The Los Angeles Clippers open up their 2021-22 campaign with a trip to the Bay Area. The Golden State Warriors are waiting for the Clippers at the Chase Center. Golden State opened their season with a 121-114 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday at the Staples Center. It was an impressive showing for the Wariors, and they didn’t need Stephen Curry to go off.
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) October 21, 2021
The fact that Curry scored 21 points and the Warriors still won by 7 points was the most impressive feat from the win. That said, Curry’s performance did not go unnoticed, as the guy recorded a triple-double with 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Jordan Poole got my attention, as he put in 20 points and 3 assists. Then Damion Lee and Nemanja Bjelica can’t go unnoticed off the bench.
Lee scored 15 points, while Bjelica chipped in with 15 points of his own. Bjelica might be the x-factor of the Warriors off the bench. He can be the spark plug that the team didn’t have a season ago. The Serb scored just 5 points per game last season, but played only 11 games with the Miami Heat. He had more of an impact with the Kings in his three seasons in Sacramento.
The Warriors will look for more on Thursday night against the other team from LA. They will go for the LA sweep against the Kawhi-less Clippers. Kawhi Leonard is recovering from a partially torn ACL. He hopes to return to the court this season, and most important for the playoffs. There is no timetable or idea of when he’s returning, though.
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) October 21, 2021
The Clippers are going to need Leonard to get over the hump in the Western Conference. That’s not saying they can’t be a good team and win a lot of games with Paul George leading the ship. The Clippers still have a solid roster despite no Leonard. Along with Leonard, Serge Ibaka is on the shelf with a back injury.
Ibaka has been dealing with a bad back for a while now. This isn’t anything new, but his loss hurts as well. He is missing the season opener, and it isn’t clear when he’ll be back in the lineup. The Warriors are without the services of Klay Thompson for tonight and the foreseeable future. They got great work from the supporting cast in the opener, though. Head below for our free Clippers vs. Warriors pick on October 21, 2021.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors Live Odds and Betting History:
The following odds are courtesy of BetUS:
|LA Clippers||+3.5 (-110)||+140||Over 229 (-110)|
|Golden State Warriors||-3.5 (-110)||-160||Under 229 (-110)|
|Team Data||LA Clippers||Golden State Warriors|
|Points Per Game||0.0||121|
|Points Against Per Game||0.0||114|
|Field Goal %||0.0||44.1|
|Three Point %||0.0||35.9|
Clippers vs. Warriors Prediction:
The Warriors sliced through the Lakers’ defense easily in the opener. That was incredibly impressive. However, the Lakers looked old and tired in that one.
It’s like the Warriors were a steady ahead, especially in the second-half when they started to take control of the game. It’s best to keep expectations tempered, though. That’s one game.
People love to overreact to one outing. I think the Warriors are going to be a solid team, no doubt, but let’s not crown them as the best team in the West or anything.
The Clippers were able to navigate through last season without Leonard, and I’m sure Paul George does a serviceable job stepping up to keep the Clippers afloat.
The Clippers went 47-25 for fourth in the Western Conference last season. George scored 23.3 points with 6.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. If George plays well, the Clippers are going to be fine this evening.
LA Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Trends:
- 5-2 ATS in their previous seven games as an underdog
- 7-3 ATS in their previous ten games
- 4-1 ATS in their previous five games on a Thursday
- 6-3 ATS in their previous nine games versus the Warriors
- 5-1 overall in their previous six games versus the Warriors
- 8-1 ATS in their previous nine games
- 6-1 ATS in their previous seven games at Chase Arena
- 1-5 ATS in their previous six games versus the Clippers at Chase Arena
- 7-2 overall in their previous nine games versus the Western Conference
I know how good Golden State played in the season opener, but this line is probably a touch too high because of their effort. If you ignore what they did in that one and pretend this is the opener for both teams, the Warriors are probably 2-point favorites in this spot,
The Clippers have been sharp against the Warriors with wins in five of their last six meetings. In their most recent, the Clippers stomped the Warriors for a 130-104 win in March. Leonard played, but he wasn’t present for all of those wins.
I am looking for this one to play tight at Chase Arena on Thursday night. The Warriors look tempting following their impressive debut in 2021-22, but I have to give the Clippers some respect as underdogs in this spot.