What can I say about Steph Curry that has not been said already? The two-time MVP has been absolutely unconscious in his last 11 games and last night have been the best performance of all of them. Curry dropped 49 points on 14-of-28 shooting in the Warriors’ win over the 76ers on Monday night, and with that performance he became the first player in NBA history age 33 or older to score 30 or more points in 11 straight games.
Want to be even more impressed? Just look at his statistics over this 11-game run: 40.0 points per game on 54.1% shooting from the floor and 49.7% on 14.3 3-point attempts per game. Those numbers are not just for show either. In these 11 games Golden State is 7-4 SU and ATS with wins over contenders like Philadelphia, Denver and Milwaukee.
This run also has the Warriors nipping at the heels of Memphis in the race for the eighth seed in the Western Conference which is suddenly of great importance. Control of the eighth seed when the season ends means Golden State needs just one win to solidify its spot in the postseason, as opposed to two if they were to fall in the ninth or 10th spot.
Draymond Green said a few weeks ago that a play-in game did not motivate him but it seems pretty clear his teammate feels some kind of way about making a postseason run, and we are the beneficiaries.
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*Indicates team is on the second leg of a back-to-back.
The Main Event
Los Angeles Clippers (-8, 226.5) at Portland Trail Blazers
There has been no better team than the Los Angeles Clippers since the All-Star break. Los Angeles is 16-5 SU/15-6 ATS in those 21 games with a +9.5 net rating. Their offense has been astounding, averaging 118.4 points per 100 possessions while leading the league in 3-point shooting at 42.6% on 34.6 attempts per game. Serge Ibaka and Patrick Beverley are still out due to injury, but Paul George and Kawhi Leonard have been active which is all that matters for the Clippers. They look to keep it rolling tonight against a Trail Blazers team that is going to be short-handed.