Los Angeles At Golden State Spread, Pick & TV Info
Each team in the NBA tends to have a different feeling about the All-Star Break depending on how they are playing in any given season. A team that is on a losing skid or which has a few players carrying injuries might welcome a few days off. Other teams, usually those on a good winning run, will not be so happy to see the break come around, as there is always the worry that they won’t be able to get back into the stride that they had hit in the days leading up to the All-Star festivities. One team that falls into the latter category is the LA Clippers. They had been going through a bit of a rough patch in prior weeks, but were starting to roll heading into the break, reeling off 4 straight wins and moving up to 4th in the Western Conference. They will be looking to recapture that for when the second half begins, but have the unenviable task of starting back with a game on the road versus the Golden State Warriors. Find the updated NBA betting lines here.
Here’s A Closer Look At The Clippers At Warriors Spread, Pick & TV Info
When: Thursday, February 23 at 10:30 PM EST
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland
Radio: KLAC and KGMZ
Live Stream: Watch NBA
NBA Odds: TBA
Why bet on the LA Clippers
The Clippers did a nice job of digging themselves out of a rut in the final 4 games before the break. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of their 4-game winning streak was that they started to play much better on the defensive side of the court. This is a team that is giving up a little over 104 PPG, but who somehow managed to hold the Hawks and the Jazz to 84 and 72 points, respectively, in the final 2 games before the break. The Clippers also saw their high-scoring offense tail off in both of those games, but this team appears to be better when they are not trying to cover up their defensive frailties by needing to rack up big points.
Why bet on the Golden State Warriors
What can you say about the Golden State Warriors that hasn’t already been written countless times this season? The Dubs are showing no sign of a hangover after blowing the NBA Finals last year, and in fact are starting to look like a team on a mission. There doesn’t appear to be as much pressure on this team as there was last season when they were chasing history, and it is showing in the way that they ae playing. Golden State are 8-2 in their last 10 games, and have beaten the Clippers in each of their last 9 regular season meetings, including their 3 previous match-ups this season.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
No matter how well the Clippers play on defense on Thursday night, they are just not going to be able to stop the Warriors. I like Golden State to extend their superiority over their Clippers to 10 straight games.