GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (41-24)
at LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (45-20)
Tip-off: Wednesday, 10:35 p.m. ET
Line: Los Angeles -6.5, Total: 211
Two surging teams, the Warriors and Clippers, meet on Wednesday night in an effort to extend their already lengthy win streaks.
Golden State has been hit-or-miss this season with periods of both long winning streaks and times of poor play. But the club is rolling right now with five wins in a row (4-1 ATS) and a 5-2 mark (SU and ATS) in its past seven road games. On Tuesday night, the Warriors defeated the Mavericks with ease, running up the score to 108-85 as 5.5-point home favorites. They held Dallas to just 36.6% FG while connecting on 51.2% of their shot attempts. L.A. has been the hottest team in the league over the past few weeks, and has been victorious in its past eight contests (6-2 ATS). The club's 112-105 win over Phoenix on Monday night also marked its fourth straight game of shooting the ball at better than 51% FG, as it made 43 of its 78 attempts (55.1% FG). As a road team this year, the Warriors are one of the best in the NBA, going 20-14 SU while sporting a 19-15 ATS record. On the other hand, Los Angeles is an incredible 27-5 SU at home but is only 16-16 ATS. This will be the final meeting in the regular season between these two clubs as they have already met three times on the season, with Golden State coming away victorious in two of the three meetings, but the Clippers holding the 2-1 ATS edge. The Warriors put forth their best effort in the last meeting at home on Jan. 30, defeating L.A. by a score of 111-92 as six-point favorites while shooting 50% from the floor and outrebounding the Clippers by 19 (53-34). PG Chris Paul did not play in that game though, as he was out with a shoulder injury. Going back three seasons, Golden State also holds the edge in this series with a 7-4 record (SU and ATS). Each team has some nice betting trends coming into this game, with the Warriors going 48-30 ATS (62%) as road underdogs over the past three seasons, and L.A producing a solid 47-29 ATS mark (62%) in the past three seasons versus up-tempo teams averaging at least 83 FG attempts per game. The only notable injuries in this game are on Los Angeles’ side of the ball, with PGs Chris Paul (groin) and Darren Collison (groin) both probable, SF Jared Dudley (back) questionable, SG Jamal Crawford (calf) listed as doubtful and SG J.J. Redick (hip) out indefinitely.
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The Warriors are one of the biggest offensive threats in the game as they use both their lethal three-point shooting and inside game to defeat their opponent. They have scored 103.6 PPG (10th in NBA) this season while making 37.7% threes (5th in league). Over their five-game winning streak they have tallied 107.6 PPG (50% FG) while holding their opponents to a mere 94.6 PPG (42% FG). On the season, their defense ranks eighth in the NBA, giving up 98.5 PPG. Although PG Stephen Curry (23.3 PPG, 8.6 APG, 1.6 SPG) has made a league-high 199 three-pointers this season, he is coming off a poor performance in his most recent game on Tuesday, scoring only 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting while adding four assists against the Mavericks. He has been stellar against the Clippers in three games this season though, averaging 25.0 PPG (54% FG) and 9.0 APG while making 15-of-24 (63%) of his shots from behind the arc. PF David Lee (18.5 PPG, 9.6 RPG) also did not have his best game against the Mavericks (6 points, 11 rebounds) and is not quite the consistent performer that he has been in the past. His 22.3 PPG (56% FG) and 9.7 RPG against Los Angeles this season are a big reason Golden State can clinch a series victory on Wednesday night. SG Klay Thompson (17.8 PPG, 41% threes) has made 10 of his past 21 three-point attempts, and is third in the NBA with 174 made threes this season. Over 11 career games (8 starts) against the Clippers, Thompson has netted 14.5 PPG (42% FG) while shooting 42% from behind the arc.
The Clippers have put up 115.0 PPG (53% FG) over their past five games, with this recent tear taking their offense to the top of the league in scoring (107.8 PPG). They also rank third in the NBA in shooting at 47.6% FG. The Los Angeles defense holds its own as well, allowing 100.8 PPG on the season (15th in league), but has given up 103.1 PPG (45% FG) over 12 divisional contests. Despite his sore groin, PG Chris Paul (18.6 PPG, 11.0 APG, 2.4 SPG) has three straight double-doubles coming into this one, and has scored a robust 34.0 PPG (53% FG) while dishing out 13.0 APG and grabbing 3.0 SPG in the two meetings with Golden State this season. Over his 28 career games against the Warriors, his numbers are a slightly lower, yet still spectacular 23.6 PPG, 9.9 APG and 2.3 SPG. PF Blake Griffin (24.4 PPG, 9.6 RPG) scored 37 points on 14-of-16 shooting while adding six rebounds in the win over the Suns on Monday night and has been one of the most consistent performers in the NBA this season with 23 straight games of scoring at least 20 points (27.8 PPG on 57% FG during streak). He has also averaged a double-double in 15 career games against the Warriors, scoring 22.0 PPG (54% FG) and grabbing 10.1 RPG. C DeAndre Jordan (10.2 PPG) is the league-leader in rebounding (14.0 RPG) and shooting (66.3% FG), while ranking fourth in blocks (2.4 BPG). He has had plenty of success over three games against Golden State this season, averaging 10.3 PPG (63% FG), 16.7 RPG and 2.7 BPG.