The Golden State Warriors and Stephon Curry are on some kind of an offensive roll. The team has scored over 140 points in 3 of its last 4 games and Curry just set a new NBA standard by hitting at least 8 3-pointers over 3 consecutive games. The fact the team is scoring at an elite level while winning 8 of its last 9 games should serve as notice to the rest of the NBA that the league’s defending champs are starting its quest towards another title. It’s even more intimidating to note PF DeMarcus Cousins is waiting in the wings to make his presence felt in the last third of the season. Curry and Kevin Durant currently ranks 2nd and 4th in the league in scoring with 29.8 PPG and 28.2 PPG respectively.
The Clippers are the NBA’s 4th best offensive team, scoring at 115 PPG. However, the team is really struggling to put the ball in the hoop this month. The team is currently mired in a 4-game losing streak, which includes losses in its last 3 at home. Over its last 4 games, the Clippers are only averaging 112 PPG while giving up 120 PPG. The last thing they want to see right now is the high-flying Warriors. The team’s scoring leaders include Tobias Harris (20.7 PPG), Danilo Gallinari (19.4 PPG) and Lou Williams (18.7 PPG) from off the bench. Williams also leads the team in assists (4.9 APG), which is a bit unusual for a sixth-man.
Prediction: These two teams have already played twice this season with the Clippers winning 121-116 at home, then losing 129-127 on the road. These are two of the best 3-point shooting teams in the NBA. They also rank in the top five for pace-of-play. While the point total looks a bit ridiculous, these two teams can light it up. Play over 241 (score – Golden State 130-122)