Thursday hails the return of online NBA betting action as the NBA All-Star break is officially over. Six teams will take to the court later this evening to try to secure a playoff berth as we enter the final stretch of the season. There are plenty of fascinating matchups scheduled for Thursday night but the one with the most intriguing sportsbook odds has to be the contest between Golden State and Los Angeles.
Thursday night, the Warriors will host the Clippers at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Los Angeles has found success throughout the season but the Clippers have struggled on the road and will be coming into this contest with a 17-13 road record. Furthermore, this contest will mark the 4th and final time these two will face each other this season, with the Warriors winning the first three unanimously. With that in mind, most basketball betting sites will be predicting a blowout Thursday night.
ONLINE NBA BETTING ODDS – REGULAR SEASON – Thursday, February 23rd
Golden State Warriors +12 ½ (-110) 230 ½ (-110) +650
Los Angeles Clippers -12 ½ (-110) 230 ½ (-110) -1000
No surprises here, sportsbooks predict that the Warriors will go undefeated against the Clippers during the 2017 regular season. If Los Angeles does go on to lose Thursday night, they might be able to avenge their 4 losses in the postseason if they happen to run into Golden State. However, given the track record so far, it’s hard to imagine Los Angeles pulling things around in the playoffs.
The Warriors enter this matchup with a 47-9 record that ranks them 1st in both the Western Conference and the Pacific Division. So far this season, the Warriors have posted a near flawless 24-3 home record which further paints the Clippers as online NBA betting underdogs. In their last 6 games the Warriors have gone 4-2 and Golden State will be looking to maintain their dominant performance as the season concludes. This year’s Warriors have failed to post back-to-back losses all season long.
Golden State’s offseason acquisition leads the team in points as Durant is averaging 25.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists. Second in points for the Warriors is their second MVP. Curry is currently putting up 24.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 6.4 assists per game. Lastly, Golden State has a third player averaging 20-points+ per game in Thompson who is currently netting the team 22.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per contest.
The sportsbook underdogs are coming into this matchup riding a 4-game win streak. Los Angeles’ 35-21 record ranks them 2nd in the Pacific as well as 4th in the West. The Clippers have qualified for the playoffs for the last 5 years and are well on their way to punching another ticket to the postseason.
The Clippers are led in points by Blake Griffin who is netting 21.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game. Los Angeles’ second-leading points scorer is Chris Paul who is putting up 17.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 9.7 assists per outing.