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Golden State Warriors vs. L.A. Clippers - 4/15/19 NBA Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
L.A. Clippers at Golden State Warriors
Date & Time Monday April 15, 2019, 10:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Oracle Arena
Oakland, CA
The Line
The Line: Golden State -14.5 -- Over/Under 230
TV Channel
TNT
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The Los Angeles Clippers look to level the series against the Golden State Warriors at the Oracle Arena in Game 2 on Monday night.

The Los Angeles Clippers will be looking to bounce back after getting blown off the court in a 121-103 road loss the Warriors in Game 1. Montrezl Harrell led the team in scoring with 26 points on 11 of 15 shooting off the bench, Lou Williams added 25 points and nine assists while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander chipped in with 18 points. As a team, the Clippers shot just 40 percent from the field as their starters struggled right from the tipoff as they allowed the Warriors to take control of the game with 69 points in the first half which had them trailing the rest of the way. Harrell and Williams were the lone bright spots for the Clippers while Patrick Beverley and Danilo Gallinari shot a combined five of 20 from the field.

Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors at times looked disinterested during the regular season, but they were ready to go right from the jump as they set the tone with 36 points in the first quarter, before holding off the Clippers with their defense in the second half. Stephen Curry had the hot hand as he drained eight 3-pointers on his way to 38 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists, Kevin Durant added 23 points before getting ejected while Draymond Green chipped in with 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. As a team, the Warriors shot 49 percent from the field and 14 of 30 from the 3-point line as they never looked in danger after taking a 13-point lead going into halftime.

Looking at the betting trends, the Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a loss, 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall. The Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games, 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 27-9 ATS in their last 36 Conference Quarterfinals games.

Head to head, the over is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings, the road team is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the Clippers are 10-21 ATS in the last 31 meetings in Golden State.

The Clippers had their moments in Game 1 as Harrell and Williams looked great on offense, but you never felt like the Warriors were in danger after taking the early lead. I thought there could be a chance that the Warriors allow the Clippers to hang around, but they came out with the right intensity and took care of business despite all the player ejections. I can’t see anything but another win for the Warriors, but this just seems like too many free points on this occasion.

Pick:
Los Angeles +14.5

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