NBA Basketball: Golden State Warriors VS Los Angeles Clippers Pick and Predictions 03/15/2023
Game: 10:10 PM ET, Wednesday, March 15th, 2023
Venue: Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, California
Warriors: 36-33, 5th place Western Conference
Clippers: 36-33, 6th place Western Conference
Opening NBA odds at USA Sportsbooks
BetMGM: Point Spread: Clippers -2.5, O/U 237.5
PointsBet: Point Spread: Clippers -2.5, O/U 237.5
Fanduel: Point Spread: Clippers -2.5, O/U 237
Warriors: PG Stephen Curry, SG Klay Thompson, SF Donte DiViincenzo, PF DRaymond Green, C Kevon Looney
Clippers: PG Russell Westbrook, SG Paul George, SF Kawhi Leonard, PF Marcus Morris SR, C Ivica Zubac
A Western Conference duel between two teams that will either find a second gear and exhilarate their fans or not find it.. And disappoint everyone watching. These are two very good rosters. Both however so far seem better on paper than they do in action. Both have suffered critical injuries that has made it hard to judge their wins and losses to this point. Neither shows any signs of remaining healthy enough to make a strong run… The main difference is that the Golden State Warriors are defending Champions… while the Los Angeles Clippers are a joke played on sports fans going back 50 years. The Golden State Warriors are currently missing SF Andrew Wiggins who was a key part to the Championship last year. They still have PG Steph Curry, SG Klay Thompson, and PF Draymond Green that were all key parts to multiple Championships over the last decade. The Los Angeles Clippers are currently without bench superman SG/SF Norman Powell. They still have SF Kawhi Leonard and SG Paul George… and for some freaky reason they added the defensively insufficient PG Russell Westbrook? On paper they may be the best team ever assembled. On the court they are a walking rehab unit that is bound to lose an important piece before during or after any single game. The Great betting opportunity in this one is literally found in who is at home and who is on the road?
The Golden State Warriors are on the road where they are terrible. They have won 7 of their last 10 games. They went 7-3 ATS during that stretch. Covering in every win and not covering in any loss. They were favorites in every game except 1. In their last game they beat the Phoenix Suns (without Kevin Durant) 123 -112. They got 38 points from sweet shooting SG Klay Thompson, 23 points from PG Steph Curry, and 20 points from young bench stud SG Jordan Poole. They tend to win with great shooting and lose with a few missed shots. Their defense has not been as good as it once was this season, BUT hitting 3-pointers covers all of that up.
The Los Angeles Clippers have won only 5 of their last 10 games. A .500 finish every ten games will do nothing for them… they need to win. In their last game they beat the New York Knicks 106-95… In that game they got 38 points from SF Kawhi Leonard, 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists from SG Paul George… and 10 points from bench guard Eric Gordon who is breathing freely after being stuck on the Rockets for the last several seasons. The Clippers have depth but in a game where Leonard and George go off?... They don’t need to rely on it.
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Golden State Warriors VS Los Angeles Clippers Prediction
Our prediction for Wednesday, March 15th is…. Clippers 119 - Warriors 109
Bet on the Clippers. The Warriors are terrible on the road. They feel like a team that could flip a switch and make a run… but not on the road where they are no better than several lottery teams.
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NBA Betting Trends
The Warriors are 1-6 ATS as a road underdog of 6 points or less this season.
The Warriors are 8-24 ATS in road games this season.
The Clippers are 8 OVER and 0 UNDER revenging a straight up loss versus an opponent this season.
Players To Watch
Warriors: SG Klay Thompson. This future Hall of Famer still has bullets in the gun. He can and does hit shots. His defense is not what it was before he missed two seasons with a broken knee… but as an old man he is not embarrassing himself in the scoring department.
Clippers: SG Paul George. Paul can do it all… except be the best player on the team. For that he defers to Kawhi Leonard. That has always been the problem for this former MVP candidate. Clipper fans would very much like Paul to “take over” and force Kawhi to play a team game.. Like he does.
Warriors: Steve “lord of the rings” Kerr
Clippers: Tye “LeBron gave me a ring and a career” Lue