The Golden State Warriors (10-13) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Clippers (13-10) on Thursday, December 14th. This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena. The Clippers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Warriors are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Kings. Tip-off is set for 10:30 ET.
Warriors vs Clippers
The Warriors Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Golden State’s most recently played the Suns and lost with a final score of 119-116. As the second half got underway, the Warriors were leading by a score of 56-53.
Looking at the Warriors’ last five games, they are 2-3 and have an overall record of 10-13. In the Western Conference, they are 11th and are 5th in the Pacific division.
Golden State’s ATS record is currently below .500 at 9-13 for the season. Currently, the Warriors are on a three game ATS win streak when they are underdogs, and they are 3-10 vs. the spread as favorites.
The Clippers Are Coming Off A Win
The Clippers clinched a 119-99 win over the Kings in their previous game. Heading into the second half, the Clippers were leading 70-48.
As they prepare to take on the Warriors, the Clippers are aiming to stay above .500. Their overall record is 13-10, with a 9-3 mark at home and going 4-7 on the road.
Los Angeles comes in with an overall ATS record of 10-13 so far this season. The Clippers maintain an ATS record of 4-7 on the road, while they have a 6-6 record vs. the spread when playing at home.
Warriors Offense Breakdown
Heading into play, the Warriors’ offense is rated 11th in the league in scoring, averaging 115.6 points per contest. So far, Golden State is averaging 100.1 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Even though the unit has one of the lower effective field goal percentages in the NBA at 53%. Their up-tempo style of play has given them enough opportunites to make up for their poor shooting numbers.
Clippers Offense Breakdown
Los Angeles has recorded an average of 114.1 points per game (15th) throughout 23 games games. So far, the Clippers are averaging 98 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. This deliberate style of basketball has played a role in the unit ranking just 15th in made shots per game.
Warriors Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Warriors defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 47.8% of their games. Currently, they are 20th in the NBA at 115.3 points per game allowed.
Golden State’s defense is currently forcing 15.3 turnovers per game, which is 27th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 28th in blocked shots, with an average of 3.3 rejections per game.
Clippers Team Defense
In the current season, the Clippers defense has excelled, sitting 5th in the NBA by allowing 109.3 points per game.
When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Clippers squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 51.9% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 34.7% from downtown.
Key Players For The Warriors And Clippers
For today’s matchup, we project Stephen Curry to lead the scoring for the Warriors, putting up 20 points and shooting at a rate of 7/14. For the season, he has been averaging 29.1 points per game, in addition to 5 rebounds.
As for Los Angeles, Kawhi Leonard is projected to be the primary scorer for the Clippers. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 18, and adding 5 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 50.3% and is averaging 23.3 points per contest.
Warriors vs Clippers Trends
- In their last ten games away from home, the Warriors have a straight up record of 3-7 while going 6-4 vs. the spread. The team averaged 120 points per game in this stretch.
- Across the Clippers last ten home games, the team averaged 114 points per game while allowing 113. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 4-6, while going 4-6 straight-up.
- Through their last three games as the betting underdog, the Warriors have a strong record vs the spread going 3-0. Their straight up mark in these contests is 0-3.
- Through their last five games as the favorite, the Clippers have an ATS record of 3-2 and a straight up mark of 5-0.
Entering the game as underdogs with a spread of +6.5, the Warriors is our point spread pick. Our projections not only see them covering the spread but also indicate a solid chance of an outright victory. This is a good choice for those looking for a higher moneyline payout.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 232 and our model has the Warriors and Clippers finishing with a combined 219 points. Our pick is to take the under.
All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!
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