Frankly, it would be a surprise if the top-seeded Golden State Warriors didn’t sweep the No. 8 Los Angeles Clippers in their Western Conference first-round series. The Dubs are again double-digit NBA Betting favorites for Game 2 on Monday night.
Clippers vs Warriors 2019 NBA Playoffs Spread & Game 2 Pick
- When: Monday, 10:30 PM ET
- Where: Oracle Arena
- TV: TNT
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- 2019 NBA Playoffs Spread: Golden State Warriors -13.5 (Total 231)
Why Bet on LA Clippers?The Clippers were largely outclassed in their 121-104 Game 1 loss to Golden State. Rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made 6-of-16 attempts (3-of-4 FTs) for 18 points in Saturday’s loss, adding five rebounds, one assist, three blocks, and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes. He became the youngest player to have a game of at least 18 points, five boards and three blocks in NBA playoff history. SGA was the 17th rookie in NBA history to score at least 18 points in under 35 minutes in their playoff debut and the first since Ben Gordon on 4/24/05.
Montrezl Harrell scored a team-high 26 points (11-of-15 FGs, 4-of-8 FTs) with five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 30 minutes. It was the best playoff game of Harrell’s career, who played just a small bench role a few years ago when he was in the postseason with the Rockets. Harrell’s 22 first-half points were the most by any reserve in the first half of a playoff game since Jamal Crawford in 2016. He’s the second player since 1985 to log 25+ points, 5+ rebounds, 2+ blocks and 2+ steals off the bench in a postseason game (Blair Rasmussen, 4/22/86) and the only player to do so in 30 or fewer minutes played.
Lou Williams scored 25 points (11-of-21 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with nine assists in 32 minutes. Williams and Harrell led the bench unit, scoring 51 of their 64 points. Unfortunately for the Clippers, the rest of the team scored just 53 points. Williams became the third player since 1985 to log 25+ points and 9+ assists off the bench in a postseason game (Sam Cassell – 30/12 on 5/30/95 & Paul Pressey – 25/12 on 4/29/90), and the only player in that span to do so in under 36 minutes played.
Danilo Gallinari made 4-of-14 attempts and 4-of-4 free throws for 15 points with eight rebounds, one assist, three steals, and three 3-pointers. He picked up a technical foul in the second quarter after arguing a non-call against him, which threw him off of his game for a bit. Patrick Beverley scored just three points on 1-of-6 shooting but added seven rebounds, seven assists, one steal, and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes. Beverley had the unenviable task of guarding Kevin Durant.
- Total Score: 115.01
- Field Goal Percentage: 47.08
- Three-Point Percentage: 38.72
- Free Throw Percentage: 79.17
- Total Rebounds: 45.41
- Total Score: 114.37
- Field Goal Percentage: 45.74
- Three-Point Percentage: 34.42
- Free Throw Percentage: 77.74
- Total Rebounds: 45.86
Why Bet on Golden State?Steph Curry was amazing in Game 1, scoring 38 points (11-of-16 FGs, 8-of-9 FTs) with a career-high 15 rebounds, seven assists, one block, and eight 3-pointers in 37 minutes. Curry became the NBA’s all-time leader in playoff triples, passing Ray Allen’s previous mark of 385. It took him 80 fewer games than Allen to reach that mark. Clippers coach Doc Rivers chose to put Patrick Beverley on Kevin Durant, which opened things up for Curry to go nuts.
Durant scored 23 points (8-of-16 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs) with four rebounds, three assists, one steal, three blocks, and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes. Durant (270 career playoff 3-pointers) is six 3-pointers away from tying Paul Pierce (276) for 10th place on the NBA all-time career playoffs 3-pointers.
Draymond Green scored 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting against the Clippers, adding seven rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block, and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.
DeMarcus Cousins struggled in his playoff debut, scoring nine points on 4-of-12 shooting with nine rebounds, four assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and six turnovers in 20 minutes. Cousins fouled out in his 20 minutes of action while posting a team-worst rating of minus-18. Yet the Warriors still won easily.
The Warriors have won seven consecutive postseason games dating back to Game 6 of the 2018 Western Conference Finals vs. Houston. Golden State recorded an all-time franchise postseason-high tying 14 blocks (previous: 14 on April 27, 1989, at Utah) in Game 1. The Warriors’ 2018-19 regular season high was 11 blocks (occurred three times).
Golden State recorded 31 assists and is 17-0 dating back to the 2014-15 postseason when dishing out 30-or-more assists. During the 2018-19 regular season, the Warriors had a 33-5 (.868) record in games in which they handed out at least 30 assists.
Golden State has a 35-32 record in Game 2 of a playoff series, including 13-3 since the 2015 NBA Playoffs. The Warriors have won 20 of their last 21 home playoff games (last home loss was May 22, 2018, vs. Houston, Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals).
- Total Score: 117.72
- Field Goal Percentage: 49.07
- Three-Point Percentage: 38.59
- Free Throw Percentage: 80.14
- Total Rebounds: 46.28
- Total Score: 111.13
- Field Goal Percentage: 44.32
- Three-Point Percentage: 34.72
- Free Throw Percentage: 77.25
- Total Rebounds: 44.27
Clippers vs Warriors 2019 NBA Playoffs Betting Trends
- Over is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings
- Over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Golden State
- Clippers are 10-21 ATS in the last 31 meetings in Golden State
- Road team is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings
- Clippers are 1-10 ATS in April games over the last 2 seasons
- Clippers are 234-288 ATS after a loss by 10 points or more since 1996
- Warriors are 28-10 ATS in the first round of the playoffs since 1996
- Warriors are 36-46 ATS in all games this season