L.A. Clippers at Golden State Warriors
|Date & Time||Monday April 15, 2019, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Golden State Warriors -13.5 -- Over/Under: 230.5
The Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors meet Monday in game two of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at the Oracle Arena.
The Los Angeles Clippers look for a big upset here to tie up the series before going home for game three. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 104 points on 40.4 percent shooting and allowing 121 points on 49.5 percent shooting. Lou Williams is averaging 25 points and nine assists while Montrezl Harrell is averaging 26 points and five rebounds. Danilo Gallinari is the third double-digit scorer and Patrick Beverley is dishing seven assists. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 46.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Clippers have won five of their last eight road games.
The Golden State Warriors look for another comfortable victory to take a 2-0 series lead. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 121 points on 49.5 percent shooting and allowing 104 points on 40.4 percent shooting. Stephen Curry is averaging 38 points and seven assists while Kevin Durant is averaging 23 points and four rebounds. Klay Thompson is the third double-digit scorer and DeMarcus Cousins is grabbing nine rebounds. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 46.7 percent from beyond the arc and 85 percent from the free throw line. The Golden State Warriors are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game. The Golden State Warriors have won each of their last six home games.
The Clippers are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 Monday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Clippers are 10-21 ATS in the last 31 meetings in Golden State and the road team is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings. The under is 19-7 in Warriors last 26 overall. The over is 10-4 in Clippers last 14 overall.
The Los Angeles Clippers were actually more competitive against the Golden State Warriors than I thought they would be, despite the double-digit loss and failing to cover. After getting blitzed in the first quarter, the Clippers were only outscored in the final three quarters by eight points. That's with the Clippers, a top-10 shooting team and top-five scoring team, shooting under 41 percent from the field. If the Clippers get off to a faster start and don't allow the Warriors to get so many open looks from deep, this is a game they can hang around in from start to finish. Yes, there's a long history of the Warriors beating the snot out of the Warriors, but I'm leaning toward the free buckets based on what we saw in game one.