The Los Angeles Clippers hope for a better showing in Game 2 of their first-round series against the Golden State Warriors after taking a 121-104 loss Saturday. The Warriors aim for the commanding series lead at Oracle Arena beginning at 10:30 p.m. Eastern.
We’re 16-5 in our NBA postseason picks thus far with every quarterfinals series having played one game.
Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors: By the Numbers
- The Warriors 17-point margin of victory in Game 1 was their third straight win over the Clippers this year by at least that much.
- Four of five Warriors starters scored at least 12 points in the opener, with PG Stephen Curry‘s 38 leading the way.
- No Clippers players topped eight rebounds in the Game 1 loss. No starter scored more than 18 points and four players finished the game with a double-digit minus rating.
- Golden State shot an absurd .467 from three-point range, led by Curry’s 8-for-12 performance from beyond the arc. The Warriors ranked third in the regular season with a .385 success rate from downtown.
Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors: Best Bet
Moneyline: The Warriors have even lower odds following their convincing Game 1 victory. We’re going to stay far away from the -1300 they’re laying.
Against the spread: The spread has also grown for Game 2 after they covered Game 1’s 12.5 points with relative ease. They’re unlikely to duplicate the success from three-point range they enjoyed in the series opener, likely lowering their offensive output. Take the Clippers to cover +13.5 (-110).
Over/under: Following similar logic as we did with the spread, we’ll take the UNDER on Monday’s total of 231, after the two teams came in six points below that figure Saturday even with Golden State’s otherworldly three-point success.
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