The LA Clippers absolutely hammered the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 to tie the best of seven series at one game apiece. Tonight the action heads into Oakland as the Warriors expect a crazy home crowd will give them the big boost they’ll need to go up 2-1. The Clippers got a 138-98 victory in Game 2 as the Warriors trailed wire-to-wire and never even got close. This time home court isn’t favoring the Warriors as oddsmakers have the Clippers as -2 point road favorites with the total set at 213.5 points. Golden State took both meetings at home during the regular season. Be sure to check the NBA Playoff Odds for all games tipping off tonight.
The Clippers (1-1, 0-0 V) Blake Griffin was the star but DeAndre Jordan (11 points, nine rebounds, five blocks) and Chris Paul (12 points, 10 assists, five steals) each had their moments. They also got a big boost off the bench as forward Danny Granger led the reserves with 15 points.
“We wanted to make a concerted effort to change the game, and we did that,” forward Danny Granger said. “We came in, we played up-tempo, got some stops on the defensive end, and we pushed the lead from 10 to 21. I don’t think they got any closer after that.”
The only fly in the Clippers ointment right now (aside from the obvious fact that they do have to win in Oakland) is the status of Chris Paul, who was limited in practice by a right hamstring injury but plans to play in Game 3.
The Warriors (1-1, 0-0 H) were dealing with foul trouble to one of their key players as Klay Thompson had to sit early and never got into the flow before the game got away. The Clippers did a strong job in each of the first two games of taking Stephen Curry out of the game, and the All-Star guard only began to find a rhythm in Game 2 during the third quarter but it was too little too late.
David Lee outplayed Griffin with 20 points and 13 rebounds in Game 1 but was held to 11 points and four boards in Game 2 as the Clippers made adjustments. Curry faced the same type of pressure in both games and is 3-for-13 from 3-point range in the series.
The Warriors will try to just put Game 2 behind them. Sometimes it’s easier to ignore a terrible loss like that than it is to let go of a close loss. They needed one win in Los Angeles and they got it.
Road teams have won more games than home teams in the first pairs of games, and Miami is the only home team to have held home court so far. The Bulls and Rockets both lost a pair at home, and all the other series are all split.
Recent Betting Trends to Consider:
Over is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings.
Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Golden State.
Home team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
Clippers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Golden State.
L.A. Clippers at Golden State
When: Thursday April 24@10:30 PM ET
Pick: Warriors +2
The Bottom Line: If Curry gets going and the Warriors outmanned bigs can at least put up a little resistance to Griffin and Jordan then the Warriors are back in business. But their best hope may be that the officials take Griffin out of the game again. We recommend you sign up with Sportsbook to receive a 10% sign up bonus heading into the L.A. Clippers vs Golden State game.