Well, the Los Angeles Clippers were angry enough after losing their playoff opener at home to the Golden State Warriors that they decided to take some action. The result was a 40-point win in Game 2 that was one of the more embarrassing moments of the Warriors’ season. Not it is Golden State’s turn for payback, and they will undertake to get it when NBA playoff betting action gets underway Thursday night at 10:35 PM ET at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.
The Clippers were not a bad road team on the season, going 25-15 against the basketball pointspread. The Warriors were 27-14 straight-up at home this season. They have covered seven of their eight games this season that followed a double-digit loss, and that is the situation they find themselves in right now.
Golden State certainly hopes that Stephen Curry can get himself on the right track, at least when it comes to hitting shots from long range. So far in the two games, he has made just three of his 13 attempts from downtown.
Los Angeles Clippers -1.5
Golden State Warriors +1.5
Over 215 points -110
Under 215 points -110
The Warriors won the first game of this series while extracting a big edge in the paint, and part of that success was rooted in getting Blake Griffin into foul trouble. Griffin actually fouled out of Game 1, playing only 19 minutes. And Golden State really had its way underneath. Interestingly, if you look at the stats, Griffin did indeed score 16 points in those 19 minutes, and that told a lot of NBA bettors something about what he could do if he was only able to stay on the floor.
Well, VietBet customers found out exactly what he was capable of in Game 2, when he had 35 points on 13-for-17 shooting in just 30 minutes. So Griffin has literally tallied better than a point a minute against the Golden State defense. No matter who humiliated and angry the Warriors are about their 138-98 loss on Monday night, they are going to have to put a halt to his dominance.
Golden State fumbled the ball all over the place in game 2, turning the ball over 26 times. But there were other metrics that worked for them. They shot 47% from the field, and actually had an edge in terms of points in the paint (54-46). Of course, NBA playoff bettors know that since this game was never really competitive (the Clippers led by 26 at the half), those numbers were skewed a bit, since there was a lot of “garbage time.”
The Clippers have not been a very successful team playing in the Bay Area, as they have dropped 15 of their last 17 appearances at the Oracle Arena. Also, basketball betting trends indicate that these teams have made it difficult for oddsmakers setting numbers on totals. The Clippers have played five straight “overs” and ten of their last 12, and the Warriors have exceeded the total in five consecutive contests.
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