Andrew Wiggins remains on the bench as the 7th seed Warriors (42-38) head to Sacramento to take on the 2nd seed Kings (48-32). Game is scheduled to tip-off at 10:00 PM ET on Friday, April 7th, 2023.
Wiggins absence (personal matter) is not expected to hinder his teams surge towards the playoffs, with the Warriors heading into this game a heavy 6 point favorite.
The Kings come into this game having clinched a top 3 seeding in the Western Conference and could potentially look to rest their stars ahead of their first postseason in over 20 years. Meanwhile, the Warriors are without Wiggins (personal reasons), and potentially Klay Thompson (back) as they look to finally clinch a playoff position.
This will be the concluding game in a regular season series between two of the leagues top offensive powerhouses, with both teams having secured a win in the previous matches. In their most recent encounter, which took place on November 8th, the Warriors emerged victorious with a score of 116-113. Stephen Curry played a crucial role in securing the win, scoring a whopping 47 points.
ODDS AND PREDICTIONS
In this upcoming game, the Warriors simply have more at stake than the Kings. While the Kings are already assured of their position as the third seed, the Warriors are still fighting to maintain their spot as the sixth seed in the playoffs. Fortunately, the Warriors are expected to have close to their full roster available, which has been a rarity for them this season.
Although Golden State have struggled on the road, a lot of that came down to, their franchise player, Curry, missing a significant number of games in the middle of the season. But the team has been able to find dependable role players in DiVincenzo and Kuminga, who are now ready to contribute to the team’s rotation as Curry re-enters his start of season form.
Additionally, Thompson’s fitness has continued to improve, adding to the Warriors’ strengths. This Warriors team, refueled by the return of Wiggins come playoffs, will be considered a top championship contender.
As the playoffs approach, the Warriors are starting to pick up momentum, having won six of their last eight games. This momentum is expected to carry over into this game, as the Warriors are likely to come out strong and determined to secure their spot in the playoffs.
On the other hand, Sacramento may not be as motivated to win since they do not need this game as much as their opponents do. In fact, the Kings may even allow the game to slip away from them late, as they did in their previous match against Dallas.
Considering all these factors, it seems like a wise choice to take the Warriors to cover the spread. However, it’s important to keep in mind that sports betting always involves a degree of risk, and there’s no guarantee that the Warriors will perform as expected. As always, it’s essential to do your research and make an informed decision based on the available data.
Spread: Warriors -6.0
Moneyline: Warriors -247, Kings +200
Pick: Warriors -6.0
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