The Los Angeles Clippers appear to have angered the defending champion Golden State Warriors, and that isn’t good news for the rest of the league. After coming back from more than 31 points down to steal Game 2 on the road, the Los Angeles Clippers have gotten the best shot from Golden State. The Warriors won both games in LA to take a 3-1 series lead in advance of Game 5.
Golden State came into the playoffs as the top seed in the Western Conference, and they have looked like the favorites in this series. The Los Angeles Clippers have been trying to run with the Warriors in this series, but they just can’t keep up. Expect another fast-paced and chippy game on Wednesday night as the Clippers are fighting for their life. Golden State is a -14.0 point favorite in this game.
Splash Brothers Are Back
Klay Thompson struggled in the first three games of this series but busted out in a big way in the Game 4 victory. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry are both shooting better than 47 percent from the three-point line, and they are a big problem for the Clippers. Golden State is averaging more than 124 points per game in this series, and they won’t slow down in Game 5. The Warriors offense is for real.
The Warriors do have some things to clean up moving forward, and taking care of the ball is on top of that list. Golden State is averaging 17.0 turnovers per game, and their carelessness with the ball has led to quick offense for the Clippers. Kevin Durant might be in his final season with the Warriors, but he has put up monster numbers again. The former MVP is averaging 29 points per game to lead the team.
Bench Carrying Clippers Offense
The Los Angeles Clippers might have the best bench unit in the playoffs, but they are need of more production from their starters. Shooting guard Lou Williams leads the team with 22.3 points per game, and Montrezl Harrell has chipped in with 19.0 points per game. These two players have done their best to keep the Clippers in this series, but they just can’t do it alone.
Los Angeles is averaging 9.5 steals per game, and their pressure defense has clearly bothered the Warriors. The problem for the Clippers is that when the Warriors do break through their pressure, they are able to get easy buckets. Los Angeles allowed 114.3 points per game during the regular season, and that trend has continued in this series. The Clippers must buckle down on the defensive end of the floor.
Golden State Rolls Over Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers have had a terrific season, but it is going to come to an end on Wednesday night. Los Angeles has been a worthy opponent in this series, but they just don’t have enough offense to pull off another victory. Look for the Warriors to stay hot on offense and roll to a series win in Game 5. Bet the Golden State Warriors -14.0 over the Los Angeles Clippers.