The two forgotten California teams this season battle it out in a primetime matchup in the Oracle Arena. The Warriors are heading into their second two-game series this season as they take on the Clippers tonight and on Friday right back at Oracle.
The Clippers will be playing their second game of a back-to-back against the shell of a once-great Golden State Warriors team. Don’t be surprised if they rest their stars Kawhi Leonard and/or Paul George, after their game against the Spurs Tuesday night.
Curry is the Pilot for Flight 62
On Sunday night Steph Curry had a career-high 62 points on 58% from the field and exactly 50% from three. He went 9-of-18 and made 18-of-19 free throws.
The Warriors are coming off of two straight games scoring exactly 137 points and have very quietly begun a winning streak of their own, winning two in a row and three of their last four games.
Curry is finally getting some help from his supporting cast as Draymond Green is back from injury. Kelly Oubre Jr. and Andrew Wiggins are both averaging 15+ points a game in that four-game span.
Draymond Green had a very lackluster return to the court as he had just one point, three rebounds, and eight assists on restricted minutes. But just his presence alone was enough to help Curry create shot opportunities for himself and his teammates as he went for 62 points against the Trail Blazers.
Lakers or Clippers the Show in Los Angeles?
The Clippers have won four of their last five games, all while George out-produces Leonard. George has outscored Leonard in three of the past four games averaging 21 points per game in that span.
The Clippers’ other starters besides the two superstars have all stepped up, too, with the departure of Montrezl Harrell, who went to the Lakers in the offseason.
Free-agent signee Nick Batum has been a great source of points when needed, but their biggest problem is arguably the greatest sixth man of all time. Lou Williams is struggling to start the year, averaging less than 10 points and failing to hit 20 points so far this season. Centers Ivica Zubac and Serge Ibaka are forces on the defensive end, which helps make up for the lack of offensive production.
Warriors at Clippers Odds & Lines
The odds are set at Clippers -0.5. The Clippers moneyline is at -108, with the over/under set at 230.
The Clippers have been the favorites in every game this season except for the very first game against their arena roommate Lakers. They’ve covered the spread in four of their seven games, and they allowed the Suns to backdoor cover on Sunday.
The Warriors haven’t been favored in any game this season, but they’ve covered four of the seven spreads this season.
Free Betting Pick
The pick here is the Clippers -0.5. The lack of Klay Thompson will be evident when going up against the top teams in the league.