NBATV Pick and Preview: Suns Vs. Warriors Odds Prediction

Joe DuffyAnalyst IFebruary 7, 2011

Tonight's Warriors-Suns game is looking good for bettors
Tonight's Warriors-Suns game is looking good for bettorsEzra Shaw/Getty Images Senior Sports Handicapper Matt Rivers has an NBA lock pick on the Golden State Warriors (-5) hosting Phoenix. The game is televised on NBATV.

Reasoning: Steve Nash and the Suns have been looking better of late, and the victories in three of their last four games show just that. Vince Carter has looked rejuvenated at times, and all in all, the Suns are alright once again. Granted, the window has completely shut in terms of doing anything major, but they are at least showing some sign of life, unlike a few weeks back.

Meanwhile, the Warriors have also started to play some good ball and, to be honest with you, are the better team of these two teams and especially when at home. Monta Ellis is a baller who can score with the best of them, and others like Stephen Curry, Dorell Wright and David Lee are quality ballplayers. The Warriors always had some talent, but their ragged up and down style never really leaned well to winning enough. It still may not be good enough in the always difficult West, but these Warriors have now won three in a row and are a little scary. They just beat the red hot Bulls after downing the Bucks and Jazz and have been victorious in seven of their last ten by the bay.

There will certainly be some points in this game, as the large total indicates. Both teams will look to get out on the break and do their thing. But without Amare Stoudemire on the Suns anymore, I just feel that the Warriors at home are the definite better team. State lost at home to the Suns earlier in the season and do have a measure of revenge tonight.

I’m not saying this Golden State team is as good as the one that rose up and beat Dirk and the Mavericks in the playoffs a few seasons back, but I like what I see from this current outfit and will back them tonight.

The pick: Golden State

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