|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Golden State Warriors||+5 (-110)
|O 219.5 (-115)
|Los Angeles Lakers||-5 (-110)
|U 219.5 (-105)
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|The Warriors have firepower and a excellent form entering the Play-In’s. However it’s difficult to test LeBron James in the playoffs, especially when the Lakers own such a significant advantage in the paint.|
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|Golden State Warriors vs Los Angeles Lakers Information|
|Teams||Golden State Warriors vs Los Angeles Lakers|
|Location||STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, California|
|Time||10:00 PM EST, May 19th, 2021|
|How to Watch||ESPN|
|Golden State Warriors||Head-to-Head||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Steve Kerr||Head Coach||Frank Vogel|
|39-33 (8th in West)||Standing||42-30 (7th in West)|
|111.1 (20th of 30)||Off Rtg||109.9 (24th of 30)|
|110.1 (5th of 30)||Def Rtg||107.1 (1st of 30)|
|102.2 (3rd of 30)||Pace||98.7 (16th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|S. Curry (32.0)||PPG||L. James (25.0)|
|D. Green (7.1)||RPG||A. Drummond (10.2)|
|D. Green (8.9)||APG||L. James (7.8)|
|D. Green (1.7)||SPG||A. Davis (1.3)|
|A. Wiggins (1.0)||BPG||A. Davis (1.6)|
|J. Toscano-Anderson (.579)/S. Curry (10.4)||FG%/FGM||M. Harrell (.622)/L. James (9.4)|
|S. Curry (.421)/S. Curry (5.3)||3P%/3PM||K. Caldwell-Pope, M. Gasol (.410)/L. James (2.3)|
The Golden State Warriors are undersized when you compare them to the Los Angeles Lakers. Not only will they face the likes of Gasol, Harrell, and Drummond in the paint, but the Warriors are thin up front with just Looney as a natural center.
It’s always close on the glass for the Warriors. Despite their team rebounding effort, the Warriors won the rebounding battle in their last five games by a miniscule average of just 0.8.
From top to bottom, the Warriors players need to rebound. Whether it’s Stephen Curry or Kevon Looney, Steve Kerr’s side needs to make up for their weakness as a group.
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 17, 2021
When you’re facing an all-time player in LeBron James it’ll always be a tough night. Luckily the Warriors have Stephen Curry, the NBA scoring leader and bane to three of James’ championship attempts.
Curry closed the season with averages of 32.0 points, 5.8 assists, and 5.5 rebounds on 48.1% shooting from the field.
The two-time Most Valuable Player is more than capable of taking over a game on his own. But his playmaking will also be put to the test, as the Lakers will be keyed in on him.
The Los Angeles Lakers are not in the position they wanted, coming off of a championship-winning season. They were in free-fall in the later portion of the regular season but recovered to close the campaign on a five game win streak.
In their last five games, the Lakers defeated their opponents by a margin of 7.2 points while forcing 14.6 turnovers per game. Their rebounding advantage was apparent, collecting 44.4 per game.
The Warriors are thin on the inside, so Los Angeles will need to take advantage of their interior presence. Drummond isn’t much of an interior scorer, so it will be up to LeBron James and Anthony Davis to set their attacking tone early.
One-possession game in crunch time.
Cue three straight @KingJames buckets ???
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) May 15, 2021
There is one player that will determine the success of the Los Angeles Lakers and his name is LeBron James. Even at 36 years old, James is the engine that powers Los Angeles’ success.
James may be dealing with a recurring ankle issue, but that likely won’t limit him in this matchup. The four-time NBA Champion will need to make up for the Lakers’ scoring woes, both as a facilitator and as an option on the attack.
The Lakers will rely on James heavily in this matchup. Save for Schroder and Davis, few Lakers have shown the ability to create their own shot. James’ role as a playmaker is what can propel the Lakers to victory.
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