Warriors struggling in 2nd half of back-to-backs
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Only the Los Angeles Lakers have been worse at covering the spread this season than the Golden State Warriors. As the 2.5-point favorites in last night's outright loss to the San Antonio Spurs, the defending NBA champions fell to 28-40-1 against the betting number.

Mired in a slump, the Dubs have dropped five of their past nine games and gone 4-12 against the spread over their last 16. We've seen Golden State flip the switch when it matters, but come Tuesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, we're not sold that it's time to buy back on the Warriors.

Line: Warriors -6.5
Total: 229.5
Time: 8 p.m. ET

Golden State is in a real tough spot. The team is fresh off a deflating loss in San Antonio and flying north to Minnesota with zero days' rest. The Warriors have been terrible in the second half of back-to-backs this season, going 0-6-1 against the spread in the previous seven situations while getting outscored 117.4 to 114 on average.

Opponent Spread Final Result ATS W/L
Magic GSW -4.5 L 96-103 Loss
Trail Blazers GSW -2 L 107-129 Loss
Pelicans GSW -7 W 147-140 Push
Clippers GSW -10.5 W 129-127 Loss
Kings GSW -6.5 W 117-116 Loss
Spurs GSW +2 L 92-104 Loss
Hawks GSW -10.5 W 110-103 Loss

Tuesday's game might initially look like a good opportunity for the Warriors to bounce back, but they're not off the hook here, either. Golden State hasn't covered a spread in its last eight games against sub-.500 teams, going 0-7-1 over that span.

Home and road splits are somewhat noisy in terms of team production, but the Warriors also haven't been as offensively lethal away from Oracle Arena recently. They've gone under their team total in eight of their past nine road games while averaging 111.8 points - roughly six fewer than their season average.

Opponent Final Score Warriors Team Total O/U
Spurs SAS 111-105 Under
Thunder GSW 110-88 Under
Rockets GSW 106-104 Under
76ers GSW 120-117 Under
Magic ORL 103-96 Under
Heat MIA 126-125 Over
Hornets GSW 121-110 Under
Trail Blazers POR 129-107 Under
Suns GSW 117-107 Under

Golden State plays three more games with zero days' rest following Tuesday's clash with the Timberwolves: March 24 against the Detroit Pistons, April 5 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and April 10 at the Memphis Grizzlies.

Alex Kolodziej is theScore's betting writer. He's a graduate of Eastern Illinois who has been involved in the sports betting industry for 11 years. He can quote every line from "Rounders" and appreciates franchises that regularly wear alternate jerseys. Find him on Twitter @AlexKoIodziej.

Warriors struggling in 2nd half of back-to-backs
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