NBA Contenders Face-Off In SF 🏀
The Warriors are off to a brutal start, despite Steph Curry having his best season since his 2015 MVP campaign. Tonight's battle vs. the Clippers should be a fun one, let's take a look at both squads 🔥 (3 min read)
Western Conference Showdown
I know I know, the World Cup is on! But after Argentina's 5AM loss to Saudi Arabia, we decided the timing just doesn't make sense and we're going to stick to the NBA today. Thought this was worth a share though 👇
Won the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations with Zambia.
Won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast.
Leads Saudi Arabia to a surprise victory over Argentina in the 2022 World Cup.
It's time to familiarise yourself with the tactical genius that is coach Herve Renard 🧠
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC)
Nov 22, 2022
Anyway, coming into this season, a Warriors-Clippers matchup seemed to promise a battle between two of the best teams in the league. Now, it's hard to say what the future holds for either team. The Warriors have been shockingly bad thus far, accumulating an 8-10 record, despite suffering no injuries to key contributors 😳
- They're coming off an embarrassing 45-point loss to the Pelicans, albeit in a game that Steph Curry sat out
- The Dubs seem to be wasting an all-time great season from Curry, who's been putting up 32/7/7
- Just look at his current stats compared to what most regard as his greatest season 👇
Steph Curry’s Unanimous MVP season vs. this season:
- 30.1 PPG
- 6.7 APG
- 5.4 RPG
- 50% FG
- 45% 3P
- 90% FT
- 32.3 PPG
- 7.1 APG
- 6.7 RPG
- 52% FG
- 44% 3P
- 90% FT
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral)
Nov 21, 2022
On the other end, the Clippers have managed to stay afloat with an 11-7 record, but the status of Kawhi Leonard has been increasingly concerning. After spending a full season rehabbing an ACL injury, Kawhi still looks to be struggling with his health. He missed twelve straight games due to concerns over his physical status, and has looked very meh (8, 11 and 6 points) since returning last week 🤔
Clippers vs. Warriors Betting Preview (subject to change)
- Spread: Warriors -8.5
- Moneyline: Warriors -370 (bet $370, win $100), Clippers +295 (bet $100, win $295)
- Over/Under: 222.5
Can The GSW Fix It?
This was always meant to be a relatively transitional season for Golden State, in which the squad's bevy of young guns would start to assume a larger workload within the system. The expectations were that players like James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody could begin integrating themselves into the rotation in complementary roles. However, the results have been disappointing to say the least 😬
- Golden State's starting lineup has remained exemplary, boasting the second-best net rating of any five-man unit in the league (min. 100 minutes played)
- The issue has been the youth movement, with former No. 2 pick Wiseman already banished to the G-League and Kuminga shooting 27% from deep
- On the bright side, Klay Thompson appears to finally be back after some early season struggles 🔥
🔥 @KlayThompson WENT WILD in the @warriors road win!
💦 41 PTS
💦 10 3PM (10-13)
— NBA (@NBA)
Nov 21, 2022
For the visiting Clippers, this season ultimately boils down to the health of Kawhi. The Clippers have built up some tremendous depth to surround the Leonard-George duo, but the NBA is a league of stars. PG has shown himself to be capable of carrying the load in Kawhi's absence, but the Clippers can only enter the true class of title contenders if their franchise centerpiece returns to form 😏
- All the pieces are in places if Leonard can get there — LAC has one of the deepest lineups in the league with top role players like Robert Covington, Norman Powell, Marcus Morris, Nic Batum, Reggie Jackson and Luke Kennard
- Even offseason addition John Wall already looks to be reviving his career, as he's really made an impact off the bench
Fun Fact: John Wall and Russell Westbrook are leading the NBA in assists off the bench.
— StatMuse (@statmuse)
Nov 22, 2022
Trivia Question: Steph Curry is leading the league in made threes with a ridiculous 84, 23 more than the closest competitor. Who is No. 2?
For My Parlay Gurus
At this point in time, I must say that I have more faith in LAC's roster than Golden State's. It feels like the Warriors need Curry to be otherworldly merely to remain competitive, while the Clippers have been pretty good even when Kawhi doesn't play. Despite the obvious health concerns, I believe he'll get there, and I'm going with the Clippers tonight, along with the Celtics 👇
- Clippers + 8.5 @ Warriors: -114
- Celtics -4.5 vs. Mavs: -110
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Trivia Answer: Before the conclusion of last night's games, Indiana's Buddy Hield sits second in the league with 61 made threes (boy, the Lakers could sure use a shooter like that 😂). Malik Beasley is a close third with 60
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