Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 10/24/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 10/24/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Clippers (1-0) at Golden State Warriors (0-0)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 10:30 pm (Chase Center)

The Line: Golden State Warriors +1 -- Over/Under:

TV: TNT

The Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors meet Thursday in NBA action at the Chase Center.

The Los Angeles Clippers look for another victory after beating the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 112 points on 51.9 percent shooting and allowing 102 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 30 points and six rebounds while Lou Williams is averaging 21 points and seven assists. Montrezl Harrell is the third double-digit scorer and JaMychal Green is grabbing six rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 70.8 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 39.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Clippers have won five of their last seven road games.

The Golden State Warriors enter this season with lowered expectations than past years due to the injury to Klay Thompson and the exit of Kevin Durant. Previous years the Warriors entered as -200 favorites to hoist the title, this season they’re a bit of an afterthought in their own state and could be a nice value bet in terms of futures. The Warriors still have an intriguing backcourt in Stephen Curry and D'Angelo Russell, and Draymond Green remains one of the top defenders in the league. That trio could do a lot of heavy lifting and the addition of Willie Cauley-Stein will be one of the top under the radar moves, as the young center can play at a solid level. The Golden State Warriors don’t have the firepower or the depth of past years, but this team shouldn’t be slept on, especially if Klay returns at some point. The Golden State Warriors have won 12 of their last 16 home games.

The Clippers are 25-10 ATS in their last 35 vs. NBA Pacific, 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 road games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. The Warriors are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games, 5-17 ATS in their last 22 Thursday games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Clippers are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Golden State and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Warriors last 7 overall. The over is 14-6 in Clippers last 20 overall.

There's a lot of reasons to like the Los Angeles Clippers, as they have the benefit of getting a game under their belt and knocking off the rust, and they have depth on top of depth. The Golden State Warriors are missing one of their top players, will have to learn how to play without another and simply don't have the number of options overall they've had in previous years. That bench needs guys to emerge quickly. However, we're getting a free point with the Warriors in their opening of a new building. There's going to be some energy in the arena for this game. And while these are different rosters, the Warriors have still won seven of the last nine meetings against the Clippers. Give me the Warriors in this toss-up. 

Randy’s Pick Golden State Warriors +1

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