LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (33-15)
at GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (27-19)
Tip-off: Thursday, 10:35 p.m. ET
Line: Golden State -5.5, Total: 212.5
The Clippers look to continue their hot play when they travel North to Oakland to visit the Warriors on Thursday night.
Los Angeles has not missed a beat with its best player, PG Chris Paul, sidelined with an injury, going 10-3 SU (7-6 ATS) with a 5-2 (SU and ATS) road record without him. The Clippers came home from a seven-game road trip on Wednesday night to take on the Wizards, winning their fourth straight game by a 110-103 score, but failing to cover the nine-point spread. L.A. allowed Washington to amass 10 steals and shoot 51.1% from the field, but it outshot the Wizards 40% to 14% from three-point range while knocking down 32-of-42 free throws (76%) compared to Washington's 10-of-17 clip (59%) from the charity stripe. Golden State has won only three of its past nine contests SU (2-7 ATS) after an unbelievable 10-game winning streak, and is coming off a poor performance against the Wizards on Tuesday night. The Warriors were eight-point favorites in the home game, but ended up losing to Washington by a score of 88-85 while shooting only 37.5% from the field. The Clippers have been very profitable on the road this season, as they have gone 17-9 ATS (65%, 5th-best in NBA) and 14-12 SU. But Golden State has been the opposite at home, going only 7-13-1 ATS (35%, tied for 6th-worst in league) despite a strong 13-8 SU mark. These two teams split the first two matchups they had this season with the home team winning SU in each and L.A. covering the spread in both. Golden State has had a slight advantage over the past three seasons in this series, going 6-4 (SU and ATS) with the Over occurring in each of the past seven meetings. However, the Clippers are a dreadful 2-14 SU (4-12 ATS) in their past 16 trips to Oakland. Los Angeles has been very good versus winning teams this season, going 16-7 ATS (70%) while the Warriors are 58-41 ATS (59%) after one or more consecutive losses under the guidance of head coach Mark Jackson. Other than Chris Paul, there are no significant injuries for either team.
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The Clippers have been on fire offensively over their four-game win streak, racking up 115.5 PPG on 53% FG and 52% threes. They are now second in the NBA in scoring at 106.3 PPG, while making 46.9% FG (6th in league). They have totaled 109+ points in each of their past nine victories. Without Paul in the lineup, their defense has been up and down, but has given up only 101.3 PPG in his 13 games out compared to 100.1 PPG over the entire season. L.A. has done a nice job of contesting shots all season, allowing just 44.4% FG (7th in NBA) and a league-best 32.9% threes. PF Blake Griffin (22.9 PPG, 9.8 RPG) has scored 19+ points in 11 straight games, posting 26.6 PPG (57% FG), 7.6 RPG and 4.7 APG during this stretch. On Wednesday night, Griffin made 12-of-20 shots and finished with 29 points, nine boards and four assists. He has done quite well against the Warriors in two games so far this season (21.5 PPG, 12.0 RPG) and has averaged 21.6 PPG (54% FG) to go along with 10.6 RPG over 14 career games against them. SG Jamal Crawford (18.1 PPG, 3.1 APG) has continued to be the biggest offensive reserve in the NBA and is scoring 24.9 PPG (44% threes) with 4.1 APG over his past eight contests. Crawford has 14.8 PPG (35% threes) in 25 career games versus Golden State, including 18.0 PPG (46% FG) in the two meetings them this season. SG J.J. Redick (16.5 PPG, 39% threes) is enjoying a career high in scoring and has made 45% of his threes in 10 games since returning from injury including making 12-of-19 from deep (63%) over the past four games. He had 17 points (3-of-7 threes) and five rebounds in his one game against Golden State this season, which puts his career averages in this series at 10.9 PPG (51% threes) and 2.9 APG in 11 games.
Golden State has been very inconsistent on offense all year as season, as the club relies heavily on the three-ball to score points. Although the Warriors rank third in the NBA in made three-pointers (9.4 per game) and second in long-range accuracy (38.5% threes), they are averaging just 103.6 PPG (11th in NBA) for the season, and only 99.8 PPG over their past five games. The Warriors have been great on defense lately though, giving up only 97.2 PPG over their past five games while holding opponents under 39.0% FG in three of them. For the season, Golden State allows 99.4 PPG (11th in league) while limiting teams to 43.3% FG (4th in NBA). PG Stephen Curry (24.1 PPG, 9.2 APG, 4.5 RPG, 1.9 SPG) has been red-hot, averaging 30.5 PPG (50% FG, 44% threes), 9.2 APG and 2.3 SPG over his past six contests. He has posted a double-double in both meetings with the Clips this season (26.5 PPG, 10.0 APG), and has scored 19.2 PPG (47% FG, 49% threes) while dishing out 6.1 APG over 17 career games against them. PF David Lee (19.0 PPG, 9.8 RPG) has just three double-doubles in his past nine games (18.9 PPG, 8.7 RPG), and is coming off a poor 11-point, 5-rebound performance in Tuesday's loss to Washington. Since joining the Warriors, Lee has played 13 games against L.A., averaging 16.9 PPG (48% FG) and 10.2 RPG, which includes 22.5 PPG (51% FG) and 9.0 RPG in two games this season. SG Klay Thompson (18.9 PPG, 41% threes) has made only 7-of-22 threes (32%) over his past three games, but has shot much better in 10 career games versus L.A. with 14.3 PPG on 43% threes.