Warriors vs Clippers odds and preview for Tuesday, March 10, 2020

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Tuesday's Warriors vs Clippers odds have Kawhi Leonard and company as a double-digit favorite on the road. (Photo credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

While it has prompted a lot of concern and a flurry of cancellations and contingency plans, the coronavirus has yet to have a direct impact on the NBA.

And the Golden State Warriors, perhaps more than anyone, are thankful for that.

Such is the current state of the virus that when Stephen Curry called in sick for work on Friday, the Warriors feared the worst.

The club immediately had their star probed for the virus. When the test came back negative, a collective sigh of relief could be heard in the San Francisco Bay Area, after which Warriors physician Dr. Robert Nied, through the team, issued an unusual press release.

“This morning Stephen Curry was diagnosed with influenza A by a positive viral testing. We have identified his probable source contact who is not part of basketball operations. He has no specific risk factors for COVID-19. He has the seasonal flu. We have begun treatment for Stephen and instituted our team protocol for influenza exposure.”

Warriors vs Clippers odds

DateTuesday, March 10
Time10:40 p.m. ET
How to watch Warriors vs ClippersTNT
Warriors vs Clippers odds – point spread Clippers -12
Warriors vs Clippers odds – total points223.5 over/under

At a time when the spreading virus has prompted a major professional tennis tournament in Southern California to be cancelled and the top-ranked high school boys basketball team in Northern California to forfeit its semifinal game in the state playoffs (only to be rescinded following public outcry), the show will go on when the Los Angeles Clippers visit San Francisco for the second time this season.

Whether the visitors will see Curry is uncertain. After missing Saturday’s 118-114 home win over Philadelphia, he didn’t attend Sunday’s workout and will miss Tuesday’s game as well.

Curry was on hand when the Clippers helped the Warriors formally introduce San Francisco’s new Chase Center to NBA regular-season play in October. Like most of the 63 games that have followed, it proved to be a disastrous night for Golden State.

History will note that the first 14 points in Chase Center history were all scored by the Clippers en route to a 141-122 shellacking that was accomplished without Paul George.

To date, the Clippers still hold the arena record for highest single-game field goal percentage (62.5), while they now share the distinction of having scored the most points, a total the Dallas Mavericks equaled in December.

Afterward, the Warriors’ Steve Kerr was typically candid about his team’s prospects this season, noting, “This is not a one-off. This is the reality.”

So true.

While the Warriors were able to stave off a 50th loss with Saturday’s win over the 76ers, they remain just one defeat away from reaching the mark for the first time since 2010 in Don Nelson’s final season.

Meanwhile, the Clippers have gone on to compete for the Pacific Division title, even though their 112-103 loss in a showdown with the rival Lakers on Sunday left them 6 1/2 games back with just 19 to play.

But games like Tuesday’s carry meaning nonetheless. The Clippers currently find themselves in a tight battle with Denver and Utah for the second, third and fourth spots in the Western playoffs, with the latter relegated to a potential meeting with LeBron James & Co. as early as the second round.

No matter which round, that probably wouldn’t be until May. The Clippers are counting upon being better by then, both by building upon the confidence created by two wins in three games over the Lakers so far this season, and through the familiarity they hope newcomers Marcus Morris, Reggie Jackson and Joakim Noah will have gained.

“You learn in wins and losses,” LA coach Doc Rivers said Sunday. “You’d rather learn in wins, it’s more enjoyable. But I saw a lot of things during the game.”

In a rivalry that appears, on paper, to have been dominated of late by the Warriors, Golden State's players and fans have grown to respect that other club from the south.

The Clippers were the last team to beat Golden State in a playoff series that wasn’t the NBA Finals, a 4-3 first-round ouster in 2014 that cost Mark Jackson his job.

And while the Clippers fell 4-2 to the Warriors in a first-round rematch last April, they perhaps exposed a vulnerability in the defending champs, winning twice in three tries on Golden State’s former home court in Oakland.

That takes us to Tuesday, when the Clippers, having also beaten the Warriors 109-100 in LA in January, can clinch the season series for the first time since 2006.

Of course, a Clippers visit means another Kawhi Leonard sighting in the San Francisco Bay Area, and those often have been newsworthy.

Leonard had a Game 6 double-double in Oakland when the San Antonio Spurs eliminated the Warriors in the second round of the playoffs in 2013.

He stepped on Zaza Pachulia’s foot in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals in 2017, having scored 26 points in 24 minutes before his absence led to a Warriors comeback and, eventually, a series sweep.

The controversial conclusion to his Spurs era formally occurred in Oakland as well, although he was not a participant in the Warriors' 4-1 first-round series win over San Antonio in 2018.

And, of course, he returned healthy and triumphantly last May/June as a member of the Toronto Raptors, earning NBA Finals Most Valuable Player honors after leading the Eastern club to a 4-2 series win, with three wins (thanks to Leonard’s 30, 36 and 22 points) coming at Golden State.

Four months before he opened the Chase Center, he closed the Oakland Coliseum Arena.

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