Golden State (12-0) at LA Clippers (6-4)
When: Thursday, November 19th 2015
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Time: 10:35 ET | TV: TNT
Pacific Division rivals Golden State and the L.A. Clippers meet for the second time this season on Thursday night on TNT. The Warriors, off to a 12-0 start, got their stiffest test of the season when they beat the Clippers 112-108 on November 4th. In that game, Stephen Curry scored 31 points, hit 7-of-11 three-pointers, and did not commit a turnover. The Warriors looked a little sloppy on Tuesday night against Toronto. They jumped out to a 16-point halftime lead before holding off the Raptors 115-110. Curry committed a season-high seven turnovers in that game, but hit a go-ahead 3-pointer down the stretch to seal the win. Curry might be getting all the hype, but this is a solid all-around team offensively and defensively. One of those key players is Draymond Green. The Michigan State grad is having his best season to date averaging 12.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 6.9 assists per game. He had a triple-double in Saturday’s win over Brooklyn. This team is #1 in points, FG%, and 3-point percentage and show no signs of slowing down.
The Clippers loss to Golden State earlier this month started a streak of 4 losses in five games before they beat a road-weary Pistons team 101-96 on Saturday. All-Star point guard Chris Paul suffered a groin injury late in the loss at Golden State and is still feeling the effects. Paul sat out three of the last five games – going 6-of-21 from the floor in the two that he played in. Jamal Crawford got a start on Saturday and poured in a season-high 37 points, eight assists and six rebounds. He played 20:00 at Golden State and was held to 4-of-15 shooting. The Clippers can keep up with the Warriors in the paint, but their 3-point shooting is one of the worst in the league. The Clippers defense ranks 24th in points allowed and they’re outrebounded by almost 5 a game.
Chris Paul looks very doubtful for this game as the Clippers are in no rush to bring him back less than 100% even though they’re playing the Warriors. I don’t see his replacement Crawford having the kind of game he had on Saturday. This could be a close game for 3 quarters, but in the end, I think Golden State wins and covers.
Pick: Golden State -6.5