5 Predictions for the Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers NBA Christmas Day Showdown
Who Will Win Clippers vs. Warriors Christmas Day Matchup?
Watching NBA basketball is something almost every sports fan loves on Christmas Day. Every season the league schedules intriguing matchups for fans to observe while celebrating the holiday, and this year is no different.
The Golden State Warriors have played 22 games on Christmas Day in the franchise’s history, holding a 9-13 record in those games. The Los Angeles Clippers, meanwhile, have played in just 11 games on Christmas and also have a losing record of 4-7.
Golden State also hosted the Los Angeles Clippers on Christmas Day in 2011, a game which the Warriors suffered a 105-86 blowout loss in front of their home crowd. The Clippers appeared on Christmas Day last season, taking a 112-100 win at home over the Denver Nuggets.
This Golden State team is much different than the one that hit the court against the Clippers on Christmas Day in 2011, so the result from this game two years ago should be taken with a grain of salt. The Warriors now have Andre Iguodala, a much-improved Klay Thompson and a healthy Andrew Bogut. Golden State’s eighth place standing in the Western Conference should be overlooked as well. They are much better than their record indicates.
The Clippers, however, are among the Western Conference’s elite teams. They will prove to be a formidable opponent for the Warriors at home in Oracle Arena, one of the most difficult places for road teams to win.
Look for this game to be a close one with a much different outcome than its predecessor in 2011.
5. Will Be Best Game This Christmas
The NBA schedule makers saved the best matchup for last on Christmas Day. This Clippers-Warriors game will end up being the best game on Wednesday, and every game before it will end up being blowouts. Those games seemed like they would be entertaining when they were scheduled, but only the Clippers-Warriors game will live up to the hype. It will be a nail biter all the way through the final buzzer. Let’s just hope the east coast stays up to watch this thriller.
4. Off Game for Klay
Golden State guard Klay Thompson struggled for the majority of Golden State’s 89-81 win over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night. Thompson scored eight of his 13 points against the Nuggets in the fourth quarter. The Clippers are a much tougher opponent for Thompson, and I believe he will be unable to break out of this funk throughout this Christmas Day showdown.
3. Clippers Will Dominate Paint
The Golden State Warriors are incredibly thin in the big-man department. Meanwhile, the Clippers have some of the best big men in the league. Blake Griffin won the Western Conference Player of the Week honors last week, and DeAndre Jordan is a beast that no Warrior will be able to match up with. Look for Warriors' Andrew Bogut and David Lee to struggle mightily against Griffin and Jordan. Golden State will need to find hot shooting in order to contend in this game.
2. Warriors Take Upset
The Golden State Warriors love playing in front of their home crowd. They have a 9-4 home record this season at Oracle Arena, which is one of the loudest and most raucous places to play time and time again. The crowd will be extra ecstatic for this primetime matchup on Christmas Day, and I believe home court will be the ultimate decider in this game. The Warriors will inch closer to the Clippers in the Western Conference standings with a win on Wednesday night.
1. Curry Scores 50
Yes, Clippers point guard Chris Paul is one of the best defensive guards in the NBA, but I don’t think that will matter on Christmas Day when he tries to guard Stephen Curry. Curry was in foul trouble for most of the Warriors’ win over the Nuggets on Monday, so I believe he will explode for a huge game on Wednesday. Curry loves to score, and he does so at will. You can’t suppress him for too long. He will hit the court itching to score the basketball come Christmas, and Paul will be unable to stop him. Curry will claim every NBA Christmas Day headline with a 50-point performance against the Clippers.