Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors Prediction, Preview, and Odds – 4-13-2019
The Golden State Warriors host the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of a best-of-seven, first-round matchup Saturday night in Oakland, California.
The pairing of the top- and eighth-seeded teams pits the Warriors, the two-time defending champions, against a Clippers club that has beaten them once in each of the last two seasons.
Golden State was one of the best offensive teams in the NBA this season and averaged 117.7 points per game, which was second in the league. The team shot 49 percent from the field and 38 percent from three-point range.The Warriors’ starting lineup Curry, Cousins, Thompson, Durant, and Draymond Green — allowed just 95.1 points per 100 possessions after the All-Star break, making it the best defensive lineup among those that played at least 100 post-break minutes. Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson all averaged 20 plus points per game and DeMarcus Cousins is grabbing 8.2 rebounds. Defense has been an issue in the last two regular seasons and Cousins’ ability to defend in space could be a question mark. But the Warriors’ ability to lock down defensively with their five most talented players on the floor over the last seven weeks is not a good sign for those hoping that their title run will come to an end prematurely..
The Warriors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest, 9-20-1 ATS in their last 30 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. Clippers are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 road games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Both teams come into this series with no significant injuries to report.
The Clippers are among the league’s least-threatening 3-point shooting teams and their designated bail-out artists are their best shooters from distance: Williams and Danilo Gallinari. The latter had a solid season — 19.8 ppg with 43.3 percent shooting on 3-pointers — and is one of the more underrated players in the game.
The Clippers will be prepared for this series because that’s how Doc Rivers-coached teams roll. He should be a strong favorite for Coach of the Year for the way he steered his club and made the necessary changes after the trade deadline to keep the Clippers moving forward. Which means, the Clippers should make for a few suspenseful finishes and that’s a victory in and of itself.
Golden State Warriors
4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.
6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 2 day’s rest.
Los Angeles Clippers
0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Western Conference.
0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
ATS- Against The Spread
Betting against the spread is a good betting strategy when the point spread is low, or the bettor believes the team they are betting on can beat their opponent by at least the point spread advertised. If the bettor believes the team will win big, betting against the spread will result in a huge payout. An example of betting against the spread would be if a wager that the Boston Celtics (-7) would beat the Indiana Pacers (+7). That means the Celtics would have to win by more than 7 points for the individual to win his bet.