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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors - 4/21/14

Golden State Warriors (51-31) at Los Angeles Clippers (57-25)

NBA Basketball: Monday, April 21, 2014 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -8 -- Over/Under: 212 See the Latest Odds

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The Los Angeles Clippers look for payback against the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.

Head to head, the home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The Clippers are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games, 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Warriors on the other hand are 11-0 ATS in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Despite the slow start, the Golden State Warriors managed to hang on to a 109-105 victory in the opening game of the 2013/14 playoffs. Things looked grim early on for this young Warriors outfit after missing their first eight shots while falling behind by 11 points. However, Golden State would eventually settle and they took control of the second and third quarters, outscoring the home team by 13 points over that time period, which proved to be the difference in the game. The Warriors were led by David Lee and Klay Thompson, who combined to score 22 points while Harrison Barnes added 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench for Golden State.

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors - 4/21/14

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So what happened to the Los Angeles Clippers after that fast start? Well, both Blake Griffin and Chris Paul were in foul trouble for a good portion of the game, which was their biggest downfall. While Paul still finished with 28 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, Griffin could only log 19 minutes of court time on Sunday, finishing with 16 points.

A blowout wouldn't surprise me here, but I don't think the Warriors are going away anytime soon. While you would expect Griffin to be much more of a factor tonight, it wasn't like Curry and Thompson were super in Game 1 either, combining for 36 points on 13-36 shooting. You would be foolish to think that Curry is going to be held in check like that for a second straight time. LA will come out firing tonight, but I think the Warriors can keep this within eight points...

Dan’s Pick: Golden State +8

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