The Golden State Warriors will be aiming to close out their first-round NBA playoff series with the Los Angeles Clippers on home court when they tip off Game 5 on Wednesday as hefty 14-point favorites on the NBA playoff betting odds.
Golden State needed a powerful fourth-quarter operation to eke out a 113-105 triumph in Game 4, and takes a 3-1 series lead into Wednesday night’s game at Oracle Arena.
The Warriors took a 62-54 edge into halftime of Sunday’s contest, but saw their lead cut to just 1 point in the fourth quarter before a late push handed them the triumph as 9.5-point favorites on the NBA playoff lines.
With the victory, the Warriors are currently 9-2 up in their previous 11 games overall. However, the team is still a major disappointment . After failing to pay in their Game 4 win, the Warriors are just 3-5 against the spread in their past eight matches, extending their shaky performance in the sportsbooks that saddled them with a 27th-ranked 35-46-1 ATS record during the regular season.
Golden State has also produced mixed results on house hardware in recent weeks, going 8-5 SU and 6-7 ATS in their past 13, such as a stunning collapse in the group’s 135-131 loss to Los Angeles in Game 2 as 13.5-point house chalk on the NBA playoff odds. However, that defeat marks the Warriors’ only loss in their previous seven at home, scoring 125.3 points per game during that stretch.
The Warriors’ collapse to control as expected after marching to consecutive NBA titles has not dampened their position on the opportunity to win the NBA championship, in which they remain set as heavy -200 favorites.
Clippers Underdogs on NBA Series Prices
Facing elimination in the first round for a third time in as many playoff appearances, the Clippers enter Game 5 pegged as +5000 underdogs about the NBA playoff series rates.
Apart from their magnificent comeback in Game 2, if they erased a massive 31-point deficit to record only their fifth SU triumph in 16 playoff contests, the Clippers have struggled in recent weeks. Los Angeles has dropped to SU and ATS defeat in six of their past eight outings, together with four of the losses coming by double-digit margins.
The Clippers also struggled to create offense in Games 3 and 4 on home court, scoring 105 points in each of those contests. On the other hand, the club has shown the capability to stand up large point totals this season, scoring 115 or more points in 14 of their past 23 games, earning the SU win in 12 of those excursions.
However, the Clippers have fought to pay out on the NBA chances when pegged as underdogs on the street, moving 8-14 SU in their previous 22. Outright wins also have been rare when the Clippers hit the ground pegged as double-digit underdogs on the road. Including their stunning victory in Game 2, the Clippers are 5-25 SU in their past 30 as massive underdogs, but have regularly covered under those circumstances, going 11-3-1 ATS in their previous 15.