No Surprises For Clippers Vs. Warriors

Monday, April 15, 2019 8:25 PM UTC

Monday, Apr. 15, 2019 8:25 PM UTC

Warriors look to continue form in Game 2 and if the NBA odds are any indication it’s sure to be another one-sided affair in this first round Western Conference series.

<p>The Los Angeles Clippers have their work cut out if they hope to avoid a 0-2 start to their playoff bid. Then again, <a href="" target="_blank">they’re facing the defending champions</a>. Two-time defending champions bent on making a three-peat this season. Is anybody really surprised?</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Clippers vs. Warriors: Game 1 Thoughts (via &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@nealberg96&lt;/a&gt;)&lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— TheWarriorsTalk (@TheWarriorsTalk) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;April 15, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>The No.8 seed Clippers (48-35 SU) went down fast in the first game and never really recovered afterward. They were well and truly outplayed, outclassed and outmuscled.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Montrezl Harrell, the Clippers' best player in Game 1 vs. Warriors, breaks down what they need to do in Game 2 &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Retweet a smanetta (@retweetsmanetta) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;April 15, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>The Warriors maintained the pace and pressure and never let up en route to a whopping 121-104 victory. Stephen Curry was simply out of this world (shocker!) as he put up 38 points and 15 rebounds and all the while making 8 out of 12 three-pointers, which breaks Ray Allen's all-time postseason record for three-pointers.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;.&lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@StephenCurry30&lt;/a&gt; was BALLIN' from DEEP as the &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@warriors&lt;/a&gt; secure the dub in Game 1! 🔥&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;📊: 38 PTS | 15 REB | 8 3PM&lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#DubNation&lt;/a&gt; | &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#NBAPlayoffs&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— NBA TV (@NBATV) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;April 14, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>The victory marked the fourth straight victory by the Warriors over the Clippers dating back to the regular season. On Monday night, they’ll look to make it five in a row and if the NBA odds were any indication the market certainly thinks it’s a likely outcome.</p><p>Straight up betting markets have the Warriors as the four-digit faves well into minus money. Depending on your choice <a href="" target="_blank">top sportsbook</a> the Warriors are found trading anywhere from a low of -1100 (<a href=";book=5dimes" target="_blank">5Dimes</a>) to a high of -1500 (<a href=";book=Bookmaker" target="_blank">Bookmaker</a>).</p><p>On the flip side, the Clippers are found as significant underdogs anywhere from +775 (<a href=";book=BOVADA" target="_blank">Bovada</a>) to +900 (<a href=";book=5dimes" target="_blank">5Dimes</a>). Obviously, this is a flier bet, that kind that comes to the good once in a blue moon. If this is your choice NBA pick, don’t go betting the farm on it. Stealing home advantage from the Warriors is like attempting to take a bone away from a dog. It is worth noting that the Warriors have more than 50% of the consensus bets in this market.</p><p>The ATS Line offers up angles on both sides of the coin in theory. Bookmakers opened the Warriors as the -14.5 faves on the NBA odds board. Since open doors, the line has come down to -13.5 with most sportsbooks and, even, to as low as -13 (-113) with <a href=";book=BetOnline" target="_blank">BetOnline</a>. In this market, the Clippers would seem to have a slight leg up with 52% of consensus betting going their way up to this point. (Monday, April 15, 12 PM ET).</p><p>Double-digit ATS lines give the underdog a chance to cover. After the massive loss in game 1 and all the hoopla, the idea is the Clippers could come out and play a much better game, be more focused in their execution and potentially keep it close at the very least. For this to happen, <a href="" target="_blank">they’ll need to do everything better</a> than the Warriors did in Game 1, and all season long even.</p><p>The Warriors were the second-best offensive team in the league during the regular season, averaging 117.7 points per game. Game 1 saw them top that average by four points, so you could say they played one of their best games, complemented by a strong showing on defense that held the Clippers to just 104 points.</p><p>NBA Betting Verdict: Whichever way you slice this game, it is a mismatch of epic proportions. Just to look at the NBA betting market is to get a sense of just how one-sided it really is. The Clippers simply don’t have the star-power, the talent or grit to really make a fist of it. The Warriors are in a league of their own and as such, they are <a href="" target="_blank">the smart bet straight up and ATS</a>.</p><p>NBA Pick<a href="" target="_blank">: Warriors -13.5 (-101)</a></p><p>Recommended Sportsbook<a href=";book=Pinnacle" target="_blank">: Pinnacle</a></p>
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