- Go to BetOnline or Bovada for the latest odds on the Clippers vs Warriors matchup.
- Kawhi Leonard is averaging 31 points per game in his past seven contests
- The Western Conference showdown tips off from Crypto.com Arena at 10:00pm ET on Wednesday, March 15th
Golden State (36-33) and Los Angeles (36-33) are tied for fifth in a bunched up Western Conference where nine teams are separated by just four wins. Stephen Curry’s Warriors are coming off victories against the Bucks and Suns while Kawhi Leonard’s Clippers are riding a three-game unbeaten streak.
Before we break down Wednesday night’s matchup, check out our guide to betting on the 2023 NBA Finals and our tips for betting on the NBA.
Clippers vs Warriors
|Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Golden State Warriors||+2.5 (-110)||+118||Ov 234.5 (-110)|
|Los Angeles Clippers||-2.5 (-110)||-138||Un 234.5 (-110)|
Curry heating up
Golden State defeated the Suns 123-112 on Monday for their eighth-consecutive home victory. It was their first win against Phoenix in four games this season. After bullying his way past Chris Paul for a layup bucket, Steph Curry chirped the veteran point guard, saying, “This ain’t 2014 no more.”
The two-time MVP also starred in a triumph over the Bucks on Saturday, scoring 22 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. With Curry finally healthy, are the Warriors poised to make a run at their fifth championship in nine seasons? If that’s the case, GS will need to improve their miserable 7-26 road record.
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Kawhi comes alive
Kawhi Leonard led his Clippers to a 106-95 win over the Knicks on Saturday with 38 points. The two-time NBA Finals MVP has been in peak form of late, averaging 31 points in his past seven contests.
Riding a three-game home winning streak, Los Angeles needs a victory over Golden State on Wednesday to even the season series at two games a piece. Otherwise, they’ll lose a tiebreaker with the Warriors if they remained locked in the standings at the end of the year.
Los Angeles vs Golden State
Los Angeles is a 2.5-point home favorite on Wednesday night. The Clippers were only a .500 team at Crypto.com Arena until a recent three-game win streak bumped their record up to 18-15. Against the spread at home, they’re still just 15-18 (45.5%). As mentioned earlier, the Warriors are a putrid 7-26 away from home in 2022-23. And, at 8-24 (25%), Steve Kerr’s club is the worst team in the NBA at covering on the road.
The over/under is set at 234.5 total points. Golden State games go OVER at the third-highest rate (57.6%) in the league. And the OVER is hitting at an incredible 74.2% (23-8-1) when Curry and company are away from home. However, LAC home games have an even higher UNDER mark at 75.8% (8-25-0), so it’s hard to say whether offense or defense wins out in this one.
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— Clippers Nation (@ClipperNationCP) March 3, 2023
Every game is crucial down the stretch for the Clippers and Warriors as falling any further than the No. 6 seed would land them in the NBA Play-In Tournament.
While Golden State’s recent Ws over the Bucks and Suns might seem impressive on the surface, both Giannis and Kevin Durant did not play for their respective teams. We like LAC to extend their home win streak to four games against a Golden State squad that’s been far from a road warrior.
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