Basketball Betting Odds Ruling Out Clippers Thursday NightPosted by: Charlie Smith
After qualifying for the basketball betting playoffs the last 5 years consecutively, most sportsbook fans would agree that there wasn’t a whole lot of pressure on the Clippers organization. Sure, Los Angeles would love to make a deep push in the postseason, but consistently qualifying for the playoffs is the hallmark of a good organization, especially in a league that is as talent driven as the NBA.
But as the season progressed, it slowly began to sink into the organization’s mind that winning was starting to become more important. Not because the Lakers were giving the Clippers a run for their money in LA, (the Lakers are currently 17-34, rank penultimate in the West, and pose no threat to the Clippers) but rather because of the incoming wave of professional sports teams.
Although there have been some recent complications with their funding, the Raiders are planning to join the Rams as the two NFL franchises located in the City of Angels. Additionally, LA is scheduled to receive another MLS franchise by 2018. With two teams per professional sports league, the Clippers know the most successful franchise will win over the fans. And with so much competition, the Clippers will be vying to be that team.
Los Angeles will get a chance to prove that they are the most successful team in the city when they take to the court Thursday night to face off against the Western Conference leaders. Trying to pick up a win against the best team in the league is no easy task. And unfortunately for the Clippers, they’ve been way too inconsistent for the sportsbooks to give them a fighting chance against Golden State. Take a look.
BASKETBALL BETTING ODDS – REGULAR SEASON – Thursday, February 2nd
Golden State Warriors -8 (-110) 226 (-110) -360
Los Angeles Clippers +8 (-110) 226 (-110) +300
Seeing NBA betting sites come out in favor the Warriors should come as a surprise to nobody. This year’s new-and-improved Golden State has fought their way to a 42-7 record but has been far from flawless. The Warriors 105-102 loss to the low-ranking Miami Heat a couple weeks ago was a blatant reminder that this team’s offense has been struggling late in the game and you can bet your bottom dollar on the fact that the Clippers will be looking to exploit this well-known fact.
Los Angeles is coming into this contest with a 31-18 record that ranks them 2nd in the Pacific Division and 4th in the Western Conference. Thursday night, the Clippers will be playing host to the Warriors which certainly plays in Los Angeles’ favor since they’ve enjoyed a 17-7 record at home this basketball betting season. Furthermore, the Warriors have suffered more than half their losses on the road.
The Warriors will be relying on their star-studded cast including Kevin Durant who is Golden State’s leading point scorer. Durant is averaging 26.1 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game. Stephen Curry, who drained 11 3-pointers last time he took to the court, is netting 25.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game.
The sportsbook underdogs will be looking for Blake Griffin to lead them in Thursday’s game. Griffin is averaging 21.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game. Second for Los Angeles is Chris Paul who is putting up 17.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 9.7 assists per game.