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 in Game 5 on Wednesday as heavy 14-point favorites on the NBA playoff betting odds.
Golden State needed a strong fourth-quarter performance to eke out a 113-105 win in Game 4, and takes a 3-1 series lead into Wednesday night’s game at Oracle Arena.
The Warriors took a 62-54 advantage into halftime of Sunday’s contest, but saw their lead cut to just one point in the fourth quarter before a late push handed them the win as 9.5-point favorites on the NBA playoff lines.
With the victory, the Warriors are now 9-2 straight up in their past 11 games overall. However, the team continues to be a major disappointment to bettors. After failing to cover in their Game 4 win, the Warriors are just 3-5 against the spread in their past eight games, extending their shaky performance at 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 home hardware in recent weeks, going 8-5 SU and 6-7 ATS in their past 13, including a stunning collapse in the team’s 135-131 loss to Los Angeles in Game 2 as 13.5-point home chalk on the NBA playoff odds. However, that defeat marks the Warriors’ only loss in their past seven at home, scoring 125.3 points per game during that stretch.
The Warriors’ failure to dominate as expected after marching to consecutive NBA titles has not dampened their position on the odds to win the NBA championship, where they remain set as heavy -200 favorites.
Clippers Huge 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 on the NBA playoff series prices.
Apart from their stunning comeback in Game 2, when they erased a huge 31-point deficit to record just their fifth SU win in 16 playoff contests, the Clippers have struggled in recent weeks. Los Angeles has fallen to SU and ATS defeat in six of their past eight outings, with four of those losses coming by double-digit margins.
The Clippers also struggled to generate offense in Games 3 and 4 on home court, scoring 105 points in each of those contests. However, the club has demonstrated the ability to rack up big point totals this season, scoring 115 or more points in 14 of the past 23 games, earning the SU win in 12 of those outings.
However, the Clippers have struggled to pay out on the NBA odds when pegged as underdogs on the road, going 8-14 SU in their past 22. Outright wins have also been rare when the Clippers hit the floor 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 past 15.
*Odds as of April 23, 2019