Friday, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
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Those teams that finished their 2018-19 season series with the Golden State Warriors should be very thankful, because the Dubs figure to only get that much better starting Friday night at the Los Angeles Clippers as former All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins makes his team debut.
It’s almost not fair, now giving Golden State five All-Stars.
A handful of clubs have had four players selected as All-Stars in a given season. That includes the Warriors two seasons ago when Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green all made it. Cousins is a four-time All-Star but couldn’t play in last season’s game with the Pelicans because he tore his Achilles on Jan. 26, 2018 in a game vs. Houston. Cousins was having his best season in averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists.
Cousins surprised many when he took a one-year, $5 million offer in free agency to sign with the Warriors. Clearly, Cousins wants to compete for a championship, and if he proves healthy and doesn’t do knucklehead things (as he has been known to do), Cousins will cash in big-time in free agency again next summer.
Coach Steve Kerr says he plans to start Cousins from the get-go, although surely his minutes will be limited. The Warriors don’t “need’ anything, but they are a bit thin in big men with the season-ending injury to Damian Jones. He was the only true center on the roster.
Incidentally, Cousins will debut his new Puma kicks on Friday – see below tweet. Puma has made a push to become relevant again in the NBA.
Clippers 2-0 ATS Vs. Warriors This Season
The Warriors have won 14 of the past 16 overall against the Clippers but did lose in Los Angeles on Dec. 12, 121-116 in overtime to end a seven-game winning streak there. Shouldn’t have gone to OT, but Clippers were scoreless over the final 5:15 of regulation and the Dubs scored the final 11. Durant fouled out in OT and Curry was out injured. Golden State beat the Clippers in Oakland on Dec. 23, 129-127, on a Curry layup with 0.5 seconds left. He had 42 points. Tobias Harris missed a shot as time expired.
Golden State is averaging a cool 145.5 points in two wins this week as the Dubs blew out the Nuggets in Denver on Tuesday and then beat the visiting Pelicans 147-140 on Wednesday. Curry continues to be ridiculous with 41 points against New Orleans and became the first player in NBA history to make at least eight three-pointers in three straight games. Curry is averaging 34.1 points since the calendar flipped and the Warriors are the first team to score at least 140 in consecutive games since Phoenix in 2009.
The Clippers lost their fourth in a row Wednesday, 129-109 at home vs. Utah – not exactly an offensive powerhouse. L.A. is surrendering 120 points per game during the skid. It’s the Clips’ second four-game slide of the season and they were able to avoid a fifth straight loss the last time.
- Over is 9-0 in Clippers last 9 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Over is 7-0 in Warriors last 7 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in LA.
Don’t have a huge lean to the side – I’d probably take the points as the Dubs might be a bit tired – but you have to lean ‘over’ even with such a high total. Golden State is firing on all cylinders offensively right now, and L.A. isn’t a good defensive team (while being Top 5 offensively itself). The ‘over’ has hit in the past nine meetings.