Golden State Warriors 2016 Playoffs 2nd Round Betting Preview

Golden State Warriors 2016 Playoffs 2nd Round Betting Preview

Written by Ryan Knuppel on Thursday,April 28, 2016 12:20, EDT

The Golden State Warriors took it to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday in Game 5 of their pro hoops odds playoff series to move on to the second round of the Western Conference postseason. Now, the Warriors will await the winner of the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers series. The Warriors set a NBA regular season record for 73 wins this season. Golden State is looking to defend their NBA title from a season ago, as they downed Cleveland. The Warriors lost one game in the series against Houston, but their four wins came fairly easily.

Golden State Warriors 2016 Playoffs 2nd Round Betting Preview

The biggest question is the health of Steph Curry. It appears Curry will likely not play the entire series, but has a chance to be back for the Western Conference Finals. Curry led Golden State in the regular season to 30 points per game. The Warriors as a team were the highest scoring team in all of the NBA with 115 points per game. Shaun Livingston is now the starting point guard, and has done a tremendous job, as the third leading scorer for the Warriors scoring more than 13 per game. Livingston is also dishing out 5 assists per game, on the best passing team in the league.

Golden State also uses their power forward Draymond Green to dominate the paint, and the outside. Green is a fantastic talent out of Michigan State, who is scoring 13.2 points per game, and also ripping down just shy of 10 rebounds per game. The Warriors won their final four regular season games, after a surprising home loss to Minnesota. Golden State ran away with the Pacific Division title, winning by 20 games over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton is one of the top candidates to take the new opening with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Another Oponent, Another Series Win?

The Warriors should win this series. Klay Thompson and Shaun Livingston have found a great connection through the first round. Sure, no Steph Curry can cause a little bit of a problem, but the second round opponent will have plenty of flaws. If the Clippers come from behind and win the series, how will they compete with no Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. If it’s Portland, remember, this is a team that beat the Warriors in the regular season. Golden State does not forget, and look for them to play with a chip on their shoulder. The Golden State Warriors are going to win this series. Take the Warriors in 5 games to get to the Western Conference Finals.