Golden State Warriors (19-18) at Los Angeles Clippers (24-14)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Staples Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -7 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Golden State Warriors invade the Staples Center to battle the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.
The Golden State Warriors have been in a bit of a rut lately as they’ve lost five of their last eight games and they will be hoping to snap a three-game slide after getting thrashed by the Suns in a 120-98 road loss on Thursday. Jordan Poole led the team with 26 points on 10 of 16 shooting off the bench, Andrew Wiggins added 16 points while James Wiseman chipped in with 11 points and 11 rebounds. As a team, the Warriors shot just 43 percent from the field and 12 of 35 from the 3-point line as they fell behind by double-digits in the first quarter, before getting blown out in the second half where they scored just 47 points as they struggled without Stephen Curry and Kelly Oubre Jr who were both out injured.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers stumbled their way into the All-Star break as they lost four of their last five games and will now be hoping to snap a three-game skid after falling just short to the Wizards in a 119-117 road loss on Thursday. Kawhi Leonard led the team with 22 points, Patrick Beverley added 17 points while Lou Williams chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Clippers shot 46 percent from the field and 16 of 35 from the 3-point line, but they just had no answer for the Wizards’ Bradley Beal who torched them for 33 points. Paul George sat out the game with dizziness while Marcus Morris sat out with concussion.
Looking at the betting trends, the Warriors are 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team above .600. The Clippers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record, 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 games playing on three or more days’ rest and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the over is 15-7 in the last 22 meetings overall and the Warriors are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Los Angeles.
James Wiseman is a chance to miss this one after missing a COVID-19 test during the All-Star break, so the Warriors could once again be shorthanded in the frontcourt here. The Clippers are just about at full strength, but they have really fallen off the pace lately, so they’re suddenly in need of a win to get their season back on track. The Warriors are a chance to pull off the upset if Curry can get going, but I think the Clippers are going to swarm him and keep him quiet enough to get the much-needed win and cover here.