The Golden State Warriors talked the talk and walked the walk. They trash-talked the Clippers heading into Game 1 while also calling out the refs to keep an eye on Blake Griffin’s fouls. It seemed to work as he was in foul trouble through Game 1, eventually fouling out after just 19 minutes of action.
The Golden State Warriors Can Win Because…
The Clippers had no answers for their offense. Golden State scored 109 points but more importantly, dropped 11 threes and 18 free throws while shooting 44.4% from the field. They even managed a +6 margin in rebounding. That’s a pretty good day. In Game 2, they just need to do more of the same.\
The Warriors still have plenty of room for improvement as Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combined to go 13-of-36 from the field. If they can play better and all of the other variables remain the same, the Warriors will head home with a 2-0 series lead.
The Los Angeles
Clippers Can Win Because…
They’ll get more out of Griffin. Let’s face it: their biggest star was a non-factor yet the Clippers had a number of late-game chances to either tie the game or force overtime. Even though Griffin only played 19 minutes, he still collected 16 points. The Clippers aren’t going to lose if he stays out of foul trouble.
The Clippers should get more out of their bench in Game 2 as well. Darren Collison (two-of-nine), Danny Granger (one-of-six) and Jamal Crawford (two-of-11) all shot poorly from the field. If they can be a little more accurate, the Clippers should take care of business rather easily.
Outlook & Pick
The Clippers are laying eight in this game, which is a big spread if you’re thinking of rolling with them for your NBA picks. Instead, the over figures to be a good play. I expect Griffin to play more, Curry and Thompson to be more efficient, the Clippers bench to chip in more. That should lead to yet another high-scoring affair between the teams.
Pick: Over 211.5 at Pinnacle