NBA Picks: Clippers vs. Warriors on Christmas Day

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 2:36 PM GMT

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 2:36 PM GMT

The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers will play on Christmas Day for the second time in three seasons, as the two teams continue to battle for positioning in the Western Conference standings.

Let’s take a closer look at the NBA betting lines for this high-profile matchup at Oracle Arena, with the opening tip scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Playing solid basketball

Los Angeles is 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS in its last eight games, as it comes off a 120-116 overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves as five-point home favorites Sunday, while going OVER the betting total of 211.5.

The Clippers have three starters averaging in double figures, with forward Blake Griffin scoring 20.9 points a contest.

One-game home stands

Golden State will play its third consecutive one-game home stand, as it returns to the Bay Area after picking up an 89-81 victory over the Denver Nuggets as 1.5-point road favorites Monday, while going UNDER the betting total for the fourth time in five contests.

The Warriors are 9-4 SU at this venue during the 2013-14 campaign, including a 7-4 mark versus conference rivals.

Holiday season

NBA handicappers need to be cautious in backing the road underdogs in this affair, as the Clippers have compiled a losing 4-7 SU record when playing on Christmas Day, but they’ve come away with a victory in their last two games in that situation.

Los Angeles picked up a 126-115 victory over Golden State as six-point home favorites in the first meeting this year on Oct. 31, with the OVER cashing for the sixth consecutive time in the series.

A close affair

The Warriors lead the league in games decided by four or fewer points—posting a 4-7 SU record in those 11 opportunities.

It’s important to point out that the underdog is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings in this series, but Golden State has covered the number in six of its last seven home games in the series.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Warriors for their NBA picks, as they’ve turned things around defensively in recent games.

Los Angeles has won all 14 games this season when scoring 104 or more points, but that type of number will be extremely difficult to reach in this affair.

NBA Pick: Golden State Warriors 

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