Date/Time: October 31st, 10:30 p.m. ET
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Point Spread: Clippers -6.5
It’s already starting to feel like the Golden State Warriors are going to be able to step it up this year and challenge for the Pacific Division title. They take on the favorites to win the division, the Los Angeles Clippers in the second half of the TNT doubleheader on Thursday night.
Golden State came out of the blocks with guns blazing last night, taking down the Los Angeles Lakers 125-94. It was another massive offensive explosion for Golden State, which had 96 points on the board through three quarters of play. We do have to remember that the Lakers had played the night prior (against these Clippers), and it was expected that they were going to end up coming out a little flat. G Klay Thompson is already putting on a David Ortiz type of show. He went 15-for-19 from the field last night and knocked down five three-pointers to tally 38 points to lead the way. The strangest part about that game on the opening night of the season? G Stephen Curry, who many believed was set to have a great start to the year, only scored 10 points and played just 24 minutes. Some of that might have been on purpose though, as Head Coach Mark Jackson knew that that was the opening game of a back-to-back, and there was little doubt that this was a game that was in hand by halftime.
The Clippers didn’t look anything like the team that we were expecting to start off the season. They also played against the Lakers, but they looked like the old Clips and not the new Clips in that game. Head Coach Doc Rivers promised a more defensive-minded approach to the season, but that certainly didn’t happen. The Lake Show put up 116 points sans-Kobe Bryant. The offense for the Clippers ended up shooting the ball 83 times, which is far more than what Rivers would like to see on a nightly basis. Turning the ball over 16 times certainly didn’t help matters. Five players scored in double figures, but it’s not the fantasy basketball numbers that Rivers cares about. It’s the fact that his team was outscored 41-24 in the fourth quarter of a game which it was leading by two buckets going into the final stanza that made the difference.
The fact of the matter is that it’s now turnabout fair play on Golden State. The Warriors could be the better of these two teams, but we really don’t think so, and judging these two off of their one game against the same team isn’t fair yet. It’s Golden State’s turn to play two games in two nights with the travel from Oakland to LA in the middle, and this time around, it will be the Warriors that end up really struggling in this game. Expect to see a blowout in favor of the hosts, as the Clip Joint gets back on track. Los Angeles 105 – Golden State 89
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