The blue hot Golden State Warriors host the undefeated Los Angeles Clippers tonight at Oracle Arena. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. PST and will be featured as the second game of an ESPN double header. Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy will make the call along with J.A. Adande (which is surprising because I thought Mark Jackson would be excited for replica ring night). Although Adande is an L.A native he appeared on 95.7 The Game this morning and gave high praise to interim head coach Luke Walton and the always intimidating fans that fill Oracle Arena. If you prefer to listen to the sweet pipes of Jim Barnett and Bob Fitzgerald the game will also be broadcasted live on CSN Bay Area.
Last Time Out
The Clippers (4-0) overcame a first half deficit in their last game against the Suns (2-2) by rallying back in the second half for a 102-96 victory in Los Angeles. Blake Griffin led the way with 22 points and 10 rebounds. The Warriors (4-0) absolutely mauled the Grizzlies in their last game as they handed Memphis their worst loss in franchise history. The Warriors have the largest point differential (+100) by any team through the first four games in NBA history. If you have graduated from the third grade you will know that the Dubs are
beating destroying teams by an average of 25 points per game.
According to BetOnline the Warriors (-350) are seven and a half point favorites over the visiting Clippers (+290). The over/under total is set at 219.5 points. Lets check out some betting trends provided by OddShark.com.
Lets take a look at my picks from Monday's game against Memphis:
Lets turn our attention back to tonight's game:
In my own biased opinion, this is the marquee match-up in the NBA this season. It is one of the few (if not the only) true rivalries that exist in the buddy-buddy NBA of today. The Warriors are currently riding a 20 game home regular season winning streak. The Clippers have not won inside Oracle Arena during the regular season since December 25th, 2011 when LA beat Golden State by a score of 105-86. The Dubs (119 PPG) and the Clips (108 PPG) are first and fourth respectively in points per game this season. But this will be Los Angeles' first game against a top tier defensive team such as Golden State. I expect this game to be physical and set the tone for the season series.
Here are my picks for tonight's game: