Date/Time: 12-23-2018, 20:30 EDT
Spread: Golden State Warriors -10
In this all-Western showdown between two teams sitting on the top-5 places of the conference, the Los Angeles Clippers, who have won their last two games, are visiting the defending champions Golden State Warriors, who have lost only once in their last four.
Clippers are 19-13 so far in the league and are sitting on the fifth place of the Western Conference. They won their last two games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Denver at home, 132-111. Warriors are 22-11 so far in the league and are tied with Oklahoma City on the 2nd place of the Western Conference. They are 3-1 in their last 4 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Dallas at home, 120-116.
Top Basketball BookmakersLA are led in scoring by Tobias Harris 21.3 ppg. He also leads the team in rebounding with 8.2 per game, while Danilo Gallinari follows with 19.5 ppg, adding 5.9 rebounds per game. Lou Williams adds 17.1 ppg off the bench. Golden State are led in scoring by Kevin Durant with 28.8 ppg, He also adds 6.1 assists and leads the team in rebounding with 7.7 per game, while Stephen Curry follows with 28.6 ppg, adding 5.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. Klay Thompson adds 21.8 ppg and 4.3 rebounds.
This will be the second matchup between those two teams so far this season, with LA having won the previous one at home by 5 points in overtime. Golden State are 14-3 at home, while LA are 8-9 on the road. Golden State have both a better offense with 115.6 ppg to LA’s 115.2 ppg and a better defense, allowing 110.6 ppg to LA’s 114.2. They also have a better accuracy both from the field, shooting with 48.5% to LA’s 47.4% and from behind the arc, shooting with 38.5% to LA’s 37.4%. Warriors also dish more assists per game (27.8 to 22.6), while LA commit fewer turnovers (14.2 to 14.6) and both squads grab almost the same number of rebounds per game (46 to 45.8). Clippers don’t pose a threat in Golden State and expect the defending champions to get away with an easy win by more than 10 points.
Los Angeles Clippers vs Golden State Warriors Prediction: Golden State Warriors -10 (-110)