Los Angeles Clippers host Golden State Warriors on Wednesday in a huge Eastern Conference showdown.
Golden State, who lost the Finals Series to Cleveland Cavaliers last season, boast the best record in the NBA with 18-3, while the Clippers are third in the Eastern Conference with 16-6.
This December match-up is considered an early indicator of where the title may end up this season but Clippers forward Blake Griffin feels the media add extra “hype” to the occasion.
“Any time there’s hype … this is the most media I’ve seen before a game all season,” Griffin said, as reported by the Los Angeles Daily News.
“So, obviously, you guys will make it that.” The Warriors are 1.53 to come out on top and the Clippers are 2.50.
Clippers guard Jamal Crawford insists his side head into the clash in confident mood after bouncing back from three successive defeats with a 113-94 win in Cleveland.
They backed that up with another win over New Orleans Pelicans but lost to Indiana Pacers earlier this week at the Staples Center.
However, Crawford remains confident they can see off Golden State on Wednesday, in a match-up that takes place in the early hours of Thursday morning for European fans.
“We’re a confident group,” he said. “We really are. After losing three in a row, I’m not sure a bunch of people gave us a chance going into Cleveland. We felt good about it the whole time.”