The Golden State Warriors beat the LA Lakers on Wednesday. The Lakers surprised the LA Clippers on Tuesday. So it figures the Warriors will come up trumps over the Clips tonight, right?
Los Angeles’ current top dogs were sub-par against their city rivals in the season opener with their bench the biggest culprit. They were out-scored 76-34 by the Lakers reserves, an unsatisfactory return given the expensive offseason additions of Darren Collison and JJ Redick. And in giving up 116 points, it was not the kind of defensive performance which coach Doc Rivers expects to become one of their trademarks.
They’ll need more to halt Golden State, who crushed the Lakers 125-94 with Klay Thompson piling in 38 points. The third-year shooting guard is averaging over 18 per night in his last five meetings with the Clippers. Although Stephen Curry and Jamal Crawford both made hay against their California rivals last term, the Warriors took the season series 3-1.
It figures to be a statement game for LA, even at this early stage, but Golden States are an attractive +6 on the handicap at 1.91. With all guns blazing, go over the total points line of 203 at 1.91.
Another team which drew a blank in their seasonal debut was the Chicago Bulls but they’ll bid to profit from home advantage to get off the mark when they welcome the New York Knicks.
Derrick Rose is 1.78 to make the All-NBA First Team but it may take a few months before we see him at his very best following a year out. That could leave the Bulls relying on defence to grind out wins, pointing to the match staying under the total points line of 189, available at 1.91.
Carmelo Anthony can expect a swarm of resistance in his path after he scored 43 in an overtime win for the Knicks last April. However, with it being so early in the season, and with neither team in full flow, back New York to keep it tight on the handicap of +8.
Go over the total points line of 203 in Clippers-Warriors at 1.91
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