The NBA has two Game 5’s on the board for Wednesday night, with both games potentially close out games. One of these games on April 24, will be between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors will look to move onto the second round again with a big victory at home. This game is set to start at around 10:30 PM Eastern time.
Los Angeles was able to finish out the regular season with a record of 48-34, which earned them the eighth seed in the Western Conference. The Clippers struggled to end the season, losing three of their last four games. Los Angeles has looked solid at times against Golden State, but have just looked outmatched throughout the series.
The Warriors finished in the top spot of the Western Conference with a record of 57-25, which put them three games ahead of the Denver Nuggets, who were above them most of the season. Golden State had a strong finish to the season, winning eight of their last ten games. The Warriors will look to close out their first-round series with a big win on Wednesday night.
The regular season series between the Clippers and the Warriors went 3-1 in favor of Golden State. Los Angeles was able to win the first game of the season series at home, but lost three straight games against the Warriors. The Clippers will look to pull off an upset in Game 5 to try and keep the series alive and send it back to Los Angeles.
Game 1 of the playoff series was hosted by Golden State on April 13. The Clippers saw their bench put up a tough performance as Montrezl Harrell dropped 26 points and Lou Williams had 25 points. Steph Curry came to play in Game 1 though as he scored 38 points and had 15 rebounds. Kevin Durant added 23 points as the Warriors rolled to a 121-104 win at home.
The second game of the playoff series was on April 15. Steph Curry added 29 points, while Kevin Durant put up another 21 points as it looked like the Warriors were going to grab a 2-0 series lead. The Clippers did not go away though. Lou Williams had 36 points and 11 assists, while Montrezl Harrell had 25 points and 10 rebounds. Los Angeles erased a 31 point deficit to pull off a huge 135-131 upset on the road.
Game 3 shifted to Los Angeles on April 18. Ivica Zubac had 18 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Clippers, but it was not nearly enough. Kevin Durant went off for a 38 point night. Steph Curry added 21 points, while Andre Iguodala put up 15 points off the bench. The Warriors were able to bounce back with a big 132-105 win on the road.
The fourth game of the series stayed in Los Angeles on April 21. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a 25 point night. Danilo Gallinari had 16 points, while Patrick Beverley stepped up with 12 points and 10 rebounds, but it was still not enough. Kevin Durant dropped 33 points, while Klay Thompson put up 32 points for Golden State. This helped propel the Warriors to a 113-105 win to take both games on the road and a 3-1 series lead.
Besides the tremendous comeback that the Clippers pulled off in Game 2, the Warriors have just looked to be too much for Los Angeles to handle. In Game 4, the Clippers kept up with Golden State for a while, but eventually, they could not stay as hot as the entire Warriors lineup.
Los Angeles has been around the middle of the pack for playoff teams when it comes to shooting. The Clippers offense has been doing well against the Warriors, making around 43.8 percent of their shots from the field. Los Angeles has been able to sink around 36.8 percent of their shots from behind the three-point line in this playoff series.
The Warriors have been the best team in the playoffs when it comes to shooting the three ball and shooting from the field. Golden State has been able to make around 51 percent of their shots from the field, while sinking 41.9 percent of their three-point shots. The Warriors shooting have been what has propelled them to this series lead.
The Clippers were a really strong team at both making three-point shots in the regular season and defending behind the arc. Los Angeles will need to dig deep and play as they did in the regular season if they want to stay alive. Golden State has caught fire since entering the playoffs and the Clippers will need to find a way to cool them down.
Los Angeles’ bench has been where the Clippers have gotten a large chunk of their points. Lou Williams is averaging around 22.5 points and 7.5 assists per game off the bench. Montrezl Harrell has averaged 19 points per game. Danilo Gallinari is averaging 16 points per game, while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has averaged 13.5 points per game.
Kevin Durant has been off to a strong start to the playoffs, averaging 29 points, 5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. Stephen Curry has been solid as well, putting up an average of 25 points, 5.5 assists and 8 rebounds per game. Klay Thompson is averaging around 18.5 points per game, while Draymond Green has averaged 12.5 points and 8 assists per game.
The Clippers bench has been what has kept them in this series. Los Angeles will need their starting lineup to step up and provide some support if they want to stay alive in this series. I believe that Curry and Kevin Durant will continue to go off against the Clippers though, which will make it very hard for them to crawl out of this hole.
The Warriors have been the better team in this series, but I believe that with the series on the line, Los Angeles will come out quick. It will take a lot of big things for the Clippers to pull off the upset in Game 5, but I believe that they will at least keep this game somewhat close.
BetOnline has Golden State listed as a -14 against the spread. Los Angeles has the better payout against the spread as they are listed as a -105, while the Warriors are listed at -115. I believe that Golden State will likely win this game, but I think that the Clippers have a good chance to keep it close. I believe there is a lot of value in picking Los Angeles.