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The L.A. Clippers are looking to push the series to an all-or-nothing Game 7 against the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.
Warriors eyeing close-out win at Staples Center
Through the first five games of the series against the Clippers, the Warriors have remained control of the momentum. This has seen L.A. battle back with a pair of impressive wins on the road, but Golden State has continued to be in the driver seat. Much of this has laid with their explosive offense as the Clippers have yet to have any type of real answer toward slowing them down. The Warriors have posted north of 110 points in each contest while their star power has led the charge on that end of the floor. This has also seen All-Star forward Kevin Durant simply be an unstoppable offensive weapon on the floor with his scoring prowess as he put that on full display in Game 5 scoring a playoff career-high 45 points in the loss. Durant simply scored at will on the floor getting any type of shot that he wanted why putting the ball in the hope in a variety of ways that kept the Warriors in the game that they trailed for much of the contest.
A new #NBAPlayoffs career-high for KEVIN DURANT
(45 points and counting…) pic.twitter.com/FsMivk8HN1
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) April 25, 2019
Durant has been a highly effective offensive weapon in the first five games of the series averaging 32.o points on 56.4 percent shooting from the floor and 38.7 percent from beyond the arc. He has been a major scoring factor in each game as he has notched at least 20 points in every contest and more than 30 in past three straight games. This should continue to be the case with the Warriors looking to close out things on Friday night that will see another strong outing from him that could mirror the 38 points he notched in Game 3 that helped guide his team to a comfortable win. Meanwhile, All-Star point guard Stephen Curry has been a strong scoring option averaging 24.8 points on 48.6 percent shooting from the floor and 51.2 percent from beyond the arc. Curry has scored more than 20 points in four out of the five games played while hitting at least four 3-pointers in each of those such performances. Ultimately, the Warriors should be in peak form to close out the series on Friday night.
Clippers continuing to defy the odds
Entering the first-round playoff series against the defending champion Warriors, many had quickly brushed aside the Clippers as a team that would fall to the waste side in a convincing fashion. However, it has been anything but that as they have continued to battle through the adversity and challenges to have grabbed a pair of wins on the road at Oracle Arena. They have continued to excel with the playing style that has gotten to this point with their competitiveness and drive that has put them in this position to possibly pull off an upset over Golden State if things continue to operate in the manner it has through the first five games of the series. The Clippers have persisted a major thorn in the side of the Warriors behind their balanced play offensively led by their core group of talent both in the starting lineup and off the bench. This has primarily been the case with their play from their reserves with their 1-2 punch from Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell has been a major reason for their success on the floor.
⚡️ @MONSTATREZZ ⚡️
Game 5: 24 PTS | 11-14 FG pic.twitter.com/CZ5sealVrq
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) April 25, 2019
The pick-and-roll combination from these two has proven to be a major defensive issue for the Warriors to defend that has given their big men trouble even when DeMarcus Cousins was on the floor prior to his torn left quadriceps. Williams has been the Clippers’ primary offensive weapon as he’s averaging 24.4 points and 7.8 assists on 50.6 percent shooting from the floor and 40.0 percent from beyond the arc. Williams has been the anchor of their offensive success as he has scored in double figures in each game including three games with more than 20 points with two of those outings being more than 30 points. What has been huge has been his scoring late in games in crucial moments, especially in the Clippers’ two wins in the series.
Meanwhile, Harrell has been a major factor with his scoring as he has been lethal in the pick-and-roll that has created much havoc in the paint for the Warriors to defend as he’s averaging 20.0 points on 75.0 percent shooting from the floor in the series. This has seen him score more than 20 points three times while shooting north of 60 percent from the floor in each game. However, this will simply come down to the Clippers being able to match the defending champions motivation and a strong push to close out the series on Friday night, which will have plenty of offensive fireworks.
- Clippers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight up win.
- Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games.
- Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game.
- Warriors are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following a straight up loss.
- Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last five games after allowing more than 125 points in their previous game.
- Warriors are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS loss.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
It’s hard to believe that the Warriors are going to come out any less motivated to close out this series on Friday night. This should see Durant and Curry put up strong performances that will lead a comfortable win on the road that pushes them to the next round. The Clippers have put up a great fight in the series, but it’s one that Golden State finally wraps up in convincing fashion in Game 6.
Prediction: Golden State -9.5
Full-Game Total Pick
As it has been proven throughout this series, both teams have plenty of offensive firepower that has shown through in practically every contest. This will remain the case, especially for the Warriors in Game 6 with the extra motivation to finally close out the feisty Clippers. Regardless if it’s a one-sided affair, Golden State’s offensive production will more than carry this game past the over/under line.
Prediction: Over 234.5