Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors Game Time: 3:30 pm EST
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors TV Coverage: ABC
NBA Playoff Odds at JustBet: Los Angeles -2 Total: 209.5

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Sunday NBA Playoff Analysis: The Golden State Warriors will try to even up their best of seven series on Sunday afternoon when they host the Los Angeles Clippers from Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

The Clippers have won two straight in the series after dropping game one 109-105. In that game Blake Griffin got in foul trouble early, and they shot just 42.4% from the field, well below their season average of 47.4%. The Clippers did respond in game two however, with a 40 point blowout shooting 56% from the field and 48% from beyond the arc. In game three, the Clippers escaped with a 2 point victory. The Clippers are led by power forward Blake Griffin, who is enjoying his finest season to date averaging 24.1 points and grabbing 9.5 rebounds per game. Chris Paul missed a good part of the season with a shoulder injury, yet guards Darren Collison and JJ Redick stepped up and filled the void. Paul averaged 19.1 points and 10.7 assists per game. Deandre Jordan is a huge presence in the paint averaging a double-double this season, with 10.6 points and 13.6 rebounds per game.

The Golden State Warriors will try to get even this series, but in order to do so they flat out have to shoot better. In the two losses to Los Angeles in this series, the Warriors have shot 44% from the field. From beyond the arc they’ve been horrible, hitting just 20% of their 3-point attempts. In the regular season, they shot 38%, which was 4th best in the league. In their game one victory, the Warriors shot 40.7% from beyond the arc. Stephen Curry has struggled during the series, only shooting 44% from the field with 18 ppg. Shooting guard Klay Thompson has stepped up though, averaging 18.3 ppg. Veteran Jermaine O’Neil (9 ppg) has actually played admirably filling in for the injured Andrew Bogut, both him and David Lee (18.2) have been playing well and can actually give the Clippers a challenge in the paint. Golden State was one of the better defensive teams this year, allowing 99.5 ppg (10th in the NBA) and ranking 3rd in the league in defensive efficiency.

I’m grabbing the points with the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. On Saturday, some audio surfaced of Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist comments and the league is taking swift action and investigating. Sterling will not be present at the game on Sunday per the leagues request. Even Doc Rivers was quoted saying he’d rather be talking to the media about stopping Steph Curry than Sterling’s comments. This is a big distraction, and one that could take its toll on the Clippers. I’ll be honest, I liked the Warriors in this spot even before this mess began, but even as good as Doc Rivers is as a coach, this can’t be good for the Clippers. Golden State is a well-coached squad, and I don’t expect the shooting struggles to continue. Golden State gained a lot of playoff experience last year, and they know that they can’t afford to go down 3-1 to a talented Clippers squad. I expect a great performance on the offensive end from Golden State, and a usual stingy brand of defense that they usually bring. The fact that the Warriors are in a must-win situation combined with the distractions that the Clippers owner has brought to his franchise makes this a no-brainer for me. Warriors win outright on Sunday.

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors Free NBA Playoff Pick: Golden State +2 Under 209.5
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors Game Prediction: Golden State 103 Los Angeles 100

 
 

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