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2021 NBA Handicapping
(39-33) Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers (42-30)
Date: Wednesday, May 19th
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Warriors +190 | Lakers -205
NBA Betting Odds: Lakers -5
NBA Betting Total: 219.5
Wednesday, May 19th, finds the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers playing in the second play-in tournament game of the Western Conference to determine the seventh seed.
The loser will move on with a second shot to participate in the postseason facing the winner of the play-in match between the Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs.
The Lakers hold the all-time record between the clubs with 257 wins in 426 meetings. Over the last two seasons, the Warriors have a single victory in six meetings between the clubs which came this season
Golden State Warriors
Whether it was a rope-a-dope move or not LeBron James stated Stephen Curry deserved to win the 2020-21 MVP award. In fairness Curry did win the scoring title doing so as the primary focus of opposition defenses.
It might also have been a calculated shot at likely winner Nikola Jokic. If the Lakers were to win this game to grab the seventh seed the Lakers would be facing another MVP candidate Chris Paul of the Suns and if they won that series face the Nuggets presumably in the second round.
Or it could just be LeBron paying homage to someone he’s waged copious playoff battles against.
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Golden State finished the season on a terror winning six in a row and eight of their last nine matches.
While Curry had a lot to do with the Dubs’ success Draymond Green was also a major factor in captaining the defense and filling out the stat sheet.
Damion Lee (health and safety protocols) and Kelly Oubre Jr. (left wrist sorenesss) are out. Klay Thompson (Achilles tendon) James Wiseman (meniscus tear) are both lost for the season
Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James high ankle sprain took him out for 20 games and another five but he returned to play the final two matches averaging 24.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, and 1.5 steals in 28 minutes.
Clearly getting a superstar back impacts all aspects of the Lakers system but the most noticeable difference was ball movement, a factor augmented by the return of Dennis Schroder.
The Lakers finished the season ranked as the best defensive squad in a season where scoring was predominant. That prowess could play a major factor as playoff ball tends to be slower paced.
That said, the Lakers will be tested by the Warriors ball and player movement. While stopping guards hasn’t been LA’s best defensive skill the Warriors will be equally challenged trying to deal with Anthony Davis.
Given the Warriors lack of size, it affords the Lakers the option of playing Davis at center where he’ll still have a size and strength advantage.
The NBA injury report states Anthony Davis (shoulder sprain) is questionable and LeBron James (ankle sprain) is probable, but for either of them to miss this game would be absolutely shocking.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Lakers are 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Lakers are 6-4ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 3-6-1 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Warriors are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games.
Free Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
Go back through his career and Andrew Wiggins gets up for two specific teams every season – his hometown Raptors and any team LeBron James is on.
That’s because he was traded as a rookie to Minnesota for Kevin Love. Wiggins took it personally and has delivered some of his best performances against the King and will need another if the Dubs want to challenge in this match.
The big issue may not even be James – rather it will fall upon Green trying to limit Anthony Davis who’ll need help from others like Kevon Looney in that mission.
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