Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings - 3/16/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Before the game, Durant was put onto the injured list with a rib cartilage fracture and set for re-evaluation in two weeks.

He is averaging 26.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game this season. With Klay Thompson (thumb) and Steph Curry (ankle) also out, the Warriors will turn to a number of role players for increased production.

Golden State will remain without both the two-time NBA Most Valuable player Curry and Thompson for road games against the Suns and the Spurs (Monday).

Durant went through his normal practice routine on Thursday but had a patch on his ribs after practice.

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Last season, Gonzaga made an appearance in the national championship - the furthest they have ever gone in the NCAA Tournament . Beilein has one of his best defensive teams ever this year, though, as the Wolverines limit opponents to 63 points a game.

"I think we are in a position where all three guys could play if they had to, but it's just not that important for them to play".

Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) looks to shoot the ball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena.

The injury is the latest to the Warriors star lineup. Durant did finish the game and played in the following game against the Lakers, but clearly the injury was seriously bothering him. He also added 7 assists and 4 blocks. It was a little sore the next couple of games, but not something I would worry about. At the end of the day, if these Warriors are healthy come Playoff time, it's going to be hard to beat them in any round of the Playoffs at home or on the road.

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Warriors are a 9.5-point favorite on the spread line. Young scored 18 points and had three of the Warriors' six 3s. Curry missed his fourth straight game after re-injuring his troublesome right ankle. It may mean a few more shots here or there.

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