In this all-Western showdown, two teams with different goals for the season are clashing, when the Los Angeles Clippers (17-20), who are fighting for the 8th and final playoff spot of the conference, are hosting the defending champions Golden State Warriors (31-8), who want to extend another winning streak.
Date/Time: 01-06-2018, 15:30 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Clippers +7
Clippers have a 17-20 record (20-16-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 9th place of the West. In their last game they saw a four-game winning streak getting snapped by losing at home against the Thunder with a 117-127 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Blake Griffin with 23.6 ppg, adding 7.7 rebounds and a team high 5.3 assists per game. He is followed by Lou Williams with 21.8 ppg and 4.9 assists per game.
Warriors have a 31-8 record (18-21 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the first place of the West. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Rockets with a 124-114 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Stephen Curry with 27.1 ppg, adding 5.2 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game. He is followed by Kevin Durant with 25.9 ppg and 7.1 rebounds per game but he is out with an injury.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Warriors won on the road with a 113-141 score. Clippers are 10-8 at home so far this season, while Warriors are 16-3 on the road. Warriors are better both offensively, scoring a league-best 115.6 ppg to Clippers’ 106 and defensively, allowing 106 ppg to Clippers’ 106.3. Warriors also lead the league both in field goal percentage, shooting with 50.9% to Clippers’ 45.6% and in 3-point percentage, shooting with 39.1% to Clippers’ 35.4% and in assists made, with 30.8 to Clippers’ 21.1. Clippers are only better in turnovers committed (14.8 to 16). Clippers are playing much better lately but they don’t pose a threat to the Warriors even at their home court. Vegas odds give Warriors a -7 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road victory today.
Golden State Warriors vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction: Golden State Warriors -7 (-111)
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