Los Angeles Clippers vs Golden State Warriors (Game 2): Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

What: Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors, Game 2

Where: Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA

When: Monday, April 15th at 10:30 PM EST

How (TV): TNT

Los Angeles Clippers (Away)

Head Coach: Doc Rivers {All-Time 894-658 | ORL, BOS, LAC}

Season Record: 48-34, 8th in the West

Projected Starting Five: (G) Patrick Beverly – (G) Landry Shamet – (G) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – (F) Danilo Gallinari – (C) Ivica Zubac

The Los Angeles Clippers threw out every trick in their book but they still lost to the Golden State Warriors.

Doc Rivers’ side couldn’t keep up with the blistering offense of the Warriors. While they have solid defensive pieces, trading baskets with the Warriors will always be a recipe for failure.

The Clippers didn’t shoot poorly or defend terribly, they were just overcome by greater competition. We’ll see if they can step up against this titan-like Warriors side.

Golden State Warriors (Home)

Head Coach: Steve Kerr {All-Time 322-88 | GSW}

Season Record: 57-25, 1st in the West

Projected Starting Five: (G) Stephen Curry – (G) Klay Thompson – (F) Kevin Durant – (F) Draymond Green – (C) DeMarcus Cousins

The Warriors won Game 1 against the Los Angeles Clippers and it seemed easy for them. They weren’t firing on every cylinder, but with their stars, it isn’t always necessary.

Stephen Curry carried the momentum for the Warriors with his 38 point, 15 rebound, and 7 assist night. He also hit eight threes in the match, only further proving he is the greatest shooter in the history of the NBA.

The Warriors overcame the Clippers’ tricks and provocations due to the depth of their squad. With the way they’re playing it seems LA has nothing that can stop them. The Warriors may breeze through Game 2 as well.

What’s At Stake?

The Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers are state rivals, but the series is very much in favor of the Warriors. In 153 regular season games, the Warriors lead the Clippers 91-63.

These two teams have shared a playoff series once before, in 2014. It was a hard-fought, seven-game series that went the way of the Clippers.

The Los Angeles Clippers don’t want to go two games down before heading back to Los Angeles. They put up a scrappy effort, but they’ll need to draw from somewhere different to win Game 2.

The Golden State Warriors are in the driver’s seat, up one game and seemingly primed to take Game 2.

Heads or Tails? SGA or Shamet?

The Los Angeles Clippers pulled a risky move heading into Game 1 with the Golden State Warriors. While Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Landry Shamet are talented, they are young rookies with no taste of playoff basketball.

Gilgeous-Alexander was impressive in his debut, if not a bit inefficient. He had 18 points and 5 rebounds on 6-16 shooting. Meanwhile, Shamer was almost invisible, converting on only a single three-pointer all game.

These two guards need to grow up fast for Doc Rivers. The Warriors are too talented to not get efficient production from both of them. Whether they can, against the NBA’s most talented side, is up to them.

Have the Warriors Broken the Clippers?

Golden State put on a clinic against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first match of their first-round playoff series. The Warriors won three out of four quarters in the game, opening up their lead as the periods went on.

Despite a team of long and rangy defenders, the Clippers had no answer for the Warriors. Especially Stephen Curry, who set records with his 38 point, 15 rebound, and 7 assist showing.

The Clippers did everything they could in the game, even getting Kevin Durant kicked out of the match. Unfortunately, they were just taken advantage of by another of the Warriors stars. Stopping five All-Stars is the way to beat the Warriors, at the moment it looks like that’s impossible.

Do Harrell and Williams Have A Case to Start?

Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams are the Clippers two most talented players. They put up wonderful performances in the first game:

  • (G) Lou Williams – 25 PTS | 9 AST | .524 FG%
  • (C) Montrezl Harrell – 26 PTS | 5 REB | .733 FG%

The Los Angeles Clippers love having those two off the bench. Whereas the starting unit by Doc Rivers is a steady defensive side, adding Williams and Harrell provides them a spark to bolster their offensive output.

The problem with them coming off the bench is the fact that the Clippers can’t keep up with the Warriors offense otherwise. Will Rivers change up the lineup to match the pace? Whatever the case, Rivers is providing a disservice by waiting to insert his strongest lineup.

How Was Cousins’ Playoff Debut?

For all the years that DeMarcus Cousins has been in the NBA, the talented center has actually failed to participate in the playoffs in each of his previous seasons.

Cousins entered this game with a focus on producing, the Los Angeles Clippers countered by playing uptempo and against the style of play that benefits the heavy-footed Cousins.

Cousins was solid if not spectacular in his debut. He posted 9 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists. He, unfortunately, fouled out and had 6 turnovers in the match. He will likely pick up his game, as more is expected of the All-Star.

Los Angeles Clippers Roster Notes

The Los Angeles Clippers have no injuries to report.

Golden State Warriors Roster Notes

C Damian Jones – 8 Mar 2019 – Out (Torn Left Pectoral) – Head coach Steve Kerr said it’s doubtful that Jones returns during the playoffs, according to a report from Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

X-Factors: Patrick Beverly (LAC) vs Kevin Durant (GSW)

It is obvious what Beverly is trying to do when the Clippers and the Warriors face off, that gets under the skin of the opposing side. Last match, Kevin Durant was the target of Beverly’s antics. We’ll see how the two might fare next time out.

Patrick Beverley

Point Guard | 6-1, 185lb (185cm, 83kg) | Arkansas | Exp. 6 Years

7.6 PPG | 3.8 APG | 5.0 RPG | 0.9 SPG | 0.6 BPG | 1.1 TOV | .407 FG% | .397 3P%

Beverley was incredibly obvious in his last game against the Warriors. While his antagonization of Kevin Durant ended up working, despite the result going the wrong way, he needs to have more of an impact.

Not to say he should impact the Warriors with more antics, but his on-court performance was poor. He locked down nobody in particular and contributed only three points on 1-6 shooting.

Beverley doesn’t need to score in bunches, but they need his help on both ends if they hope to take a game from the Warriors.

Kevin Durant

Small Forward | 6-9, 240lb (206cm, 108kg) | Texas | Exp. 11 Years

26.0 PPG | 5.9 APG | 6.4 RPG | 0.7 SPG | 1.1 BPG | 2.9 TOV | .521 FG% | .353 3P%

Kevin Durant was on his way toward a brilliant night before he and Beverley were kicked out of the game. He posted 23 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 blocks on the evening.

Durant has the benefit of being able to behave however he wants, knowing his teammates are capable enough to defeat his opponents without him. It isn’t wise to keep getting involved with his opposition though.

It is clear that opponents can draw a reaction from Durant easily, he is an emotional player in both a positive and negative sense. One misstep and it could be channeled in the wrong direction though, Steve Kerr would prefer it be taken out on the basket.

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