Earlier this decade, when Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were both in LA, Clippers-Warriors was one of the better rivalries in the league. The dislike between the two franchises is back in the spotlight because of their first round playoff matchup.
The Clippers hung with the defending champions but faded in the second half of Game 1. Head coach Doc Rivers was particularly upset with the officiating on Saturday. He hopes the whistle will be a little more to his liking in Game 2 at the Oracle Arena.
NBA Playoffs Point Spread and Betting Analysis
The Clippers are now 0-5 against the spread in their last five games overall following their 17-point loss in Game 1. LA is also 3-9 ATS in its last 12 postseason contests dating back to the 2015-16 campaign. Even worse, the club is 10-21 against the number in its last 31 trips to the Bay Area.
Los Angeles is allowing 129.2 points per game over its last five, but the Under is 3-0 in its last three matchups against the Dubs.
Golden State improved to 7-0 straight up and 6-1 ATS in its last seven playoff games dating back to last spring. The Warriors are 8-2 SU in their last 10 against the Clippers and they’re 3-0 against the number in the last three meetings.
The Under is 8-2 in the Dubs’ last 10 postseason contests and 3-0 in the last three games against the Clippers.
The early betting action at Sports Interaction suggests that the public thinks the Game 2 spread is too big. About 75 percent of the spread bets are on the Clippers to cover as 14-point underdogs.
The strength of the Clippers resides on their bench with Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell. The duo combined for 51 of the team’s 104 points in Game 1. Rivers will need more offensive production from his starters in Game 2. The five-man unit shot 12-for-44 on Saturday – including a 4-for-14 night for Danilo Gallinari.
Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry earned the Game 1 headlines thanks to a big stat line and his overtaking Ray Allen for most career 3-point makes in NBA playoff history. G-State supporters were really talking about another one of their All-Stars.
Draymond Green scored 13 points in the first quarter against the Clippers – which marked his highest point total in a single quarter all season. Seeing Green aggressive at the offensive end of the court is a major bonus for the Warriors.
Opposing defences purposely cheat off of Green in the hopes of encouraging the former Defensive Player of the Year to let it fly from deep. Three years ago Green was making 38.8 percent of his 3-point attempts. That percentage has steadily dropped with the lowest point coming this season (28.5 percent on 3-point attempts).
Green shot 2-for-4 from beyond the arc in Game 1 and made seven of his 12 attempts overall from the field. It’ll be huge for the Warriors if Green’s hot shooting continues in the postseason.