Clippers to prevent Warriors from logging tenth straight win Tuesday night on TNT
By Mike Rose of North Shore Sports, INC
People bet on basketball across the globe and BookMaker customers can be prepared for the action by reading every NBA preview. Start cramming your cranium with hoops knowledge and start cashing NBA odds today! The contest pitting the Golden State Warriors versus the Los Angeles Clippers will commence Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at 10:30 p.m. ET at Staples Center. The contest will be broadcast nationally on TNT.
The Golden State Warriors ( 56-13, 40-28-1 ATS ) will shoot for the tenth straight win and eighth straight pointspread cover on Tuesday night when they invade Tinseltown looking to win the regular season series against the hated Clippers ( 49-25, 34-40 ATS ).
But Los Angeles currently finds itself in a prolonged win streak of its own after coming out on the right side of the scoreboard in seven straight ( 5-2 ATS ). As locked in as both squads currently are, this is certainly one of those rare regular season NBA games that must be witnessed.
The home team has been favored each of the last four times these Western Conference powerhouses locked horns. To date, the host has sent its wagering supporters back to the window victorious twice.
Golden State has been favored in each of its last three road games. They went on to smash and cover the spread against the Trail Blazers, Grizzlies, and Bucks in those contests. That said, the Dubs have dropped each of their last two road games when dogged and stand 3-3 SU and ATS when dogged on the road for the year.
The Clippers will return home from a successful three-game road trip that saw them cover each game with ease against the Knicks, 76ers, and Celtics. LA’s last home defeat came back on March 15 when they dropped a tough 100-98 decision to the Rockets as 5-point favorites. For the year coach Doc Rivers’ men check in 27-10 SU and 16-21 ATS as hosts.
For the most part, each team comes in relatively healthy after star players for both sides were singled out by the injury bug earlier in the season.
Unfortunately for the Clippers, they will once again be without a major cog off the bench in the form of Jamal Crawford who continues to nurse a right calf injury that’s seen him miss each of the last 13 games; LA’s 9-4 SU and 8-5 ATS during that stretch.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“Our offensive execution is amazing and our defense has held teams to 16- and 18-point quarters,” Paul said. “With Blake back, he makes us that much more dangerous and you have to pick your poison.” – Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul on the team’s recent dominance that’s allowed for the current winning streak.
– Golden State checks in a money-making 16-7 its last 23 games played within the division.
– Los Angeles has covered six of the last eight times it hosted this rivalry.
– The ‘over’ is 8-2 the last 10 times these rivals locked horns in the Staples Center.
92.1 PPG: This is the amount of points head coach Steve Kerr’s men have conceded in their last seven games. On paper, the Warriors rank out No. 1 in points scored and shooting from in front of and behind the arc. But what’s allowed Golden State to be such an NBA bettor’s dream this season is the way in which it goes about its business defensively. They’re allowing 98.9 points per game and own the most efficient defense in the league.
53%: This was the Clippers average shooting percentage in their last three games. Now granted, the opposition wasn’t the greatest, but with a healthy Blake Griffin now back in the fold, the Clippers are firing on all cylinders offensively in hopes of bettering their standing in the Western Conference NBA playoff picture.
ANALYSIS AND PREDICTION
The home team has won each of the last seven confrontations between these squads, and I firmly expect that trend to ring true once this one’s said and done. Golden State has absolutely nothing left to play for in the regular season with it already capturing 60 wins and locking up the top overall seed in the West.
The Clippers on the other hand have much to do over the course of the next few weeks with their playoff seeding still in doubt. Coach Rivers would love nothing more than to at the very least jump into the No. 3 or 4 seed so as to own home court advantage in at least one playoff series; they’re currently in the fifth slot.
The Warriors have already elected to start giving some of their star players time off just to make sure they’re healthy and ready to go for a deep playoff run. It wouldn’t be shocking if either of the “Splash Brothers” elected to sit this one out, or was at least benched in the second half.
LA has been playing at an extremely high level with Griffin logging some mileage since returning from injury, and they simply have more to play for. Look for the home team to move to an emphatic 8-2 ATS in the teams L/10 meetings with LA likely pouring it on in the second half.
Los Angeles 115, Golden State 95
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