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Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 12/23/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Clippers (18-13) at Golden State Warriors (21-11)
Date & Time Sunday December 23, 2018, 8:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Golden State Warriors -10.5 -- Over/Under: 231.5
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NBA | Los Angeles Clippers (18-13) at Golden State Warriors (21-11)
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The Los Angeles Clippers invade the Oracle Arena to battle the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night.

The Los Angeles Clippers have been in a bit of a rut as they’ve lost five of their last nine games but they will be gunning for a third straight victory after last night’s 132-111 home win over the Nuggets. Danilo Gallinari and Tobias Harris led the team with 21 points each, Montrezl Harrell provided the spark off the bench with 20 points on nine of 11 shooting in just 19 minutes of action while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander chipped in with 14 points and six assists. As a team, the Clippers shot a sizzling 57 percent from the field and 10 of 20 from the 3-point line as they poured on 103 points in the first three quarters to put the game to bed early. With the win, Los Angeles improved to 18-13 on the season and 10-4 at home.

Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors have been in decent form as they’ve won six of their past eight games but they will be looking to bounce back after falling to the Jazz in a 108-103 road loss on Wednesday. Stephen Curry led the way with 32 points on 12 of 21 shooting, Kevin Durant added 30 points on 10 of 23 shooting while Klay Thompson chipped in with 12 points on three of 12 shooting but no other player scored more than eight points. As a team, the Warriors shot just 40 percent from the field and 10 of 31 from the 3-point line but they just couldn’t gain control of the game after the Jazz took over in the third quarter. With the loss, Golden State dropped to 21-11 on the season and 8-8 on the road.  

Looking at the betting trends, the Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team above .600, 5-2 ATS in their last seven games playing on zero days rest and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall. The Warriors are 9-19 ATS in their last 28 Sunday games, 2-9 ATS in their last 11 against the Western Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.

Head to head, the over is 8-0 in the last eight meetings, the road team is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings and the Clippers are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in Golden State.

The Clippers haven’t been at their best lately, but they were impressive in last night’s dominant home win over the Nuggets. The Warriors have yet to hit top gear but they had won six of seven before falling to the Jazz in a narrow loss on Wednesday. These two squads last met on Nov 12 and it was the Clippers who won by 121-116 in overtime, but it will be tough to replicate that effort on zero days’ rest. With that being said, I’m going with the Warriors to exact revenge here, but this just seems like too many free points for the Clippers so I’m taking the free points in this one.

Pick:
Los Angeles +10.5

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