The Los Angeles Clippers were steamrolled by Golden State just five nights ago and will look to rise from that embarrassment when they host the Warriors on Thursday. Clippers coach Doc Rivers had the players watch the entire replay of the game Monday to remind them how badly they were whipped in the 144-98 defeat.
Golden State shot 62 percent from the field and made 17 3-pointers Saturday while defeating Los Angeles for the eighth consecutive time. Point guard Stephen Curry scored 43 points and made nine 3-pointers versus Los Angles and he was solid again Wednesday when he drained 11 3-pointers while scoring 39 points during a 126-111 victory over the Charlotte Hornets. The Clippers bounced back from their trouncing by posting a 124-114 road win over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. Forward Blake Griffin produced 29 points on 10-of-14 shooting against Phoenix in his third game since returning from knee surgery.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
LINE HISTORY: The Warriors opened as 8-point road favorites and the line has yet to move as of Thursday morning. The total hit the board at 226 and has been bet up one full point to 227. Check out the complete line history here.
WHAT SHARPS SAY: “After annihilating the Clippers just days ago, the Clippers will attempt to put forth a better effort on their home floor. Having defeated the Suns last night this is a back to back scenario for the Clippers. Can they put forth the same offense they did last night against the Suns against a Warriors team clicking on all cylinders?” – Covers Expert Zack Cimini
WHAT BOOKS SAY: “We opened this afternoon Warriors -8 and took a little bit of smart money on the road team. If the wiseguys don’t get involved to a great extent this could balloon quickly as the public will be on Golden State because of its recent thrashing of L.A. as well as the Clippers’ recent
slide without Paul.” – Scott Cooley from BookMaker.eu
Warriors – SG Shaun Livingston (Questionable, back), PF David West (Questionable, back), C Zaza Pachulia (Mid February, shoulder)
Clippers – PG Chris Paul (Mid March, thumb), PF Brice Johnson (Out indefinitely, back)
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Warriors (-15.2) – Clippers (-8.3) + home court (-3) = Warriors -3.9
ABOUT THE WARRIORS (42-7 SU, 22-25-2 ATS, 21-28 O/U): Curry’s latest huge performance came in front of his father, Dell, the former NBA sharpshooter who is part of the Hornets’ broadcasting crew. He was 11-of-15 from behind the arc and is a scorching 26-of-42 over his past three games, an accuracy rate that impresses small forward Kevin Durant. “He’s shooting 3s like guys shoot 2s,” Durant said after Wednesday’s win. “He’s got it going right now. We have to continue to feed him and continue to play off him.”
ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (31-18 SU, 24-25 ATS, 28-12 O/U): Griffin matched his season best for points against the Suns and Los Angeles will be counting on him again with point guard Chris Paul (thumb) slated to miss his seventh straight contest. He is 19-of-28 shooting over the past two games and guard Jamal Crawford sees Griffin soon regaining his stature as one of top players in the league. “Blake is dynamic. He’s unbelievable,” Crawford said after the Phoenix game. “That’s why when he’s out there playing, he’s always in the MVP conversation. There is a top bar of guys in the NBA and he’s on that top shelf.”
* Warriors are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest.
* Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Pacific.
* Clippers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
* Under is 8-0 in Warriors last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
* Under is 4-1 in Clippers last 5 home games.
* Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles.
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COVERS CONSENSUS: 61 percent of Covers users are siding with the road favorite Warriors and Over is picking up 66 percent of the totals wagers. View full consensus data here.