It's well-known by NBA bettors that Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard does not play both ends of a back-to-back. Thus, it seems very unlikely that Leonard is in the lineup Wednesday night as the Clippers play their second game in 24 hours when visiting the Golden State Warriors. In addition, fellow Clips star Paul George is very much in question with an ankle injury. William Hill Sportsbook oddsmakers already have dropped Los Angeles from an opening 4.5-point favorite on the NBA odds to -2, and that line would drop much more if both Leonard and George sit.
Another reason it's all but a lock that Leonard sits here: He played 37 minutes, which is more than usual, Tuesday in the Clippers' 116-113 home loss to San Antonio. Kawhi did play well in hitting 13-for-22 from the field for 30 points to go with 10 assists and not a single turnover.
George, meanwhile, injured the ankle in Sunday's win over Phoenix and had been listed as questionable for Tuesday before being ruled out. Coach Ty Lue opted to go small vs. the Spurs by starting guard Luke Kennard in George's spot. Kennard largely flopped with just nine points, but Nic Batum stepped up with George out and had 21 points and nine rebounds. L.A. remains without another forward, Marcus Morris, who has yet to debut this season due to knee soreness.
Golden State has won two straight and four of five after opening the season with blowout losses in Brooklyn and Milwaukee. Steph Curry is up to second in the league in scoring at 32.0 ppg. He had a career-high 62 points in Sunday's 15-point win over Portland and then 30 in Monday's 31-point rout of Sacramento. Curry's 92 points over the past two games are tied for his third-most over a two-game span. He hasn't had that many since February of his 2015-16 MVP season.
The Warriors are 4-0 this season when scoring 100-or-more points and winless when they fail to reach triple digits. The Dubs have the current NBA Rookie of the Year betting favorite (+250) at William Hill in No. 2 overall pick James Wiseman. He's averaging 11.4 points and 6.1 rebounds.
The Clippers have won three straight in this series and two in a row in San Francisco. They have covered the spread in four consecutive games as the road team vs. the Warriors. However, L.A. is also 2-5 ATS in its past seven playing on no days of rest. These teams play again Friday in San Francisco.
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