LA Clippers (4-0) at Golden State (4-0)
When: Wednesday, November 4th 2015
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
Time: 10:35 ET | TV: ESPN
The first of four matchups this season between two teams who don’t like each other, takes place tonight in Oakland, California as the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors host the Los Angeles Clippers. The Warriors were 3-1 against the Clippers last year and some L.A. players think the Warriors got lucky by not having to play them in the playoffs. Golden State is out to prove that last year was no fluke as they have started out with a convincing 4-0 mark. They are averaging an NBA best 119 points a game in their four blowout wins and have the best field goal and 3-point percentages in the league as well. Golden State has outscored its first four opponents – all of which were Western Conference playoff teams last season, by a total of 100 points. They really have picked up were they left off last year. Stephen Curry leads all Warriors with a 37.0 points per game average while shooting 59.5% from the field. Golden State C Andrew Bogut has not played since the opener and remains day-to-day with a concussion.
The Clippers have started out hot as well wining all four of their games. After an opening night win in Sacramento, the Clippers returned home to beat the Suns, Mavericks, and Kings again to set up tonight’s matchup of undefeated Pacific Division rivals. Blake Griffin has been at the front of several battles with the Warriors over the past few seasons and leads his team tonight. Griffin is averaging 29.5 points on 62.2 percent shooting and 9.3 rebounds during Los Angeles’ hot start and is benefiting from an improved bench that now includes Paul Pierce and Josh Smith helping to take some of the pressure off in the frontcourt. Griffin has even improved at the free-throw line, where he is connecting at a 74.3-percent clip. The Clippers are not far behind Golden State offensively averaging 107.8 points per game on 48% shooting. They are however, among the worst shooting 3-point teams in the league at 27.7%.
Golden State is going to play this one like a playoff game and probably come out shooting well. The public is going to be all over the Warriors in this one, but eight points is too much for me to swallow against a solid Clippers team. I’ll take the points.
Pick: Clippers +8