The Los Angeles Clippers (19-10) and Golden State Warriors (11-17) will meet up for the second time during the 2011-12 campaign Monday night inside Oracle Arena

Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors

Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis ranks seventh in the NBA in scoring

Los Angeles will look to get over a disappointing 103-100 overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs as three-point home favorites Saturday, while going “over” the total for the first time in four games.  The Clippers were in position to win the game until star point guard Chris Paul threw an errant pass into the hands of the Spurs to tie the game at the end of regulation.  “Man, that was probably the worst play I’ve been a part of since I’ve been in the NBA,” commented Paul after the game.  Los Angeles is 2-0 ATS after suffering an upset loss as a favorite.

The Clippers will likely lean heavily on Paul offensively in this Western Conference affair, as he averages 23.0 points inside tonight’s venue, which is his highest in any visiting arena.  Los Angeles is also looking to avoid dropping back-to-back games for the first time since the end of December.  Power forward Blake Griffin was fantastic in a losing effort versus the Spurs, registering his first 20-20 game of his career.

Golden State will look to snap a three-game losing streak that includes a crushing 104-103 defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies as six-point road underdogs.  The Warriors managed to go “over” the total for the first time in six games in that affair.  “It’s the little things that either win or lose ball games as we continue to find out,” stated Warriors first-year head coach Mark Jackson.  Rebounding has been a weakness for the squad, coming in with a minus-4.46 differential on the glass, which is among the worst marks in the NBA.  Golden State is 0-3 ATS as a home underdog of three points or less this season.

The Warriors are 8-9 overall at home this season, including a 5-6 mark versus Western Conference foes.  Shooting guard Monta Ellis is the main offensive threat, averaging 22.0 points per game, while scoring 30-plus points in four of the last nine games.  He ranks seventh in the league in scoring and 17th in averaging 5.9 assists per game.  Golden State has not lost a series to Los Angeles since the 2005-06 season, while also winning eight of the last 11 at home in the series overall.

Bettors will likely back the Warriors due to the home team being 18-8-1 ATS in the last 27 meetings, while the Clippers are 1-4 ATS versus Western Conference teams.

Recommendation: Golden State Warriors +3

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