I'm a huge NBA guy. Love the league. But, wow, there is seriously a problem with teams resting key players just on a whim. That's the case tonight when Golden State visits New Orleans, as the Warriors have ruled out Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson in the second half of a back-to-back. Imagine if you bought tickets to this game. The Pelicans had been 5-point favorites at Caesars Sportsbook but are now -10.5. The total has dropped from 229.5 points to 227.
That the Warriors are sitting Thompson is no shock, as he hasn't played both ends of a back-to-back all season with all his injury concerns. He just had his best game of the season Sunday in Houston with a season-high 41 points and 10 made 3-pointers in Golden State's first road win of the year. The Warriors had been 0-8 as visitors until then. It was the sixth time Thompson made at least 10 3-pointers in a game, including his NBA-record 14 on Oct. 29, 2018 at Chicago. In NBA history, the six games with double-digit 3-pointers are second-most, behind only the 22 times Curry has made at least 10 in a game. No other player has more than three such games.
The spread might not be done rising because the team is also listing Andrew Wiggins and Kevon Looney as questionable. Looney has played in 128 consecutive games, the second-longest active games played streak, trailing only Phoenix's Mikal Bridges (324 games). Wiggins, Thompson and Curry combined for 23 made 3-pointers on Sunday, the most made by any trio in league history. It was just the third time in NBA history three teammates each made at least six 3-pointers in a game.
The Warriors are looking for their first three-game winning streak of the season and first sweep of a back-to-back set. Golden State is 1-2 in the second game of back-to-backs.
New Orleans is listing Zion Williamson as probable. The former No. 1 overall pick has missed three straight games with a right foot injury. The Pelicans are 6-5 with him in the lineup this year and 3-2 without.
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