NBA Pick: LA Clippers at Golden State Warriors
LA Clippers at Golden State Warriors
Date/Time: December 25, 10:30 p.m. EST
NBA Basketball Betting Odds from Bovada
The NBA has taken over the holidays as they have one again delivered on Christmas Day with a great schedule of top caliber teams dueling during the holidays. One of those games that stand out from the rest is the last game of the day featuring the Los Angeles Clippers against the Golden State Warriors. Both of these teams come into this game with high aspirations and this could be a sneak peek of the Western Conference Finals this season.
The Clippers have had an up and down start to the season but that can be expected as the team had a makeover in the offseason by bringing in a new head coach in Doc Rivers. Rivers preaches to his players that they should play hard for the entire game and that is starting to show as the Clippers are gelling as a team.
This was extremely evident in their last game as they defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves in overtime. The Clippers trailed by four points with 18 seconds left and by two with 13.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter. However they played hard and managed to force overtime and get a big win on the season. Now they will have to refocus and get ready for the Christmas Day tussle against the Golden State Warriors where they have struggled to cash in of late. The Clippers are 1-6 against the spread (ATS) in the last 7 meetings in Golden State, but they do have some positive wagering angles in this game. The Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 against the Western Conference, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss against the spread and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Meanwhile the Golden State Warriors enter this game with a bevy of negative trends. The Warriors are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games when playing a team with a winning straight up record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games when they are playing a team with a winning road record.
With Andre Iguodala back from an extended absence due to a hamstring injury, the Warriors have moved forward Harrison Barnes back to the bench. Through two games, he has not responded well to the lineup change, as he is shooting just 3 of 11 after Thursday’s 104-102 loss to the Spurs. The Warriors are still adjusting the lineup and that will cause some problems against the Clippers on Christmas day.
Free Pick: LA Clippers
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