The Los Angeles Clippers and the Golden State Warriors hate each other, and they will have another chance to go at it this Thursday at 10:30 PM ET at ORACLE Arena.
On Christmas Day, these two teams ended up with players expelled and a close victory by the Warriors.
“It’s not a rivalry. We don’t have bad blood,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson. “In this league, when you’re competing, and teams are getting after it, and you’re jockeying for playoff position in your same division, it makes it exciting. We embrace it. They embrace it.”
Blake Griffin was one of the players ejected on that game. “Hopefully we can get Blake to play the whole game,” Clippers center DeAndre Jordan said. “It tends to get a little chippy, but I like that.”
The Clippers have won 12 of the last 15 games they have played, but perhaps their visit to Oracle Arena is the most difficult in that stretch.
“It’s two teams trying to get back to that (playoff) level and get further, so whenever you play against each other that intensity kicks in,” said Warriors point guard Stephen Curry.
The NBA betting odds have the Warriors as 5 point favorites while the game total is at 211 points.
The LA Clippers are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games when playing on the road against Golden State, and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games when playing on the road against the Warriors.