In this all-Western showdown, two teams that were playoff contenders last season are clashing tonight, when the defending champions and leaders of the conference Golden State Warriors (33-8), looking to extend another winning streak, are hosting the Los Angeles Clippers (18-21), who want to continue on the winning ways.
Date/Time: 01-10-2018, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Golden State Warriors -13
Warriors have a 33-8 record (19-21-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the first place of the West. They have five consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Nuggets with a 124-114 score. They are led in scoring by Stephen Curry with 27.9 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, while Klay Thompson adds 20.7 ppg.
Clippers have an 18-21 record (20-18-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 9th place of the West. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against the Hawks with a 108-107 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Blake Griffin with 22.8 ppg, adding 7.5 rebounds and a team high 5.2 assists per game. He is followed by Lou Williams with 22.2 ppg and 4.9 assists per game.
Warriors have won both previous meetings against the Clippers, both on the road by an average of 22 points. Warriors are 16-5 at home so far this season, while Clippers are 7-12 on the road. Warriors are better both offensively, scoring a league-best 116 ppg to Clippers’ 106.1 and defensively, allowing 106.1 ppg to Clippers’ 106.7. Warriors also lead the league both in field goal percentage, shooting with 50.8% to Clippers’ 45.5% and in 3-point percentage, shooting with 39% to Clippers’ 35.5% and in assists made, with 30.9 to Clippers’ 20.9. Clippers are only better in turnovers committed (14.9 to 16). Clippers don’t pose a threat to the defending champions this season and Vegas odds give Warriors a -13 spread which they are expected to beat easily for the home victory tonight.
Los Angeles Clippers vs Golden State Warriors Prediction: Golden State Warriors -13 (-109)
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