Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors
Wednesday, 10:30 P.M. ET
Free NBA Pick: Clippers ATS
Best Line Offered: 5Dimes
The Clippers have put forth a valiant effort to even make it this far on the year and will do whatever is in their power to not have the magical ride end tonight. The Golden State Warriors hope to avoid giving their future competition any scheduling advantage as they seek to close out the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 5 of their first-round series Wednesday night in Oakland. The top-seeded Warriors rebounded from a shocking home loss in Game 2 to sweep a pair in Los Angeles, putting themselves one win away from the Western Conference semifinals.
The defending champions would face the winner of the Houston-Utah series, which got extended at least to a fifth game Monday when the Jazz stayed alive with a 107-91 win in Game 4. The earliest the Rockets can clinch a spot in the semifinals would be a couple of hours earlier Wednesday, forcing the Warriors to take care of business against the Clippers to keep pace.
The Warriors were denied a potential four-game sweep when the Clippers mounted a historic rally from a 31-point deficit to win Game 2 in Oakland. Lou Williams had 36 points in the win but was held to a total of 28 in the two subsequent home games as Golden State brought help to contain him.
En route to 15 wins in their last 16 playoff series, the Warriors have been nearly unbeatable when given a chance to end a series at home in Game 5. They eliminated their first two opponents last year, San Antonio and New Orleans — under those circumstances, and finished off Cleveland in Game 5 of the 2017 Finals.
In the Steve Kerr era, the Warriors have lost Game 5 at home just once, that coming in the 2016 Finals against Cleveland in the game immediately following Draymond Green’s controversial suspension.
The Clippers, meanwhile, have lost Game 5 in each of their last five playoff series. The last time they won a Game 5, it was at home against Golden State in the first round in 2014. The series was tied 2-2 at the time, before Los Angeles went on to win in seven games. That was also the last time the Warriors lost a playoff series to a Western Conference opponent.
The Warriors have been dominant in terms of wins and losses this season, but have struggled to take care of business ATS –especially at home, where they were only 17-25-1 ATS. The Clippers season is on the line and expect them to get big performances from their bench to at least cover the 14 point spread.