As expected, the Clippers are firm favorites in the NBA betting lines, listed at almost -400 to outlast the Warriors. Golden State can be backed at +320 or so at 5Dimes right now, though these lines are subject to change leading up to tipoff in game one.
Golden State Warriors (+320)
There were some shaky moments throughout the season, but the Warriors did enough to earn the sixth seed heading into the playoffs.
In all, they went 51-31, with a 27-14 mark on their home floor and a 24-17 record on the road. They were 31-21 against the rest of the Western Conference.
Stephen Curry was fantastic once again, averaging 24.0 PPG, 8.5 APG and 4.3 RPG, while shooting 42.4 percent from three. Klay Thompson (18.4 PPG) and David Lee (18.2 PPG and 9.3 RPG) also had solid years.
Unfortunately, it looks like Andrew Bogut (rib) won't be able to feature in the playoffs, which is a big blow for Golden State. They'll have to lean on the likes of Jermaine O'Neal, Marreese Speights and Draymond Green to contribute in the frontcourt.
But, we all know who the main act is here. Curry has had some electrifying moments already in his young career and the Warriors are always going to have a chance with him on the court.
Others will still have to set up, including role players like Harrison Barnes, Andre Iguodala, Steve Blake and Jordan Crawford. This is a solid roster across the board, but can Curry's heroics lead them to an upset series win over the Clippers? We also can't forget about Golden State's excellent fanbase, which could be another contributing factor to keeping this series competitive.
Los Angeles Clippers (-390)
Another fine regular season from the Clippers saw them finish 57-25, which was good for the third seed. They were fantastic at home (34-7) and ended up going 23-18 on the road, while posting an excellent 36-16 record against conference opponents.
There was no better offensive team in the NBA this season, with Doc Rivers making an instant impact. The Clippers averaged a league-best 107.9 points per game, with Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick, Darren Collison and DeAndre Jordan all averaging in double figures. Matt Barnes (9.9 PPG) was a shade away as well.
Griffin and Paul are the heart and soul of this team though.
We all know what CP3 brings to the table as a savvy leader on both ends of the floor, but Griffin really elevated his game this season and the results were devastating for opponents. He averaged 24.1 PPG, 9.5 RPG and 3.9 APG and showed market improvement in his jump shot and free throw line percentages.
Add in an always improving Jordan, who was a force to be reckoned with on the glass, and some great shooters like Crawford, Redick and Barnes, and you can see why the Clippers had so much success in 2013/14, even in spite of all of the injuries the team had to contend with.
All in all, with CP3 and Griffin leading the way, it's hard to imagine Los Angeles falling flat on their faces in this series. They've looked dangerous under Rivers' guidance and should topple Curry and company in the first round.
Series Pick: Clippers in 6