Update: Leonard and George are in for the Clippers, while Powell is questionable. Andrew Wiggins has been ruled out with a finger injury for Golden State. The line has now shifted to Warriors -3.5, and the total sits at 227.5. I still like LA +3.5 as the ATS pick and the over on 227.5.
The Los Angeles Clippers (8-9) will enter the second night of a back-to-back set Thursday when they meet the Golden State Warriors (8-10) in the Bay Area. Both teams have not gotten off to strong starts this season, and are hoping a win here can propel them to better results as the calendar is about to flip to December.
We’ll see if Kawhi Leonard and Paul George continue to play both games on back-to-backs. Norman Powell left Wednesday’s contest with a knee injury and might be sidelined tonight. For the Warriors, Gary Payton II is out with a calf injury and Chris Paul will be out with a leg issue.
The Warriors are 5-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook, with the total coming in at 228. Golden State is -205 on the moneyline while Los Angeles is +170.
Clippers vs. Warriors, 10 p.m. ET
Pick ATS: Clippers +5
The Clippers are 1-1 ATS on no rest, and 1-2 ATS with a rest disadvantage. These teams split their four meetings a season ago, but LA has a new look with James Harden now in the fold. The Warriors have been abysmal at home this season, going 3-6 straight up at Chase Center. Golden State is the worst team in the league at home from a betting view, sporting a 1-8 ATS mark. As long as Leonard and George suit up again, take the Clippers to cover tonight.
Over/Under: Over 228
Three of the four games a season ago went over this line. Even though the Clippers are just 5-11-1 to the over, the Warriors are 10-8 to the over. LA is slightly better on the over as the road team with a 4-5 mark, while Golden State is 5-4 to the over. The Warriors have gone over in five of their last six, while the Clippers just snapped a streak of eight unders with an over Wednesday. It’ll be close, but the over is the safer play in this one as long as Leonard and George take the floor.