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James Harden of the LA Clippers moves the ball against the New York Knicks as we look at our best Clippers vs. Warriors player props.
James Harden of the L.A. Clippers moves the ball against the New York Knicks during the third quarter of a game at Madison Square Garden. Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images/AFP.

Our Clippers vs. Warriors NBA player props rooted in the best NBA odds are forecasting a significant night from James Harden and Stephen Curry on Wednesday.

After a troubling start to this NBA season, the Golden State Warriors (26-25) have gotten back on track with five straight wins, including four by double digits. They're favored to keep rolling Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers (35-17) in a clash between contenders by the latest NBA Finals odds.

Los Angeles opened as the favorite in this matchup before news that Kawhi Leonard (thigh) would miss just his fifth game of the season. That absence swung the line in Golden State's favor, but it also presents an opportunity for some of the top players on both sides of Wednesday's contest.

In addition to our NBA best bets for Wednesday and our Bulls vs. Cavaliers NBA player props, here are our best Clippers vs. Warriors NBA player props and NBA picks (odds via our best NBA betting sites; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

Clippers vs. Warriors NBA player props: Wednesday

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Clippers vs. Warriors props

James Harden Over 20.5 points (-120 via bet365) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

At first glance, it may seem like Paul George would be the Clippers' go-to scorer on Wednesday, as he's been the team's top scorer (22.4 PPG) aside from Leonard. Yet his prop total is five points higher compared to Harden, whom I suspect will be the true beneficiary of Leonard's absence.

Harden has taken a clear backseat to the Clippers' two primary scorers and settled into the facilitator role that he's assumed for years. Don't mistake that for lack of a scoring punch, though, as he cleared 20 points in six of his last 12 games and is a week removed from a hyper-efficient 30-point outing in his last road tilt.

This is also a plus matchup for Harden against this Warriors backcourt, which ranks in the bottom 10 in points allowed to opposing point guards (25.2 PPG) with the fewest turnovers forced per game (2.4). Harden has averaged 20.5 points in four games without Leonard, and he should clear that mark on Wednesday.

Stephen Curry Over 5.5 assists (-130 via bet365) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Leonard is the biggest name missing Wednesday's contest, but the Warriors remain without Chris Paul (hand), who hasn't played since Jan. 5.

In that stretch, Curry is averaging 5.7 assists and has cleared this total in 10 of 15 contests, including a 10-assist effort in Monday's win over the Utah Jazz. He's also found success against the Clippers over the years, averaging 7.6 dimes in his last five meetings with L.A. with at least six assists in four of them.

If Tyronn Lue tries to deny Curry as a scorer as he's done in recent matchups, the All-Star guard has a chance for a big game as a facilitator on Wednesday. This wager is dealing as short as -157 across our best sports betting sites, so I don't mind paying this price and would even sprinkle a little on double-digit assists (+850 via bet365).

Terance Mann Under 7.5 points (+100 via BetMGM) ⭐⭐⭐

Bettors seem to be enamored by the idea of Mann assuming an elevated scoring role with Leonard on the shelf, driving the Over on this bet to -125 or shorter across our best sportsbooks. I don't buy it.

I'm a huge fan of Mann's game, but scoring is not his specialty. The former second-round pick is averaging 7.4 points this season but has hit this mark just 19 times in 46 tries (41.3%), including just twice in his last eight starts. He's also combined for just 20 points in four games without Leonard, scoring five or fewer points in three of those contests.

This is a low bar to clear, so I wouldn't put more than one unit on this, but I'll certainly be betting into this plus-money value at BetMGM on what feels like an inflated total.

Clippers-Warriors NBA player props made Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET.

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