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L.A. Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors - 4/18/19 NBA - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Golden State Warriors at L.A. Clippers
Date & Time Thursday April 18, 2019, 10:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Staples Center
Los Angeles, California
The Line
The Line: L.A. Clippers +8 -- Over/Under: 237
TV Channel
TNT
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The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers meet Thursday in game three of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at the Staples Center.

The Golden State Warriors look to retake control of this series by snagging a 2-1 lead after blowing a 31-point lead in game two. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 126 points on 50.9 percent shooting and allowing 119.5 points on 47.8 percent shooting. Stephen Curry is averaging 33.5 points and 6.5 assists while Kevin Durant is averaging 22 points and 4.5 rebounds. Draymond Green is the third double-digit scorer and Klay Thompson is dishing two assists. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 43.1 percent from beyond the arc and 87.7 percent from the free throw line. The Golden State Warriors are allowing 41 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game. The Golden State Warriors have won six of their last nine road games.

The Los Angeles Clippers look for another upset win to take a surprising 2-1 series lead. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 119.5 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 126 points on 50.9 percent shooting. Lou Williams is averaging 30.5 points and 10 assists while Montrezl Harrell is averaging 25.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. Danilo Gallinari is the third double-digit scorer and JaMychal Green is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 43.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Clippers have won 10 of their last 13 home games.

The Warriors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest, 27-10 ATS in their last 37 Conference Quarterfinals games and 4-14 ATS in their last 18 Thursday games. The Clippers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest, 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Warriors are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in LA and the road team is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings. The over is 10-4 in Clippers last 14 overall. The under is 19-7 in Warriors last 26 overall.

The Golden State Warriors likely still win this series, but they opened up a can of worms by blowing the biggest lead in playoff history and giving the Clippers a new level of confidence. There's also the loss of DeMarcus Cousins, which taps into their already limited depth. The Los Angeles Clippers were already a gritty, feisty bunch that plays hard until the end, but now they have the belief that they can beat the Warriors or at least give them a run for their money. Remember, the Clippers were only outscored by eight points in the final three quarters of game one, so this has been an overlooked competitive series up to this point. The Warriors have failed to cover 10 of their last 16 road games when favored and have failed to cover seven of their last 12 road gams when favored by five or more points. The Los Angeles Clippers have won 10 of their last 13 home games, and it's where they shot 47.5 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from three. I want the free points.

Pick:
L.A. Clippers +8

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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