Warriors vs. Clippers Free Pick 12/07/16 – NBA TV, Odds & Predictions
The 18-3 Golden State Wariors will visit the 16-6 Los Angeles Clippers for the first clash of the season between these two Pacific Division rivals. The game has a 10:30 PM ET start and will be broadcast on ESPN, CSN Bay Area (Golden State) and Prime Ticket (Los Angeles).
It should be an interesting game where we’ll see the team with the best offensive efficiency (the number of points a team scores per 100 possessions) in the Warriors at 115.4 going up against the team with the best defensive efficiency (the number of points a team allows per 100 possessions).
Golden State opened as a 3.5-point favorite at market-setting sportsbooks like 5Dimes and Pinnacle, but early money have moved the spread to Warriors -4. The total has moved one point from 223 to 224.
Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors hit the road again following a 4-1 homestand. The lone loss during that stretch was a 132-127 overtime loss to Houston and they closed it out in style by defeating the Pacers 142-106 on Monday. Klay Thompson was the star of the show as he poured in a career-high 60 points on 21-of-33 shooting in 29 minutes before sitting out the entire fourth quarter.
The Warriors 120.2 points per game is in a class of itself in the NBA this season while their 106.4 points per game allowed is good for just 21st place in the NBA. With sharp shooters like Steph Curry and Klay Thompson it’s not surprising to see the Warriors making 50.3 percent of their field goal attempts.
The Warriors are 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game but just 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine when taking on a team with a winning % above .600. Over is 7-2 in the Warriors last nine vs. Western Conference foes.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers closed out November with three consecutive losses but rebounded back at the start of the new month with back-to-back wins at Cleveland and New Orleans.
They opened a four-game homestand with a disappointing 111-102 loss to Indiana on Saturday as they recorded more turnovers (20) than assists (19). All-Star forward Blake Griffin was one of few Clippers’ players to leave the floor with his head held high as he recorded 24 points and 16 rebounds to make it three straight double-doubles.
The Clippers average 108.7 points per game which rank them sixth in the NBA while holding teams to 99.1 points per game on the defensive end of the court, a number that ranks sixth in the league.
LA is 6-2 ATS in its last eight games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 but a disappointing 0-4 ATS in its last four home games. Over is 6-0 in the Clippers last six against Western Conference teams.
Our Pick: Warriors -4
Golden State swept the four-game series in 2015-16 and took the last six from Los Angeles. The home team is 15-7 ATS in the last 22 meetings while the over is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings at Staples Center.