Where: ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA
When: Monday, April 15, 10:30 PM. ET.
The Golden State Warriors will be trying to take a 2-0 lead in their best of seven series when they take on the Los Angeles Clippers in the second game of their first-round series on Monday night.
Clippers Trying To End Slump
The Clippers picked the wrong time to play bad basketball and will need to turn things around if they don’t want this to be a short series. They have lost four of their last five games and will need to play much better than they have over the past two weeks if they want to steal home court from the Warriors.
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) April 14, 2019
In the first game, the Clippers fell behind quickly and were unable to recover as the Warriors stayed hot the entire game. They will try to get off to a fast start and make the Warriors play from behind this time around, but they will need to shoot the ball better than they did after shooting 40 percent from the field in the first game.
Los Angeles played well offensively during the regular season, averaging 115.1 points per game, which was fifth in the league. The team shot 40 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from three-point range in game one.
Montrezl Harrell leads the way for the Clippers in the playoffs with 26 points and five rebounds. Lou Williams added 25 points and nine assists, while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished with 18 points and five rebounds.
The Clippers didn’t play well on defense, giving up 121 points to the Warriors in their first game. They will need to do a better job if they want to get past the Warriors on Monday.
Warriors Going For Fifth Consecutive Win Over Clippers
The Warriors dominated the Clippers during the regular season winning three of their four meetings. They have now won four consecutive games against the Clippers and will try to make it five wins in a row when they play on Monday night.
The BEST jams from the Dubs' Game 1 victory 💪 pic.twitter.com/Qvl6RvARBm
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) April 14, 2019
Golden State dominated Los Angeles from the opening tip in the first game, but Kevin Durant managed to pick up a technical late in the game after getting into an altercation with Patrick Beverly. The Warriors will need him to keep his composure so he doesn’t accumulate enough technicals that will force him to sit out a game like Draymond Green in 2016.
The Warriors were the second-best offensive team in the league during the regular season, averaging 117.7 points per game. They played much better in the first game, scoring 121 points on 49.5 percent shooting from the field and 46.7 percent from three-point range.
Stephen Curry led the way for the Warriors with 38 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists. Kevin Durant finished with 23 points, four rebounds, and three assists, while Draymond Green added 17 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists.
The Warriors also played well defensively, holding the Clippers to 104 points and will need another solid effort to get the win on Monday night.
Los Angeles is:
- 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss.
Golden State is:
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.