Los Angeles Clippers (48-34 SU, 45-37-1 ATS) at Golden State (57-25 SU, 36-46-1 ATS)
Monday, 10:30 P.M. ET
Free NBA Pick: Clippers ATS
Recommended Sportsbook: Pinnacle
The Clippers definitely see areas of needed improvement as they seek to even up the series 1-1 against the defending champion Warriors on Monday night in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.
The Warriors overcame 21 turnovers and the ejection of Kevin Durant to post a 121-104 victory in Game 1 of the best-of-7 series Saturday. Golden State prevailed by blocking 14 shots, limiting the Clippers to 40.4 percent shooting and getting a game-high 38 points from Stephen Curry.
The win was the Warriors’ sixth straight in a playoff opener and the 20th in their last 21 postseason home games. It happened without Durant for the final 4:41 after he and Clippers guard Patrick Beverley twice got nailed with dueling technical fouls in a stretch of just 19 seconds. Both were ejected.
Curry was the difference in Game 1, and the majority of his points came on 8-for-12 shooting on 3-pointers, on a night when he passed Ray Allen for the all-time NBA lead in postseason 3-pointers. Curry also found time for a postseason career-high 15 rebounds, helping Golden State run up a 53-40 dominance over the Clippers on the boards.
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers wouldn’t divulge if he was considering lineup changes. Reserves Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell each made a rare start when the Clippers visited Oakland earlier this month, but the duo has led Rivers’ second unit all season. Lou Williams will most likely win the sixth man of the year award and Harrell will is the honorary seventh man of the year with his dynamic play. The Clippers will need more from their supporting cast if they wish to stay competitive against the Warriors.
The Clippers are 23-18-1 ATS on the road this season and have had success in terms of covering the spread against the Warriors this season. Golden State comes into the game being favored by 13 points and that is entirely too much of a spread for them to cover against a Clippers team that will surely compete.