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Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers predictions, picks and best bets

The Los Angeles Clippers return home to Staples Center Thursday after earning an unlikely split in the first two games of their Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.

Odds provided by Bet365; for a full-set of today’s sports betting odds, access them at USA TODAY Sports.

Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers: By the Numbers

  • The Clippers set an all-time record with their 31-point comeback victory over the Warriors in Game 2. Los Angeles had a win percentage of just 0.01 percent in the third quarter before closing the game on a 72-37 run.
  • It was the Clippers’ first win over the Warriors since taking the first game of the regular-season series by a score of 121-116 in overtime.
  • Warriors PG Stephen Curry still leads the season series with 67 total points through two games. Clippers Sixth Man of the Year candidates Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell trail at 61 and 51 points, respectively.
  • The Clippers are nearly keeping pace with the Warriors from beyond the arc, as they have a team shooting percentage of .410 from 3-point range compared to Golden State’s .431 rate.

Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers: Key Injuries

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Warriors C Andrew Bogut is expected to fill in for the injured DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins suffered a quad tear in Game 2 and the upcoming free agent isn’t expected to return this postseason.

Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers: Best Bet

Moneyline: The top-seeded Warriors are still laying -425 on the road after their Game 2 collapse. It’s safe to expect head coach Steve Kerr’s group to get back on track.

Against the spread: Back the Clippers to cover +8.5 points at home with odds of -110. They covered 22 of 41 spreads at home over the regular season.

Over/under: Monday’s 266-point outburst has upped Thursday’s total to 236. Game 1 of the series came in well below that figure at 225 combined points. We’ll opt for the UNDER at -110.

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