It’s now officially “watch as much basketball as possible” season. Unfortunately, when it comes to professional play, we don’t get a big action slate on Monday. There are no games matching teams with winning records on Monday night. It’s as close as possible.
Golden State was quiet at the deadline, but I wonder if they’re going to be a popular destination for a buyout, especially a big man who can play some defense. It would be a great addition, but they’re probably still relishing the 33 points scored by Klay Thompson in their last game against the Lakers. In that game, he made up for a poor shooting performance from Steph Curry, but the Warriors could have more than enough if they were healthy and played their game.
That’s what the Clippers are hoping for. They picked up a win in a rematch against Dallas on Saturday, but Norm Powell missed the game and is out indefinitely with a foot injury. He was expected to carry a heavy goal load with Paul George still injured until later in the month. Shooter Luke Kennard is also questionable for Monday, and his importance as a shooter should not be underestimated. LA is desperate for better health right now.
Golden State Warriors vs Los Angeles Clippers
Monday, February 14, 2022
10:30 p.m. ET
Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, CA.
Spread: Warriors -6 (-110), Clippers +6 (-110)
Moneyline: Warriors -242, Clippers +221
Golden State -6
The Warriors aren’t perfectly healthy with Draymond Green still out, but they’re in a much better place than the Clippers, that’s for sure. These teams have already met twice this season but not since the end of November. Golden State won the previous two games (1-1 ATS) but there’s likely a bigger gap between the teams now with Klay back and George and Green out. Golden State has been particularly strong against its own division this season, 9-1 SU against Pacific with a 6-4 ATS record. The Suns may be the best team in the league, but it’s easy to make the case for the Warriors at No. 2. They can go to Los Angeles, put on an offensive show and get a comfortable win.
Accessory to consider
Kevon Looney Over 16.5 points Rebounds and assists (-102)
Looney is one of the best role players in the NBA. I was going to pick him over 6.5 points but wanted something that incorporated his rebound as well. He didn’t even play 15 minutes the last two times these teams played, but his averages per minute were good. In the last 10 games he’s only been under 20 minutes once, so I like the opportunity he’s going to have on Monday. In that same streak, he has four games where he posted at least 12 rebounds, including the Warriors’ last game against the Lakers. I think we can expect 10 boards with enough points to get us past the top. He also has five games with multiple assists in the last 10.