Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors Prediction, NBA Odds

Andrew Rogers | Updated Oct 21, 2021

After Golden State's statement win against the Lakers, they'll be looking for a repeat performance against the Clippers in their home opener Thursday night.

October 21, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
Chase Center

Fresh off a stunning win over the Los Angeles Lakers, the Golden State Warriors look to complete a City of Angels sweep as they host the L.A. Clippers in a marquee Thursday night matchup. Steph Curry’s triple-double led the Warriors to a come-from-behind win over the LeBron James-led Lakers, and the Warriors are modest favourites to complete the sweep against a Clippers team missing one of the best players in the league.

Golden State is a 3-point favourite to win on the NBA odds, with a total of 226.

Clippers vs. Warriors NBA Betting Odds

The Warriors come in as 3-point favourites in what should be a raucous home opener at Chase Center – and based on how they finished the 2020-21 season at home, that might be a generous spread in favour of the Clippers. Golden State comes in having gone 6-1 ATS in its previous seven games in San Francisco, and bettors are buying in: 84 per cent of Sports Interaction participants are taking the home team minus the points.

The slant on the total of 226 is just as pronounced, with 83 per cent of the SIA betting public taking the Over at -110. The Clippers wrapped up the 2020-21 season with Overs in four of their final five games, but will be missing several key contributors in this one – most notably Kawhi Leonard, who is out indefinitely with a knee injury. The Warriors are also trending toward the Over, having gone 6-2 O/U in their previous eight games.

Los Angeles Clippers

Two years ago, it was Leonard who was tasked with carrying the Clippers through the early stretch of the season with Paul George sidelined. Now, George will have to handle the bulk of the scoring load as Leonard recovers – and Kawhi isn’t the only notable player sidelined for this one. Big man Serge Ibaka has been ruled out with a back injury, while versatile swingman Nic Batum is also out due to personal reasons.

Golden State Warriors

The best players in the world can cause havoc even if their shots aren’t falling – and that’s exactly what Curry did in a 121-114 win over the host Lakers on Opening Night. Curry shot just 5-for-21 from the field (including a 2-for-8 showing from long range) but made up for it by going 9-for-9 from the free-throw line, finishing with 21 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds. The 33-year-old star averaged just 21.3 points in three meetings with the Clippers last season.

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