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by Kyle Markus

NBA Game 2 Western Conference Preview
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors

The Los Angeles Clippers hung with the Golden State Warriors for a couple of quarters in Game 1, but eventually Golden State’s superior firepower won out. It could be a familiar theme in Game 2 as the Warriors aim to take control of this first round matchup.

The Warriors are at home again and will be substantial favorites. Montrezl Harrell played well for the Clippers in the opener but he did not get enough help from the team’s backcourt. Los Angeles has to shoot the lights out in order to have a shot at the upset, with a cover of the spread a more attainable scenario in NBA gambling.

This NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors will be held at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California on Monday, April 15th at 10:30 p.m. ET. The game will be nationally televised on TNT.

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Odds Analysis

The Warriors have been listed as heavy 13.5-point favorites to win Game 2, which is the biggest spread among any of the playoff matchups thus far. Golden State is listed as the -1500 favorite on the moneyline while the Clippers are the +876 underdog.

The scoring total is listed at 230 points as both teams are comfortable pushing the pace. The scoring in the fourth quarter of Game 1 slowed down considerably, which is something to keep in mind for this matchup in NBA gambling.

Last Time Out

The Warriors used a late second-quarter run to take control of Game 1 and were never really threatened in the second half. Stephen Curry was phenomenal, finishing with 38 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists. He shot 11-for-16 from the field and hit eight three-pointers to pass Ray Allen for the most playoff threes of all-time.

Harrell played well for the Clippers, finishing with 26 points, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks, while Lou Williams added 25 points and nine assists. The Clippers’ defense couldn’t contain the Warriors, though, as Golden State shot 49.5 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from three-point range.

Matchup To Watch

Patrick Beverly vs. Kevin Durant -- The Clippers put their feisty guard on Durant for several stretches in Game 1, and it’s an interesting matchup. Beverly gives up multiple inches of height but is a strong defender and will aim to make life tough on Durant.

The players butted heads multiple times in Game 1 and were both ejected late in the contest after repeatedly jawing at each other. Beverly will aim to get in Durant’s head and knock him off his game, and if that happens it will be a big help for Los Angeles’ chance at covering the spread.

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The Clippers showed some spurts of efficiency in the first game but will need more than that in this one to keep it close. While the Warriors are a great shooting team, it is doubtful they hit as well from downtown in Game 2. Golden State is the easy pick on the moneyline, but this one is going to be closer than projected.

The Clippers are the pick to cover the spread in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against the Warriors in NBA gambling.

NBA ATS Pick: Golden State Warriors 118, Los Angeles Clippers 109

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