Golden State Warriors vs Los Angeles Clippers: Predictions, Odds and Head-to-Head

How to Watch

Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

When: Friday, January 18th, 10:30 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): ESPN, NBC Sports Bay Area, Fox Sports Prime Ticket | AM 570 LA Sports, 95.7 The Game

Golden State Warriors (Away)

Head Coach: Steve Kerr {All-Time 294-77 | GSW}

The Golden State Warriors are at it again this season. Despite a slew of injuries, they are second in the Western Conference and just half a game back from the leading Denver Nuggets.

The Warriors have been on a tear as of late, posting an 8-2 record in their last ten matches. Possibly more exciting for the Warriors and their fans is the fact that this ay be the first match they will see DeMarcus Cousins play in a Warriors uniform.

The Los Angeles Clippers are a capable team. After splitting the first two games of the season series, the Warriors will want to get a leg up on their Los Angeles rivals in order to help secure a tie-breaker should a late-season nail-biter occur.

Los Angeles Clippers (Home)

Head Coach: Doc Rivers {All-Time 870-643 | ORL, BOS, LAC}

The Los Angeles Clippers are having a wonderful season. Thought to be a wash and a rebuilding season, the are currently sixth in the Western Conference and a danger to any team that faces off with them.

The Clippers have been a force at home and have absolutely dominated their division. At 14-8 at home and 7-1 against their division, no California based team has had as much success at home as they have.

That home court advantage will need to help in force against the Warriors, who after splitting the season series to this point will want revenge. For the Clippers, a win would give them the tiebreaker in the event that the two teams are tied at the end of the season.

What’s At Stake?

A divisional series continues as the Golden State Warriors take on the Los Angeles Clippers. In 152 regular season meetings, the Golden State Warriors lead the season series 89-63.

A win for the Golden State Warriors would bring them to number one in the Western Conference table, should the Denver Nuggets’ record remain unchanged or they gain a loss.

The Clippers are sixth in the West, effectively tied for the position with the San Antonio Spurs. A win would give them sole possession of sixth.

Questions to answer

Can the Warriors take care of the ball?

Will the Clippers also be able to take care of the ball?

We are going to compare the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers in an attempt to see who has the advantage in this matchup.

The Warriors are 27th in Turnover Percentage

The Golden State Warriors lay at a breakneck pace. Every player on the court has the ability to rebound the ball and push it up the court themselves. In the half court they are able to share the ball or go to one of their many options for an isolation play.

Where the Warriors struggle is taking care of the ball. While passing is paramount in today’s NBA, the Warriors move the ball so much that the inevitability of turnovers occurs. Most representative of that style of play is that not a single Warriors player has an average assisted three-point field goal percentage of less than 53%.

A product of their flowing offence is turnovers. While that can be overcome with diligence, Steve Kerr has the players that can overcome two points off of a turnover with a three on the other end. But if the Clippers can take advantage of that, it may be a tough night for the Warriors.

The Clippers are 30th in Turnover Percentage

The Los Angeles Clippers have an incredible amount of capable isolation players. Lou Williams, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Tobias Harris to name a few. Each one of them score at will from the inside and on their own to the note of a assisted field-goal percentage of less than 34% for each of them.

With that one-on-one nature of the players though, the Clippers open themselves up to turnovers. Disciplined defences are able to force the Clippers into bad shots or difficult pass outs in one-on-one situtations. While the assist rate on three-point attempts for the Clippers is high, it’s a dangerous game to play when hoping for a bailout.

If the Clippers can challenge the Warriors enough on the defensive end to force switches into smart kick-outs, the Clippers may have a safe night. But with the sheer length of the Warriors on defence, it may take a more concentrated effort for the Clippers to find success.

Los Angeles Clippers Roster Notes

F Luc Mbah a Moute – Out (Knee) – Mbah a Moute was listed as OUT for Saturday’s (Jan. 12) game against the Clippers.

Golden State Warriors Roster Notes

C DeMarcus Cousins – Out (Achilles) – Cousins is hoping to return to action on either Jan. 18 or Jan. 21, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

C Damian Jones – Out For Season (Torn Left Pectoral) – The Warriors announced that Jones had surgery on his torn left pectoral muscle. He’s expected to start rehab in six weeks. There is no timetable for his return.

Head-to-Head: Kevin Durant vs Tobias Harris

Kevin Durant

Small Forward | 6-9, 240lb (206cm, 108kg) | Texas | Exp. 12 Years

28.2 PPG | 6.1 APG | 7.3 RPG | 0.8 SPG | 1.1 BPG | 3.3 TOV | .506 FG% | .371 3P%

Tobias Harris

Small/Power Forward | 6-9, 235lb (206cm, 106kg) | Tennessee | Exp. 8 Years

20.8 PPG | 2.2 APG | 8.1 RPG | 0.8 SPG | 0.4 BPG | 2.0 TOV | .502 FG% | .433 3P%

Kevin Durant and Tobias Harris are two high-scoring forwards in the Western Conference. They each have their own unique skillset that complements the composition of their team. Both the Warriors and Clippers will be relying on their offensive output to stay competitive in this hotly contested matchup.

Kevin Durant is Kevin Durant. He is still one of the most capable scores in the NBA but his ability to step back from the primary role is what has made him stick in San Francisco. Both of Durant’s assist and rebound numbers have increased from their averages last year in an attempt to allow more even production. But never forget that KD is a scorer and in a pinch he’s more likely to make it than miss it.

Tobias Harris is pushing for an all-star berth this year. Leading his team in scoring and making valuable contributions on the glass, Harris is doing his utmost to ensure his squads success. With the defence of the Warriors, Harris may have to take a different approach to getting his points. Offensive rebounds, scoring off of cuts or screens, Harris can’t afford to discriminate against his scoring opportunities.

Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers Predictions and Odds

The odds makers have the Golden State Warriors favoured over the Los Angeles Clippers by 6, with an over/under of 110.