Game: Golden State Warriors @ Los Angeles Clippers
Time: 10:00 p.m.
Odds: Warriors +8.5, Clippers -8.5
It’s a Pacific Division showdown in Los Angeles as the Golden State Warriors will take on the Clippers tonight at the Crypto.com Arena. The Warriors played last night at home beating Washington 135-126. This will be the third game in four days for Golden State while the Clippers have been off since last Friday. LA lost to Milwaukee 119-106 at home.
Golden State has won the last two games in the series. That includes a 124-107 home victory on November 23, 2022, in the first game of the season. After the win over the Wizards on Monday night, the Warriors are now 29-28 and in ninth place in the Western Conference standings. Golden State is just one game out of sixth place, the final guaranteed playoff spot in the conference.
That sixth spot is currently held by the Clippers who are 31-28 SU this season. With an average of 111 points scored per game this season, the Clippers rank 28th in the NBA in scoring offense. The Clippers’ scoring defense allows an average of 111 points per game and places them fourth in the league. Paul George is the team’s top scorer averaging 23.3 points per game. Kawhi Leonard scores 22 points a game and Norman Powell adds 16.9. The Clippers make 37.7 percent of their three-point attempts and are ninth in the NBA with 12.6 made three-pointers per game.
The Warriors will be at a disadvantage because of playing last night. Golden State is 5-6 this season with a -4.1-ppg point differential in the second game of back-to-back games. The Warriors have a dismal record of 7-21 on the road. Against Western Conference opponents, the defending NBA champs are 17-13 SU.
The Warriors average 118.2 points per game, which ranks them second in the NBA overall in scoring offense. Stephen Curry is the team’s scoring leader averaging 29.4 points per game. He also averages 6.3 rebounds and 6.4 assists a game. Golden State ranks No. 1 in the NBA in made threes (16.8) per game and the Warriors rank third in three-point field goal percentage (38.3%).
Curry will not play tonight due to a leg injury suffered against Dallas on Feb. 4. He will remain out until after the All-Star break. Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson are both listed as questionable for tonight. Curry being out and the Clippers being healthy and well-rested is the big reason why Los Angeles is an 8.5-point favorite.
The Clippers are 8-4 SU in their last 12 games. They are only 4-12 SU the last 16 times that they have hosted Golden State. The game played back in November is the only meeting so far this season. Golden State has won four of the last five in the series.
The Over is 5-1 in Golden State’s last six games. The Over is also 16-2 in the Warriors’ last 18 road games. Golden State ranks second in the league in scoring averaging 118.2 points per game.
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