Clippers Are Likely to Cover Another Double Digit Spread With Their Season on the Brink

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 12:58 PM UTC

Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2019 12:58 PM UTC

Golden State has dominated this series against the Clippers in terms of wins and losses, but a fiesty Clippers team will not go out without a fight and are a good bet to at least cover in a pivotal Game 5.

<p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors</strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Wednesday, 10:30 P.M. ET</strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Free NBA Pick: <a href="" target="_blank">Clippers ATS</a></strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=5dimes" target="_blank">5Dimes</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3773931, "sportsbooksIds":[19,999996,238,169,186], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p dir="ltr">The Clippers have put forth a valiant effort to even make it this far on the year and <a href="" target="_blank">will do whatever is in their power to not have the magical ride end tonight</a>. 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.</p><p dir="ltr">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.</p><p dir="ltr">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.</p><p>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.</p><p dir="ltr">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.</p><p dir="ltr">[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Putting in the work.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;🗯 &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@DocRivers&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@shaiglalex&lt;/a&gt; on &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@Rome_ColdBucks1&lt;/a&gt;'s growth. &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;April 23, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p dir="ltr">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.</p><p dir="ltr">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 <a href="" target="_blank">expect them to get big performances from their bench to at least cover the 14 point spread</a>.</p>
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