INDIANAPOLIS, Sporting Alert – The Golden State Warriors will put its record start to a season on the line against the Indiana Pacers in NBA action on Tuesday.
Golden State has opened the season with a stunning 22-0 record and will try to extend that mark when they travel to take on the Pacers (12-7) at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Vegas Insider has listed the defending NBA champions as 6-point favourites to beat the Pacers on the road, as they seek to improve to 13-0 away from home.
Reigning MVP Stephen Curry comes into this matchup shooting 53.2 percent from the floor, while averaging 32.4 points, 5.8 assists and 4.9 rebounds across 22 games this season.
The sharp-shooting point guard has scored 112 points over the last three games, including back-to-back 40-plus points in two of those games and the former Davidson standout might need another bit performance again on the road against Indiana.
This clash will see arguably two of the hottest players in the league this term coming together, with Pacers forward Paul George also getting off to a tremendous start, this after recovering fully from a foot injury.
George, who played just six games last year after suffering a season-ending foot injury, is off to a terrific start, as he’s averaging 27.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 45.2 percent from the field and a very impressive 45.4 percent from 3-point range.
The 25-year-old is also already off to a better start than his most recent full season in 2013-14 — and despite losing two straight on the road coming into this contest, the start forward is positive the home side will be a tough challenge for the NBA leaders.
Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton also echoed those sentiments — warning his team that the Pacers are one of the best team around.
“We told [players] this is one of the best teams we’re going to play so far,” Walton said. “[The Pacers] are a confident group that’s been deep into the playoffs.
“Obviously they’re playing a different brand of basketball right now, but they’ve got a lot of the same core guys.”
Elsewhere on Tuesday night, Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder tackle the Memphis Grizzlies, while the Portland Trail Blazers are at Cleveland Cavaliers.
NBA Games, Live GameCast
Tuesday, December 8
Portland at Cleveland 7:00 PM TV: CSNN, FSOH
Golden State at Indiana 7:00 PM TV: NBATV, CSNB, FSMW
Houston at Brooklyn 7:30 PM TV: YES
Oklahoma City at Memphis 8:00 PM TV: FSOK
Orlando at Denver 9:00 PM TV: FSFL, ALT
Utah at Sacramento 10:00 PM TV: NBATV, ROOT, CSAC