Detroit Pistons vs Golden State Warriors (By: Khum)
Detroit Pistons - Golden State Warriors
Big news today!
The most important player of the champion team is back!
Steph Curry has been fully training for the last week ("I'm itching to get back"), he's been frustrated that Rick Celebrini decided for him not to play in Toronto, where his father played for the Raptors, but today he's finally back on the court.
He's the most important player of this franchise, he's the main ball handler when he's on the court so it won't be anymore necessary for Kevin Durant to carry the Warriors' team on his (shoulders) scoring.
KD has stepped up tremendously in Steph's absence, scoring 32, 44, 49 and 51 points in the last 4 games, while playing 38, 40, 40, 43 minutes respectively.
I expect for both the usage while on court and the minutes played to decrease for Durant with Curry back in charge.
As a matter of fact, in the previous situations when Steph missed consecutive games, KD has scored 29, 0 (didn't play), 25 and 20 points in Curry's comeback matches.
The fact that the Detroit Pistons are by far the best team in NBA in defending the Small Forward position, averaging only 14.9 points per game allowed from that spot can only help this pick.
For the record, the Raptors, with former Defensive Player of the Year defending that spot are allowing 20.4 ppg.
OKC, with the great defender that Paul George is are allowing 20.5 ppg from the opponent small forwards.
And the defensive juggernauts Memphis Grizzlies and Utah Jazz are allowing over 19 ppg from that position.
No more words. Let's go green!
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Detroit Pistons vs Golden State Warriors prediction
|Kevin Durant to score under 29.5 points in the game||Pinnacle||1.78||9||28 WON (+7.02 units)|