The Los Angeles Clippers are still searching for their win No. 1 with Russell Westbrook. Will they finally get that one this Friday when they go up against the streaking Golden State Warriors? Or, will Golden State make the Clippers think more about whether it was right for them to trade for Westbrook?
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Away: Los Angeles Clippers (33-31/18-16 Away)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Russell Westbrook
- SG: Paul George
- SF: Kawhi Leonard
- PF: Marcus Morris Sr.
- C: Ivica Zubac
Whether Russell Westbrook is the problem or not for the Clippers, LA has to start finding a solution to its issues. The Clippers are 0-3 SU since acquiring Westbrook, as they just got torched by the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday at home, 108-101. There’s no need to sound the alarm bells yet for the Clippers, though.
With Paul George and Kawhi Leonard both healthy, the Clippers remain very much capable of downing any team that crosses its path, including the Warriors, which lost to LA the last time these two sides met. The Clippers trampled Golden State, 134-124, at home last February, with Leonard erupting for 33 points and George chipping in 20 more. So far this season, Leonard and George are averaging 23.0 (50 FG%) and 23.5 points (46.2 FG%) per game, respectively. The Clippers also still have Norman Powell, who can get away with plenty of scoring chances with all the focus that Kawhi and PG3 attract.
The Clippers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games.
Home: Golden State Warriors (32-30/25-7 Home)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Jordan Poole
- SG: Klay Thompson
- SF: Donte DiVincenzo
- PF: Draymond Green
- C: Kevon Looney
The Warriors are moving in the opposite direction of the Clippers, as they the Stephen Curry-less defending NBA champs have won their third game in a row after humbling Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday at home, 123-105. Playing at home is always a big plus for any team, but especially so for the Warriors, as they have one of the best SU and ATS records as the home team.
On top of its 25-7 record in the Bay Area this season, Golden State is also 20-11-1 ATS in games at Chase Center. Moreover, the Warriors have won in each of the last four times they were visited by the Clippers, going 3-1 ATS as well in those games. Even without Curry, the Warriors continue to show up with a lethal offense that has averaged 116.6 points per 100 possessions in the last five games – seventh-best in the league in that same span.
Spread: The Warriors (+3.0) cover the spread.
Over/Under: The total (231.5) hits the Over.