In the second game of this Western Conference quarterfinal, the top-seeded and defending champions Golden State Warriors (57-25), who lead the series 1-0 wins after an easy win in the opening game, are hosting the 8th-seeded Los Angeles Clippers (48-34), who have won only once in their last 5 games.
Date/Time: 04-15-2019, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Golden State Warriors -14
Golden State Warriors finished the regular season with a 57-25 record (35-46-1 against the spread) and were placed on top of the West. They have won seven of their last eight matches and in their last game they won at home against the Clippers in Game 1 with a 121-104 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Stephen Curry with 38 ppg, adding team highs both in boards with 15 and in dimes made with 7 per game. He is followed by Kevin Durant with 23 ppg, 3 dimes and 4 boards per game.
Los Angeles Clippers finished the regular season with a 48-34 record (45-36-1 against the spread) and were placed eighth in the West. They have lost four of their last five matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Warriors in Game 1 with a 104-121 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Montrezl Harrell with 26 ppg, adding 5 boards per game. He is followed by Lou Williams with 25 ppg and a team high 9 dimes per game.
In their five previous meetings in the regular season the Warriors led the Clippers 4-1 wins, winning both all three home games. Warriors have a 31-11 home record, while the Clippers are 22-20 on the road. Warriors are better both offensively, scoring 117.7 ppg to Clippers’ 115 ppg and defensively, allowing 111.1 ppg to Clippers’ 114.4. Warriors have a better field goal percentage (49.1% to 47.1%), while both teams have almost identical 3-point percentage (38.7% to 38.6%). Warriors are better in dimes made (29.4 to 24) and in boards grabbed (46.3 to 45.4), while both teams commit exactly 13.8 turnovers per game. Warriors are the absolute favorite once again and Vegas odds give them a -14 spread and expect them to beat the odds for another easy home win.
Los Angeles Clippers vs Golden State Warriors Game 2 Prediction: Golden State Warriors -14 (-108)
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