December 4th, 2017
It hasn’t always been smooth sailing for the defending champions this year. The Golden State Warriors (18-6 SU, 11-13 ATS) find themselves second overall in the NBA standings, but they’ve won five of their last six games at 4-2 ATS, and they’ll visit the slumping Charlotte Hornets (8-13 SU, 9-11-1 ATS) on Wednesday. Tip-off is at 8 PM ET on ESPN.
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After some early-season injury concerns with Kevin Durant, the Dubs have all their players back in action – although at varying levels of health. Rest days are being handed out liberally; Andre Iguodala (sore left knee) was given Sunday off, while Shaun Livingston (rest) was expected to sit out Monday in a back-to-back situation.
The Hornets should also be at full capacity once Kemba Walker (bruised left shoulder) returns Monday from a two-game absence. However, this team has deeper issues. Dwight Howard can still play defense, but the former eight-time NBA All-Star has become a black hole on offense as he prepares to turn 32 on Friday. This problem is compounded by having Howard and defensive specialist Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on the floor together. Second-round pick Dwyane Bacon has also played heavy, yet ineffective minutes for Charlotte.
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