Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 5/3/14
Golden State Warriors (51-31) at Los Angeles Clippers (57-25)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -7 -- Over/Under: 209.5 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers host the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 tonight.
The Warriors were facing elimination in Game 6 but were able to get back to familiar surroundings and a familiar gameplan which worked nicely. Coach Jackson was able to set up more plays for Stephen Curry and he delivered with 24 points and nine assists while taking 24 shots while Andre Iguodala added 15 points of his own. Klay Thompson was kept relatively quiet with just nine points while David Lee fouled out in just 26 minutes, but the Warriors got a big lift from Draymond Green who stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and five steals.
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As for the Clippers, Jamal Crawford led the team with 19 points off the bench while Matt Barnes added 18, but with Blake Griffin, JJ Redick and Chris Paul all battling foul trouble, the Clippers looked seriously out of sync which led to team shooting a series-low 36.8 percent from the field. After getting just about any shot they wanted against the Warriors in Game 5, the Clippers really looked poor on Friday, but the good news is that they return home to the Staples Center where they're averaging 118.7 points in this series.
In ATS trends, the Warriors are 14-2 ATS in their last 16 Conference Quarterfinals games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall, while the Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games but just 2-9 ATS in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games.
Head to head, the Warriors are just 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in Los Angeles and the Over is 7-1 in the last eight.
It feels like all of the last three games have been labelled as "must win" for one team or another, so given how close this series has been, a Game 7 decider seems about right. You could make an argument for either side in this one, but I can't resist taking the Warriors with the points in what should be a high-scoring game.