The Golden State Warriors will be trying to extend their winning streak to five games when they entertain the Los Angeles Clippers at Oracle Arena on Sunday. Golden State is coming off consecutive victories over Charlotte, Denver, the Lakers, and Cleveland. The Clippers have dropped two in a row at the hands of Houston and the Lakers.
Trying to avoid Golden State
The Clippers are still trying to sort out their spot in the bottom half of the West and will likely wind up somewhere between the No. 6 and the No. 8 spot. They are in a rut after suffering a 135-103 home loss to Houston and following that up with a 122-117 setback against a depleted Lakers squad.
“(If) we lose a couple more, we’ll be in the eight seed,” head coach Doc Rivers admitted, preceding that comment with some sarcasm. “That would be really smart on our part. (The seeding) matters. It absolutely matters. I don’t think anybody wants to go play Golden State. If we have to, we’ll be ready. But my guess is the other seven teams aren’t volunteering. That’s all I’m going to say.”
Los Angeles won six straight and 11 of 12 prior to the recent two-game slide and veteran guard Lou Williams is trying to keep some of the younger players on the team focused on the goals in front of them.
“We have a lot of first-time guys, and once we clinched, we kind of took our foot off the gas a little bit,” Williams said. “That comes with experience. I think myself and (Danilo Gallinari) need to try and do a better job to get the message across to those guys that they have to finish the season as strong as they can.”
Curry cooking again
The Warriors are on the verge of clinching the top seed in the Western Conference and they are firing on all cylinders as the regular season winds to a close. Golden State owns a two-game lead over the second-place Nuggets with three to play and is riding a four-game winning streak after scraping past Cleveland 120-114 on Friday. The Warriors, who close the regular season with a two-game trip to New Orleans and Memphis, will be playing their final regular-season home game Sunday at Oracle Arena before moving across the bay to a new home in San Francisco next season. Point guard Stephen Curry scored 40 points on Friday while going 9-of-12 from three-point range, one night after managing seven points and going 1-of-9 from beyond the arc in a win over the Lakers.
“You knew Steph was going to have a good night, because he had a tough night last night,” head coach Steve Kerr noted. “He rarely ever has two bad shooting nights in a row. He’s one of those guys who takes so much pride in his game and in his shooting that after a poor shooting night, he’s going to be refocused, charged up and ready to go. He was great right from the outset.”
The Golden State Warriors are:
- 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against teams with winning records
- 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games against teams with winning road records
- 5-1 ATS in their last six games following an ATS loss
The Los Angeles Clippers are:
- 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games against teams with winning records