When: April 13, 2019, 8:00 pm ET
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Watch Live: ABC
It’s the first round of the NBA playoffs, and we are about to witness one of the greatest dynasties in the NBA, the mighty Golden State Warriors face the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday. The Clippers is another Bay area city and Warriors did not have to travel much for the first round of playoffs.
The Warriors will be playing their first match at the Oracle Arena on Saturday. The second match is also scheduled at the Oracle, the following Monday. Then the next two games will be played at the Staples Center which the home court of the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Warriors will be willing not to take more than four games to finish the first round of this season’s playoffs, and the Clippers will be eager to steal as many wins as they could from the back-to-back champions.
Let’s analyse the perspective of both the teams ahead of the fixture.
Golden State Warriors
We have some factors that we should keep in mind before the playoffs. Stephen Curry got injured in the last game he played against the New Orleans Pelicans where he twisted his right ankle. Although it has been reported that it is not a significant injury and should not affect Curry playing in the first game, we have seen in the past that the relation between Curry and ankle injuries is not so good. Even though the Warriors are capable enough to handle first round without Curry, we do not want the Baby Faced Assassin to miss the playoffs’ first round.
Another important thing that may bring stress in the team is the free agency of Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. We saw that Klay said he wanted to be a Warrior for his whole season, but still, it is a fact to consider that he will be a free agent in June and many teams will approach him to join them. Similar is the case with Durant who will hit the free agency too.
Warriors are a team full of star players. Curry is averaging 27.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game this regular season. With him, Durant is averaging 26 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game and Klay is averaging 21.5 points per game. Also the two big man, Cousins is averaging 16.3 points along with 8.2 rebounds per game and Green averages 7.4 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game.
If we talk about the Los Angeles Clippers, they have made it to playoffs seven times in the last eight seasons and 5 out of 6 times under coach Doc Rivers. They have a young core comprising of Zubac, Gilgeous-Alexander and Shamet.
They also have a leading bench scorer, Lou Williams, who has been in a terrific form all season long and he just got No.1 in the list of scoring from the bench. They have the best bench strength in the whole league with a scoring average of nearly 53 points per game which is led by one of the best sixth men, Lou Williams. He is averaging 20 points, 2.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.
Overall if we see, the Warriors are in charge of this first round of playoffs, and it would be only a miracle that could get the Clippers one or two games in this series of 7. The Warriors have met with the Clippers 3 times this season and have won all the three matchups with a margin of more than 15 points. I do not see any other result in the first game of the playoffs tonight.
Warriors to beat Clippers