS MEM GRIZZZLIES
31/03/19 12:30 ATL HAWKS MIL BUCKS
15:30 OKC THUNDER DAL MAVERICKS
18:00 NO PELICANS LA LAKERS
19:00 SA SPURS SAC KINGS
12:00 DEN NUGGETS WAS WIZARDS
20:30 GS WARRIORS CHA HORNETS
22:30 LA CLIPPERS MEM GRIZZLIES

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