Golden St. Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers
The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers will play game one on Saturday in what may be the most anticipated first round series of the NBA playoffs. The Clippers are -6.5 point favorites over the Warriors.
The Warriors enter the series without big man Andrew Bogut, but are still one of the most dangerous offensive teams in the playoffs. On the season, the Warriors average 104.3 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allow 99.5 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Stephen Curry, who is the heartbeat of Golden State, is shooting 51.3 percent from three and averaging 33.3 points in his last four games. The Warriors are 18-1 in their last 19 games when scoring 100 or more points. The Golden State Warriors are 41-38-3 ATS overall and 22-18-1 ATS on the road.
The Clippers are 100 percent healthy heading into the playoffs and are expected to get Danny Granger back at some point. On the season, the Clippers average 107.9 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allow 101 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Despite splitting their last six games, the Clippers have been in playoff mode for quite some time, shooting 48.4 percent from the field in their last five games and topping 100 points in 10 straight games. Chris Paul is shooting 58.8 percent in his last four games. The Los Angeles Clippers are 46-35-1 ATS overall and 21-20 ATS at home.
The Warriors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 11-1 ATS in their last 12 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games. The home team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
I like the Warriors to win this series due to their overwhelming scoring options and the fact the Clippers are terrible from the free throw line. So, with that said, I’ll take my chances with the Warriors and the points. This Clippers team is overrated and will have a hard time pulling away from the Warriors in this game and series.
Golden St. Warriors +6.5 Los Angeles Clippers