Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors Preview
The new-look Golden State Warriors will have their regular-season debut in their new arena, the Chase Center, tonight in their season opener as they host the Los Angeles Clippers, who are coming off a big win on Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Warriors, whose championship reign was ended last year to Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors, now face Leonard as a member of the Clippers. The Warriors have also gone through a major roster transition after losing Kevin Durant to Brooklyn, and with Klay Thompson possibly sidelined for the season.
Time: 10:30 PM ET
Arena: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA
Clippers: Paul George (O)
Warriors: Klay Thompson (O), Marquese Chriss (P), Alec Burks (P)
LA Clippers Starting Lineup
The Clippers had to face the Lakers on opening night without the services of Paul George, but Kawhi Leonard gave Clippers fans reason to be excited as he went off for 30 points in his first regular-season game in red and blue.
He was one of five players to reach double figures, including sixth man Lou Williams who had 21 points. Williams has typically been a headache for the Warriors.
“I feel like we have a really good group. I don’t want that opportunity to go to waste because our mentalities aren’t sharp or we’re not strong mentally,” Williams said. “I’m just doing my part to make sure that everybody is on the same page.”
The Clippers’ second unit is looking very strong early. Aside from Williams, Montrezl Harrell, JaMychal Green and new addition Maurice Harkless all scored in double figures.
Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup
After winning three NBA championships, the Warriors reign over the league ended at the hands of Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors. As the Warriors look to avenge the loss to Leonard as he brings his new team to town, the Warriors are looking like a much different team and the continuity they’ve enjoyed over the last few years has come to an end.
With Durant in Brooklyn, Andre Iguodala in Memphis, Quinn Cook in LA and Thompson sidelined among others, Steve Kerr and Golden State now turn to some new faces in the lineup in D’Angelo Russell and Glenn Robinson III to help fill the void with holdovers Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Kevon Looney.
On Media Day, Warriors coach Steve Kerr discussed the change the team is experiencing.
“This is such a dramatic change from where we’ve been the last four years,” Kerr said. “I think it allows for more change. More internal evaluation — what can we do better. The new building is almost a metaphor for how we approach the season. It’s a great opportunity to start fresh.”
Key Player Matchups
Stephen Curry vs. Patrick Beverley
Curry is no doubt the leader for the Warriors, especially with Durant gone, and he’s likely going to be playing more as they rely more heavily on his scoring. Curry is likely the most prolific scorer in the league and he’s a tough assignment for any guard in the league, but if there’s anyone fit to take on the challenge, it’s Beverley, one of the premier defensive point guards in the league. Beverley usually tries to frustrate his opponents and even get into their heads, so this chess match will be fun to watch.
Glenn Robinson III vs. Kawhi Leonard
The Warriors are hoping Robinson will step into the role as a perimeter defender that was vacated by Iguodala’s departure, and his first big test comes tonight as he defends Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. Leonard’s offensive repertoire has grown so much since he came into the league, and he’s such a tough cover because he can shoot it from everywhere, and he’s also a physically strong player who is difficult to stop on drives and fast breaks.
D’Angelo Russell vs. Landry Shamet
Russell returns to California after playing and growing, the last few years in Brooklyn. The Warriors were able to get something back from Brooklyn in the Durant deal and Russell is not just your usual throw-in. Russell’s progression after leaving the Lakers has been fun to watch and we’ll see how he fits in with the Warriors. Shamet is a sharpshooter who surprised in his rookie season and will look to take another step forward this season.
Kawhi Leonard is the easy choice for a stud pick on the Clippers roster, especially after his season debut. He’s one of those players that seems to have been made for fantasy basketball, and at $9.8k on FanDuel, he’s expected to have 44.2 fantasy points tonight. Lou Williams is the value play at $6.9k with a 37.2 point projection. Williams is a big part of the Clippers’ second unit and if you follow trends, he’s done well against the Warriors.
For Golden State, Curry is no doubt the man for the Warriors now. He is available for $10.3k on FanDuel and is poised for a 45.1 point fantasy performance. At $3.5k, Glenn Robinson III is a low-risk play. He’s projected for 20 points tonight as he takes on Kawhi Leonard.
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