On Sunday afternoon, the Los Angeles Clippers will be in northern California to play the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of their best of seven first round NBA playoff series in the Western Conference. The Clippers lead the series 2-1 after losing Game 1 but coming back to win 2 straight.
However, the Clippers might not have 100% of their minds on today’s games thanks to the alleged comments made by their owner Donald Sterling. The Clippers owner is alleged to have spoken to his girlfriend, who is half-black and half-Mexican, telling her not to invite African-Americans to the Clippers home games.
It was announced late Saturday that players on the Clippers had actually threatened to boycott their playoff game on Sunday, but head coach Doc Rivers stepped in and quickly dismissed that action. Rivers like his players is irate over the alleged tape-recorded conversation and hopes the NBA will do something to Sterling if the tape is confirmed to be authentic.
Back to basketball.
Bovada and sportsbook.com has Los Angeles as the favorite in the game by 2.5 points. The total on topbet and betonline is sitting on 209.5 at the moment.
The Clippers at one time led Game 3 by 18 points and looked on their way to another 40-point rout like in Game 2. However, the Warriors stormed back in the fourth quarter and missed a shot at the buzzer that could have won the game.
In that game, the Clippers did not cover a spread as the favorite of 2.5 points.
Part of Golden State’s problem in Game 3 was its long range shooting. The Warriors hit just 6 of their 31 shots from beyond the three-point line.
With the win, the Clippers road record is now 24-18 SU and 25-16-1 ATS. For the Warriors, their home record is now 27-15 SU and 20-21-1 ATS.
The Los Angeles win was big on Thursday as the visitor. In the previous seven games between the two teams, the home team was 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS.
Since the beginning of the 2011-12 NBA season, the Clippers are 7-8 SU and 6-9 ATS against Golden State. The OVER in the point total has cashed in 10 of those 15 games.
Andrew Bogut who has a problem with his ribs will miss another game for Golden State.
Blake Griffin and Chris Paul continue to carry the offensive load for the Clippers, while Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are firing from long distance for the Warriors. David Lee is averaging 14 points and nearly 9 rebounds for Golden State. The big man was slowed by a hamstring problem late in the season.
Pick: I like the Clippers to come out strong on the emotion that has been boiling over due to the comments allegedly made by team owner Donald Sterling. The Clippers will win and cover 112-107.