Los Angeles Clippers vs Golden State Warriors / NBA – After shocking defeat in the second game that was played in Oakland the Warriors allowed no surprises in the first game played in Los Angeles. With victory 132-105 they returned the break and take a lead in series 2-1. This game will take place in Staples Centre and we expect fast and efficient basketball.
Los Angeles Clippers vs Golden State Warriors begins 21.04.2019 at 21:30 CET
Los Angeles Clippers
After -31 and record return in the second game the Clipper knew that the third game with the Warriors will be anything but easy. Beginning of the game confirmed their fears since the guests played fantastically in the first quarter and won it by 41-24. The Clippers first five (excluding Zubac who scored 18 points and had 14 rebounds) had played probably the worst game this season. If we exclude Zubac, the rest of the first five had scored together only 28 points and had shooting from the field 6/30 (three pointers 2/17).
In general shooting from the field was bad, just 37%, and for three points was even worse – 22%. That is definitely not way to win reigning champions, especially if you allow them to have their own shooting at 55%! The Clippers had never lead in the third game, and at one point they again had -31, but return like the one in the second game was nowhere near.
Probable lineups Los Angeles Clippers: Gilgeous-Alexander, Shamet, Beverly, Gallinari, Zubac
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors set new NBA record with winning the third game since they won minimally one away game in last 20 play-off series. Also, with four three-pointers Curry become the first player who scored over 400 three-pointers in play-off games. The Warriors played inspiredly; they had 35 assists, while Bogut and Looney fairly well compensated absence of injured centre Cousins.
Durant was the best player in the team with 38 points, Curry added his 21 points, and as a team their shooting for three points was at 43%. It was interesting that Curry spent only 20 minutes on the court, but he made five fouls. The Warriors shooting from the field in the first quarter was at incredible 73%, and they started very aggressively, determined to rectify all mistakes made in the second game. They are going to be even more determined now as if they win they would come into situation to win the series in the fifth game that will be played in front of their fans.
Probable lineups Golden State Warriors: Curry, Thompson, Durant, Green, Bogut
Los Angeles Clippers vs Golden State Warriors PICK
We expect an open game in which the guests are again favourites to win. They learn a lot from the second game, especially that no relaxation is allow throughout the whole game. The Clippers should play better, as new defeat would take them to the brink of elimination. That is why we forecast an efficient match in L.A.
Pick: over 235 points
Odds: 1.90 at bet365 (down to 1.83 can be played)
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