Los Angeles Clippers vs Golden State Warriors 10/21/21: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors Matchup Preview (10/21/21)
The Los Angeles Clippers make the short travel to northern California to visit the Golden State Warriors for a Western Conference showdown. This will be the first game of the 2021-22 season for the Clippers and the second game for the Warriors. Golden State got its first win in Los Angeles against the Lakers on Tuesday. Both teams should be in contention for the playoffs in the competitive Western Conference that looks fairly open right now, especially after the Lakers were incredibly underwhelming in their season opener.
For the Clippers to win this game, they need to shoot well from behind the arc. Last season, they finished as the No. 1 team in 3P% (three-point percentage.) If they want to beat the Warriors on the road, they will need to shoot 40% or better from deep, defend Steph Curry well, and force the Warriors’ role players to beat them. Golden State can win with better offensive execution as it only shot 44% from the field in its first game of the season. Additionally, the Warriors would need to have the roll man execute better off of high ball screens. That is the center of their offense, so Draymond and Bjelica will need to
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Odds
The Warriors (-154 Moneyline) are a slight favorite at home in this bout against the Los Angeles Clippers (+130 Moneyline). The spread sits at -3 for Golden State and +3 for Los Angeles. The point total is hanging around 226 at the time of writing this article.
If you prefer to bet the spread, I will lean towards Golden State at home. Steph Curry was double-teamed all night, which was the only way Los Angeles could slow him down. Still, the Warriors’ offense is conducive to double-teams off high ball screens as Curry passes to Green or Bjelica around the free-throw line, and then they can either lob it to a big, shoot the mid-range, or kick out to a three-point shooter. Trust the Warriors, who were 25-12 at home last season, and only have a few points to cover. It will look different without Beverley playing for Los Angeles.
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Time: 10:00 PM ET
Arena: Chase Center – San Francisco, CA
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Los Angeles Clippers Starting Lineup
Los Angeles Clippers Analysis
This off-season, the Clippers lost their best defensive player, Patrick Beverley, after a trade shipped him, Daniel Oturu, and Rajon Rondo to Memphis while bringing in Eric Bledsoe. While Bledsoe should be able to shoulder some of that defensive void, losing Beverley is a huge impact in several ways. Beverley also was a vocal leader for the Clippers and helped establish a winning culture during his four-year tenure in Los Angeles. Additionally, Kawhi Leonard, a consensus top-five player in the world, is out for at a minimum the next several months. He may be able to make a return late in the season, but not before then. Los Angeles had a decent series under Paul George’s lead against the Phoenix Suns but came up a bit short in the end. The Clippers should still be in playoff contention, even without Kawhi.
Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup
Golden State Warriors Analysis
The Warriors were without starting center James Wiseman and Klay Thompson in their first game against the Lakers. Neither player will be available for this game either. Regardless, the Warriors handled business on the road behind an inspired second half, especially from Nemanja Bjelica. Bjelica was added this off-season, as well as Otto Porter Jr and Andre Iguodala. Meanwhile, they returned Jordan Poole, who is going to surprise a lot of people this year. Poole played well in the first game, putting up 20 points. Poole will be a key factor for the Warriors this season while they wait on Thompson to come back.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors Daily Fantasy Picks
Jordan Poole will be a great fantasy play once again. He is filling in for the Warriors as their secondary scorer until Klay Thompson returns. Thus, in this high-octane offense, we can expect around 20 points per game from him. He did not play super well in the first game against Los Angeles but still came away with 20 points. This performance should be achievable once again and his price still may be less than his value.
Reggie Jackson is another player that you should look into from this game. Jackson had an average year but then went nuclear in the playoffs. He averaged 17.8 points per game on a near-50/40/90 shooting split. Jackson stepped on the gas and took control as one of the Clippers’ main scorers in the absence of Kawhi Leonard. If Jackson gets the same opportunity this year, I feel good about him at his value right now. Outside of Paul George, he should be a secondary scorer for the Clippers.