Clippers vs. Warriors Friday Prediction
The second game of ESPN’s NBA doubleheader on Friday night will be a rematch from earlier this week when the Warriors host the Clippers again at 10:00 p.m. ET. This time, will the Warriors cover as a home underdog or will the Clippers once again take care of business in the golden state?
559 Los Angeles Clippers (-5) at 560 Golden State Warriors (+5); o/u N/A
10:00 p.m. ET, Friday, January 8, 2021
Venue: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles Clippers DFS Spin
Kawhi Leonard said after Wednesday's win over the Warriors that he's ready to play in more back-to-backs. Prior to Wednesday, Leonard had not played in both games of a back-to-back since the 2016-17 season. While he did turn the ball over seven times against the Warriors, the fact that he was able to take on his usual workload is a positive. And this bodes well for his availability for the Clippers' next back-to-back (January 28-29). "I mean, I think I'll be playing, pretty much," Leonard said of his availability in future back-to-backs according to ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk. "The last few years, I was injured, and I worked on getting my leg stronger, and it's been a long time. But I was patient, and I'm able to play."
Golden State Warriors DFS Spin
Stephen Curry (ankle) has been downgraded from probable to questionable for Friday vs. the Clippers. This is a surprise after Curry made it through a partial practice on Thursday. Coach Steve Kerr downplayed the injury as well, but the Warriors will be cautious here and see how he feels after warmups. He's trending towards a game-time call. If Curry can't go, more usage will flow through Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Kelly Oubre, and the Warriors will likely give Brad Wanamaker and Damion Lee extended run.
Clippers vs. Warriors Betting Prediction
The Clippers are now 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games versus the Warriors and are 5-0 against the number in their last five road games versus Golden State after covering in San Francisco two nights ago. L.A. is also 39-17 against the spread in its last 56 games as a road favorite and is 4-1 against the number in its last five road games.
Meanwhile, the Warriors are just 4-9 against the spread in their last 13 home games, are 2-5 against the number in their last seven games as an underdog and are 4-9 at the betting window in their last 13 games as a home dog.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS -5