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Game 3: LA Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Picks & ATS NBA Handicapping Preview

Los Angeles vs Golden State NBA Odds

The Golden State Warriors beat the Clippers both meetings at home during the regular season and will look to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Quarterfinals against Los Angeles on Thursday night in Oakland. [ad-4468020]

Date/Time: 10:30 PM ET, Thursday, April 24, 2014
Venue: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Broadcast: TNT
Spread: +1.5 Warriors
Over/Under: 215

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Los Angeles fell in game one at the Staples Center, but came roaring back in game two, to even the series, demolishing the Warriors 138-98 on Tuesday.

The Clippers never trailed in the game and really turned up the offensive heat in the second half as Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul each took turns at the Warriors’ defense.

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Griffin racked up a playoff career high of 35 points in game two, as the Clippers showed up in full force, playing at a furious pace, while making some key stops on the defensive end.

Los Angeles also got a big lift from its bench, led by forward Danny Granger, who tallied 15 points, and as a team shot 56.6 percent from the field, 48 percent from three and 91.4 percent from the free throw line.
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Meanwhile, the Warriors got caught off guard and spent most of the game two dealing with foul trouble to one of their key players as Klay Thompson rode the bench early on.

All-Star guard Stephen Curry faced the same type of pressure as in game one, going 3-for-13 from 3-point range in the series.

The Clippers did a good job taking Curry out of the game, as he was never really able to find his rhythm.

Forward David Lee was also held in check, with just 11 points and four boards in game two, after outplaying Griffin just two days prior.

Notes:

1. Paul was limited in practice by a right hamstring injury but plans to play in Game 3.

2. Jordan, who finished third in the NBA Defensive Player of the Year voting, has recorded five blocks in each of the first two games.

3. Golden State took both meetings at home during the regular season.

Betting Trends:

  • Over is 20-7 in LAC last 27 road games.
  • Over is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings.
  • Home team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.

Matt’s Prediction:

The Clippers didn’t look great in game one, but made adjustments in game two.

Griffin is shooting 59.7 percent in his last four games, and as a team the Clippers are now shooting 48.6 percent from the field in their last five games.

In the meantime, the Warriors made just four of 19 threes in their game two loss and turned the ball over 26 times.

This is a coin toss when it comes down to it, but the Clippers are just playing better ball right now.

Take LA.

Warriors 115, Clippers 112

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