Clippers vs. Warriors - 12/25/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Golden State Warriors (23-4) at Los Angeles Clippers (19-10)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -3 -- Over/Under: 216.5 See the Latest Odds
The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers square off Christmas night at the STAPLES Center.
The Golden State Warriors have split their last four games and are coming off a tough loss to the Lakers. On the season, the Warriors are averaging 108.1 points on 48.1 percent shooting and are allowing 98.7 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Stephen Curry is averaging 23.4 points and 7.7 assists while Klay Thompson is averaging 21.6 points and 3.5 rebounds. Draymond Green is grabbing 7.9 rebounds and Harrison Barnes is shooting 51.4 percent from the field. The Golden State Warriors continue to be an offensive machine, as they’re averaging 114.6 points on 38.7 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. And while the Warriors have been automatic for much of the season, three of their four losses have come on the road, which includes back-to-back road losses.
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The Los Angeles Clippers have lost three of their last four games and have yet to look like a playoff contender. On the season, the Clippers are averaging 106.8 points on 47.6 percent shooting and are allowing 101.3 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Blake Griffin is averaging 23.1 points and 7.7 rebounds while Chris Paul is averaging 18.1 points and 9.7 assists. Jamal Crawford is shooting 41.4 percent from the field and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 13.4 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers lack of defense continues to be the main issue, as they’re allowing teams to shoot 50.5 percent from the field and 40.7 percent from three in their last five games. The Clippers have lost five of their last seven games when allowing 100-plus points. This game will give us a better idea of who the Clippers really are, especially with 11 of their 19 wins coming at home.
The Warriors are 22-8 ATS in their last 30 vs. Western Conference and 27-11 ATS in their last 38 games overall. The Clippers are 6-15 ATS in their last 21 vs. Western Conference and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Warriors are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings overall.
The onldy advantage the Clippers have in this game is the home court. The Warriors are by far the better basketball team and is somehow the underdog. You guys know I'm all about value, which is why I'm saying forget the points and taking Golden State and the ML.