LA Clippers vs Golden State Warriors- 3/31/15 NBA Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions
It will be a battle between two Western conference playoff teams over the national television air of TNT as the LA Clippers are home to the Golden St Warriors at 10:30PM Eastern Time on Tuesday March 31st. These two clubs are among the favorites in NBA fantasy cash leagues.
The NBA regular season is winding down as teams have less than ten games remaining on their regular season which ends on Wednesday April 15th. The Clippers are fighting for home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs as they enter play sitting in the fifth seed out west. Golden St has clinched best record in the west and home court advantage throughout the Western conference playoffs.
Head coach Steve Kerr has commented that he is not in favor of shutting down players down the stretch as it could impact their shooting rhythm. This has to be the delight of mock draft managers. Expect Kerr to rest players on back ends of back to backs down the stretch which the Warriors are not in on Tuesday night. This ends a four game road trip for the Warriors as they are well rested after winning at Milwaukee on Saturday 108-95. LA Clippers return home after a three game east coast trip than ended on Sunday. LA went 3-0 on the trip with blowout wins against the Knicks, 76ers and Celtics where they averaged 116 points per game.
Warriors Point Guards: Stephen Curry has averaged nearly 33 minutes and 32 points the past three games win wins on the road to Milwaukee, Memphis and Portland. He dished out 26 assists in those three games. In three games against the Clippers this season Curry is averaging just 18 points and six assists in an average of 34 minutes on the court.
Warriors Shooting Guards: Klay Thompson saw 34 minutes in the Warriors win at Milwaukee on Saturday as he contributed with 21 points and five boards in a back to back spot. He has hit 24 of 47 on this road trip. Thompson in three games against the Clippers is hitting 50% from the floor.
Clippers Point Guards: Chris Paul like most of the Clippers piled up some great NBA Fantasy points against the likes of the Knicks, 76ers and Celtics. Over his past five games Paul is averaging 22 points and nearly 12 assists. In three games against the Warriors Paul is shooting just 40% and that could be a result of his offensive production suffering due to his work on defense defending Curry.
Clippers Shooting Guards: JJ Redick is coming off a good performance at Boston where he scored 27 points and grabbed down five rebounds in 33 minutes of playing time. He is averaging over 35 minutes a game in March. Jamal Crawford has a calf problem and is targeting an April 7th return date.
Warriors Power Forwards: David Lee has seen limited minutes on this trip as he has logged a total of 38 minutes in three games with 18 points scored. Lee gets the start as Draymond Green has a bad shin. Lee has averaged seven points per game in three games against the Clips.
Warriors Small Forwards: Harrison Barnes with both Curry and Thompson on the court will have limited shot attempts. In his past four games Barnes has just 23 field goal attempts and 36 points.
Clippers Power Forwards: Blake Griffin will most likely be day to day for much of the remainder of the regular season as he returned back to the lineup after an elbow injury. He has played eight games in March and is averaging 17 points and five rebounds per game. He has shot just 38% against Golden St this season. Spencer Hawes has seen limited time now that Griffin is back in the lineup. In his past five games Hawes is averaging just over 15 minutes, four rebounds and four points per game.
Clippers Small Forwards: Matt Barnes was expected to be a defensive minded player but the Clippers veteran has contributed with nearly 13 points and five rebounds per contest over his past five games. He is making 38% from three on the year.
Warriors Centers: If any players from Golden St are to see minutes reduced down the stretch it figures to be Andrew Bogut who is injury prone and it seems he is often lingered with ailments come playoff time. In his past five games Bogut is averaging just over 24 minutes but has averaged 10 rebounds per game.
Clippers Centers: DeAndre Jordan is a major rebounding force for LA. He has averaged over 16 rebounds per game over the team’s past five games. His free throw shooting has been awful but he does get opportunities around the bucket for slam dunks and put backs after offensive rebounds.
NBA Fantasy Roster Picks for your One-Day Leagues:
PG: Stephen Curry (Warriors)
SG: JJ Redick (Clippers)
PF: Blake Griffin (Clippers)
SF: Harrison Barnes (Warriors)
C: DeAndre Jordan (Clippers)