Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers
Friday 10:00 P.M. ET
Free NBA Pick: Clippers ATS
Best Line Offered: Pinnacle
The Clippers are miraculously still in the series with the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors despite not winning a game on their home floor in the series, The Los Angeles Clippers are hoping to infuse some payback when they return home to take on the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round series on Friday night.
The Clippers staved off elimination by winning Game 5 in Oakland on Wednesday night. They were in a similar position last week after winning Game 2 on the road to tie the series at 1-1, but dropped the next two in Los Angeles.
Nevertheless, LA has plenty to build on from its Game 4 performance. The insertion of JaMychal Green in to the starting lineup gave the team an additional offensive threat, helping to space the floor for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander forays into the paint. The Clippers’ defense also wasn’t too compromised, although an inability to clean the defensive glass was one of the team’s primary shortcomings.
Los Angeles was out-rebounded 49-33 in the last contest, and Golden State is literally the last team in the league to give extra shot opportunities to. The Clippers also held Steph Curry relatively in check, although Klay Thompson got off for the first time in the series. That’s an unfortunate reality of playing the Warriors – no matter how many players have off nights, there are always more waiting in the wings to pick up the slack.
The Warriors out-rebounded the Clippers in the first four games of the series, but the Clippers controlled the glass in Game 5. In the first quarter alone, the Clippers tallied 12 second-chance points, which helps explain why they were just down four at the end of a first quarter in which the Dubs shot 8-for-10 on 3-pointers. The Clippers’ ability to extend their possessions certainly contributed to the Dubs’ second home defeat of the series, and with the Dubs’ defense really struggling at times, defensive rebounding becomes just as important as challenging opponent shots in terms of preventing open looks for the Clippers.
The bench duo of Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell combined for 57 points on 23-of-33 (69.7 percent) shooting in Game 5, marking the third time in the series the pair has totaled over 50 points against the Warriors. The Clippers also received assistance from Patrick Beverley who, though averaged 7.6 points and 5.0 rebounds during the regular season, posted 17 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in a performance that drew praise from head coach Doc Rivers.
With the Warriors being favored by double digits in this game, it’s hard to imagine that the Clippers will not at least put up a fight and look to add to their 24-20 Home ATS on the season.