Los Angeles Clippers vs Golden State Warriors (Game 5): Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

What: Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors

Where: Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA

When: Wednesday, April 24th at 10:30 PM EST

How (TV): TNT

Series Standing: 3-1 GSW

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

Top Performers:

  • G Lou Williams – 28.8 MPG | 22.3 PPG | 7.3 APG | 1.0 SPG
  • F-C Montrezl Harrell – 28.3 MPG | 19.0 PPG | 5.5 RPG | .738 FG%
  • F Danilo Gallinari – 31.8 MPG | 16.0 PPG | 6.3 RPG | 3.5 APG

The Los Angeles Clippers have their back against the wall as they head into Oracle Arena to take a game from the Golden State Warriors. If they can’t, they’ll be sent packing and thinking about the 2019-2020 season earlier than desired.

The Clippers were competitive in their last match against the Warriors but lacked that extra bit of production that could’ve sent them over the top to take home a win. While five players scored in double-digits, that simply isn’t always enough against Golden State.

They were able to limit Stephen Curry to a cold shooting night, but every other Warrior was able to pick and choose their spots. It’ll take a more concentrated effort and even a bit of luck for the Clippers to bring the series back to LA.

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

Top Performers:

  • G Stephen Curry – 31.3 MPG | 25.0 PPG | 7.8 RPG | 5.3 APG
  • F Kevin Durant – 33.5 MPG | 28.8 PPG | 5.0 RPG | 5.3 APG
  • G Klay Thompson – 35.3 MPG | 18.3 PPG | 1.3 BPG | .476 3P%

The Golden State Warriors are just a win away from taking the series from the Los Angeles Clippers. After a shocking loss in Game 2, the Warriors have played a masterful series up to this point.

With DeMarcus Cousins out of the lineup, the Golden State Warriors have moved to a strict nine-man rotation. Fatigue may be an issue, but they are getting valuable contributions from their auxiliary pieces.

While they have enough star players to make up for it when production falters, the Warriors will need a balanced team effort to take down a Clippers team whose best two players struggled in their last game.

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.

A win for the Los Angeles Clippers would keep them alive in the playoffs and would bring the series home to LA for Game 6.

A win for the Golden State Warriors would clinch for them the series, and allow them some extra rest before the conference semi-finals.

The Clippers Need More From Their Stars

The Los Angeles Clippers have an incredibly unique roster make up. While not rife with All-Stars like most teams, LA is built around a sound understanding of team play and defense. Although there are always times when they still need an extra push.

Usually that push comes from Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell off of the bench. The two have been stars in the first four games but faded in Game 4. They shot a combined 7-18 from the floor and contributed only 22 points off of the bench.

Lou Williams, in particular, can’t afford another cold night if the Clippers hope to win a game. If he can’t get himself or his team going, they might be packing their bags by the end of Wednesday night.

The Warriors’ Defensive Adjustments Are Working

The biggest keys to the Clippers success in their first two games was the play of Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell off the bench. In Game 1 and 2, the pair shot 45-68 from the field. Cue the Warriors’ adjustment, which forced the two Clippers to shoot 17-39 in the next two games.

Warriors forward Kevon Looney outlined the reason for their success:

 

 

The Clippers are dangerous in the pick and roll between Williams and Harrell and by limiting that, the Warriors have slowed the Clippers. While it has opened up the floor for other pieces, slowing the Clippers’ two most valuable pieces is paramount to their success.

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.

C DeMarcus Cousins – 17 Apr 2019 – Out (Torn Right Quad) – Cousins reportedly has a six-week timetable for return but may still sit out the remainder of the postseason.

X-Factors: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC) vs Stephen Curry (GSW)

The point guard position is the area of focus between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had an excellent game last time out, while Stephen Curry struggled to make an impact.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Point Guard | 6-6, 181lb (198cm, 82kg) | Kentucky | Rookie

10.8 PPG | 3.3 APG | 2.8 RPG | 1.2 SPG | 0.5 BPG | 1.7 TOV | .476 FG% | .367 3P%

Canadian combo-guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a brilliant game last time out against the Golden State Warriors. While it was in a losing effort, the Canadian was near unstoppable.

In Game 4 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander posted 25 points on 9-15 shooting from the field and 3-5 shooting from three. His defense on Curry was also notable, limiting the two-time MVP to 3-14 shooting.

Regularly matched up with either Klay Thompson or Stephen Curry, Gilgeous-Alexander will need to maintain his offensive form as well as improve on his defensive presence if they hope to take the series back to Los Angeles.

Stephen Curry

Point Guard | 6-3, 190lb (190cm, 86kg) | Davidson | Exp. 9 Years

27.3 PPG | 5.2 APG | 5.3 RPG | 1.3 SPG | 0.4 BPG | 2.8 TOV | .472 FG% | .437 3P%

Stephen Curry had a tough night out against the Los Angeles Clippers in his last game. While he has been on fire shooting the ball in this series, his last performance left much to be desired.

The two-time MVP contributed only 12 points while shooting 3-14 from the field overall and 1-9 from three. The Warriors made up for his struggles across the board, but more from the opposition may have handed the Warriors a loss.

Curry did impact the match in other ways though. He posted 10 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals on the evening, leading to a -2 +/- despite his shooting woes. In a closeout game, expect a refocused Curry.

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