Clippers vs. Warriors Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jan 06, 2021

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The Warriors dynasty might be over, but someone forgot to tell Steph Curry. Curry scored a career-high 62 points against Portland on Sunday.

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January 06, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
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Golden State
39-33
Pointspread -5.5 -115
Moneyline -210
Over / Under o +231

77%

Betting Action

23%

Pointspread +5.5 -105
Moneyline +175
Over / Under u +231

77%

Betting Action

23%

The energy level will be a big factor for the Clippers as tip-off for this game will be less than 24 hours after they walked off the court in L.A. following a loss to the Spurs.  The Clippers blanked Golden State last year, winning all three meetings between these teams, and L.A. is once again the favourite for this game.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The Warriors never came close to figuring out the Clippers, last season. The closest Golden State came to taking down L.A.’s “other team” was a nine-point loss in January, ultimately losing all three meetings, although the teams have split the last 10 meetings evenly, at five games apiece.

The Clippers have been stronger on the road, this year, picking up three of their five wins away from the Staple Center. Dating back to last season, L.A. is 14-4 ATS in their last 18 games on the road, including 3-1 ATS in four road games, this year.

Despite the loss of Klay Thompson for the season, any team Steph Curry is on is a threat with the deep ball. The Warriors have hit the over in seven of their last 10 games and four of their last five games against L.A., but they’ve only managed to hit it in four of seven games, this season.

Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers have had a bit of and up-and-down season, but with a duo like Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, it’s hard not to count them as one of the best teams in the NBA. Even without Paul George against San Antonio on Tuesday, the Clippers played well and put up a 40-point third quarter, before falling just short in the 116-113 loss. Leonard, who is averaging 23.3 points per game this year, had a game-high 30 points, while Nicolas Batum stepped up in George’s absence and put up 21 points with Patrick Beverley adding 20 points.

George sat out Tuesday’s game with an ankle injury and is listed as questionable, although it’s unlikely he would return before the second game of this two-game series. George has been the Clippers best player this season, averaging 25.1 points per game, 5.7 rebounds and 5.1 assists. With players like Beverley, Batum, Serge Ibaka and three-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year winner Lou Williams, the Clippers are a deep team, with or without George.

Golden State Warriors

Steph Curry followed up his career-high 62-point game against the Trail Blazers on Sunday, with a 30-point performance in Golden State’s 137-106 win over Sacramento on Monday, the Warriors’ fourth win in their last five games. Curry is second in league scoring, averaging 32 points per game, largely due to the return of Draymond Green from a foot injury. Curry is shooting 56.1 per cent from the field and 47.8 per cent from beyond the arc with Green on the floor and 42.6 per cent and 32.8 per cent respectively, with Green out of the lineup.

The Warriors are averaging more points per game than L.A., (116.4 for Golden State, 111.9 for L.A.), but their defence is killing them. Golden State gives up an average of 121.1 points per game, which is dead last in the 30-team league. The Warriors are great in a shootout, but as soon as their offence is shutdown, teams feast on their weak defenders.

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