Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors 1/18/19: Starting Lineups, Matchup Breakdown, Odds, Daily Fantasy, Betting

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors Preview

In a preview of what could be a first-round playoff matchup, the Los Angeles Clippers (24-20) will host the Western Conference-leading Golden State Warriors (31-14).

The Clippers and Warriors enter tonight’s matchup in very different places. Los Angeles has lost their last four games and are 4-6 in their last 10. Golden State, meanwhile, is the hottest team in the league on a six-game win streak and winning eight of their last 10 games.

Golden State and Los Angeles met most recently on December 23, with the Warriors edging out Los Angeles 129-127. Stephen Curry needed 42 points to get past the Clippers, who were led by Tobias Harris’ 32 points. Prior to that, the Clippers won the first game of the season series in overtime, so each team has one win apiece.

If that wasn’t interesting enough, tonight’s game will mark the debut of Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins, who has been recovering from a torn Achilles tendon he suffered last season while a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.

TV Schedule

Date: 01/18/19
Time: 10:30pm ET
Arena: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Channel: ESPN

LA Clippers Starting Lineup

PGPatrick Beverley
SGPaul George
SFKawhi Leonard
PFMarcus Morris
CIvica Zubac

Clippers Analysis

Los Angeles ClippersThe Clippers most recent loss in their four-game skid came at the hands of the Utah Jazz 109-129 on Wednesday night. The Clippers could not Rudy Gobert, who has been having an all-star worthy season. He had 23 points and 22 rebounds against the Clippers front line.

The Clippers struggled to score in all but the fourth quarter, where they managed to put up 37 points. Unfortunately, the Jazz answered back with 41 points.

Danilo Gallinari, who has been an important part of the Clippers roster this season, and a player several have made all-star cases for, struggled on Wednesday. With Marcin Gortat, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Patrick Beverley also having offensive issues, it was too much for Tobias Harris and the Clippers’ super subs of Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell to try to remedy.

Things won’t get any easier for the Clippers, who follow the Warriors game with games against the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks.

Clippers Quick Links: Clippers Starting Lineup, Clippers Roster, Clippers Depth Chart, Clippers Injuries, Clippers News, Clippers Schedule

Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup

PGStephen Curry
SGKlay Thompson
SFKevin Durant
PFDraymond Green
CDeMarcus Cousins

Warriors Analysis

Golden State Warriors“All hell (is) about to break loose.”

That was Warriors forward Draymond Green’s reaction when he was asked about DeMarcus Cousins’ return, and he is officially putting the NBA on notice.

The rich get richer as they add another all-star to a team with four all-stars that is currently tops in the West.

The Warriors’ most recent win came against Cousins’s previous team, the New Orleans Pelicans. Despite a 30 point, 18 rebounds and seven assist night from Anthony Davis, the Warriors walked away with the 147-140 win. They were led by Stephen Curry’s 41 points. Kevin Durant added 30 points and 15 rebounds, and Draymond Green ended his scoring slump with 17 points and 14 assists against New Orleans.

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of shape Cousins is in after recovering from a serious injury, and how Steve Kerr will utilize him.

Warriors Quick Links: Warriors Starting Lineup, Warriors Roster, Warriors Depth Chart, Warriors Injuries, Warriors News, Warriors Schedule

Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers Betting Odds

Golden State is a seven-point favorite for tonight’s game. The over/under is 242 points and the Warriors opened on the moneyline at -240. They are now live at -275.

The Warriors are 13-8 on the road and 30-10 as the favorite. Los Angeles is 14-9 at home and 5-13 as the underdog.

Odds & Line Movement Links: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors, Vegas Odds (All NBA Games Today)

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DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Picks

Kevin Durant ($10.6k) and Tobias Harris ($7.8k) are fantasy standouts for tonight’s game. Durant is expected to follow his double-double with 48.91 points on FanDuel, while Harris, who has arguably been the Clippers’ most important player this season, is projected for 38.47 points.

If you’re looking for fantasy value players, you may rush to grab Cousins, but it’s still unknown how many minutes he will play and what shape he will be in. The safer bet is Klay Thompson ($7.2k), who is projected for 32.6 points, and Lou Williams ($6.8k), who FanDuel has given a projection of 30.12 points for tonight’s game.

Find all of our Fanduel and Draftkings projections here: https://www.lineups.com/nba/nba-fantasy-basketball-projections. 

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