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2019 NBA Playoffs – Round 1
(0-0) Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors (0-0)
Date: Saturday April 13
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Warriors -12.5
NBA Betting Total: 232
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Saturday, the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors open their bid for a fourth Larry O’Brien Trophy in five years vs. the Los Angeles Clippers.
The top-seeded Warriors coasted 3-1 over Los Angeles during regular season play, defeating LAC by a bulky 18.5 point margin in the teams’ last two meetings. When these groups convened on April 7 Steph Curry scored 27 points in 29 minutes to punctuate a tell-tale 131-104 blowout heading into this #1 versus #8 series.
Los Angeles Clippers
Facing heavy odds before Saturday’s well earned postseason opener, many credit Los Angeles as the NBA’s underdog story of 2019. Working with patchwork pieces after February’s Tobias Harris trade, Doc Rivers authored a memorable season at LA’s helm. Under Rivers’ guidance Los Angeles claimed 48 wins behind upstart talent and gritty veterans. Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams intertwined with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Landry Shamet to create something greater than their collective parts. Now, all that mettle will be needed if the Clippers hope to remain a competitive unit this time next week.
And such notions begin with getting enough defensive aid to allow the NBA’s fifth-ranked offense a chance to shine. Simply, Patrick Beverley must live in Steph Curry’s head throughout this series. If Beverley can frustrate Golden State’s maestro and complicate the Warriors’ usual sets, then perhaps an upset win or two can come Los Angeles’ way.
An upset reminiscent of what took place Nov. 12, 2018 when Lou Williams’ 25 points and Montrezl Harrell’s 23 sparked a Clipper’s bench outburst as LAC weathered Golden State 121-116 in OT. Williams’s volume scoring, especially late, if that opportunity arises, is integral for Los Angeles’ hope of putting the league’s gold standard on its heels -however briefly.
Golden State Warriors
At this point, the names and faces that sparked a basketball revolution are affixed in every NBA fans’ collective minds’ eye. The downscreens, 30-foot three pointers, and timely defensive stops constructed by visionaries Steve Kerr and Bob Myers will remain long after this series. The main question is will the dynasty remain after this postseason? And will the impending media hype of Kevin Durant’s next ‘decision’ alter GSW’s form as the playoff grind wears on?
Even against a capable, overachieving LAC collective the future is by far Golden State’s biggest detractor. That stated, the Warriors coasted through another regular season and allowed Denver to keep the west’s throne warm until winning time arrived.
Fifteen other teams realize what playoff Warriors basketball is. And it’s a whirlwind that defies the team’s regular season rankings and win total. Quite simply, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant and crew supersede any stat line I could add here.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The total has gone under in 16 of GSW’s last 21 games.
- GSW is 8-16-1 ATS in its last 25 home games.
- Over Under is 8-2 in team’s last 10 head to head matchup
Free Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors NBA Prediction:
Expect Golden State to wear a completely different demeanor tonight as each LAC shot is contested and every Warriors set becomes a trial by fire to the Clipps’ young core.
Led by a desire to join Russell’s Celtics, Magic and Kareem’s Lakers, and Michael Jordan’s Bulls Golden State will cover the spread and quiten any doubt surrounding the franchise.
4* Free NBA Playoff Betting Pick: Warriors -13.5
I’ll take the under on tonight’s betting total as GSW’s veteran defense will be dialed in.
NBA Free Game 1 Score Prediction: Clippers – 104 Warriors 118
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