- The Golden State Warriors are a 6-point favorite vs the LA Clippers on Monday
- Golden State is 2-0 versus LA this season, with both games going under the total
- Read below for odds, analysis and a betting prediction
A night after hosting the Super Bowl, the city of Los Angeles will be treated to more star power on Monday (Feb. 14). That’s because the Golden State Warriors are in town to visit the Clippers, and the Splash Bros are starting to look like the dynamic duo of old lately.
Steph Curry is in the MVP conversation once again, while Klay Thompson is finally healthy. The Warriors enter play 4.5 games back of first-place Phoenix in the West, but still boast the league’s second-best record.
The Clippers meanwhile, currently sit 8th in the conference, a game and a half ahead of the Lakers.
Warriors vs Clippers Odds
|Golden State Warriors||-255||-6 (-110)||O 222.5 (-110)|
|Los Angeles Clippers||+205||+6 (-106)||U 222.5 (-110)|
Odds as of Feb. 13th at FanDuel.
Golden State opened up as a 6-point favorite, in a game that features a total of 222.5. Tip-off is scheduled for just after 10:30pm ET at the crypto.com Arena, which took over the naming rights from Staples Center this past weekend.
Golden State Warriors Betting Analysis
It was vintage Klay Thompson in the Warriors last game, as he splashed 33 points in a 117-115 win over the Lakers. Thompson scored 16 of his 33 points in the 4th quarter, his most in a single quarter since 2018.
Klay Thompson had his best game of the season with 33 points in the Warriors win over the Lakers.
16 of those points came in the fourth quarter alone 🔥
Klay is really back 🙌 pic.twitter.com/114qHw3wnb
— Blue Wire (@bluewirepods) February 13, 2022
It was Thompson’s 14th game back since returning from knee and Achilles injuries, and he’s slowly had his minutes restriction increased to 30. His partner in crime Curry had an off night from downtown, shooting just 1-for-8 from three, but still managed 24 points and 8 assists.
On the injury front, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green both sat out, and will miss Monday’s game as well. Iguodala is dealing with a back issue, while Green isn’t expected to return until after the All-Star Break because of a back injury of his own.
Since Draymond went down, the Warriors are 12-6 with the 15th best Offense, 6th best Defense and 7th best Net pic.twitter.com/R9Mdq7jqKU
— sam esfandiari (@samesfandiari) February 12, 2022
Golden State enters play ranked number one in defensive rating, and number two in NET rating. They’re allowing just 103.2 points per contest, and lead the league in opponent field goal percentage.
The Warriors are 2-0 versus the Clippers this season, and have allowed an average of just 101.5 points per meeting.
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Los Angeles Clippers Betting Analysis
The Clippers snapped a three-game losing streak last time out, taking down Dallas 99-97. It was the second consecutive meeting between the teams, and LA avenged a 7 point loss from two nights earlier. Reggie Jackson led the way offensively with 24 points, while Terance Mann added 21 points and 9 rebounds.
📊 21 PTS | 60.0 % FG | 50.0 % 3FG | 9 REB
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) February 14, 2022
The Clippers had one of their better shooting performances of the season, knocking down 52.4% of their looks. They enter play ranked 26th in offensive rating, while averaging the sixth fewest points per game.
Injury wise, Normal Powell sat out against the Mavericks with a toe injury. He’s out indefinitely after just joining the team four games ago via trade with Portland. Paul George remains out and won’t return until after the All-Star Break at the earliest, while Luke Kennard is questionable due to ankle soreness.
Warriors vs Clippers Pick
You’d think that LA’s below average offense would lead to plenty of low scoring games, but that hasn’t been the case recently. The over is actually 5-1 in the Clippers’ last six outings, and 10-3-1 in their past 14 contests.
Despite the recent tendency for their games to go over, the under in this matchup represents strong value. The Warriors defense is suffocating, and this team doesn’t play at the same pace we were accustom to seeing a few years ago. Golden State is tied for 14th in pace, and rank 13th in possessions per game this season.
The under is 33-22-2 in Warriors’ contests, and 20-12-2 in matchups versus Western Conference opponents. In two games against the Clippers this season the under is 2-0, failing to eclipse the total by an average of 10.5 points per contest.
Pick: Under 222.5 (-110)
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