Warriors vs. Clippers Game 5 Betting Preview: Can Golden State Cover This Spread?


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Apr 24, 2019, 11:10 AM EDT

Game 5 Betting Odds: LA Clippers at Golden State Warriors

  • Spread: Warriors -14
  • Over/Under: 235
  • Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: TNT
  • Series Score: Warriors lead 3-1

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The Warriors are significant favorites to close out their first-round series on Wednesday night, but can they cover the 14-point spread? Our analysts discuss.

Betting Trends to Know

Only four other teams have been listed as a favorite of 14 or more in Game 5 or later of a playoff series since 2005.

  • 2016 Thunder (-14.5) vs. Mavericks: Thunder won by 14
  • 2008 Celtics (-14.5) vs. Hawks: Celtics won by 34
  • 2008 Celtics (-14.5) vs. Hawks: Celtics won by 25
  • 2013 Heat (-14) vs. Bulls: Heat won by 3 Evan Abrams

Did you know? Under Steve Kerr, the Warriors are 10-1 straight-up and 8-3 against-the-spread (ATS) in Games 5-7 when coming off a straight-up win. Their only loss in this spot was to the Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals.

But there’s another side to this trend: The 14-point spread is the highest in a Game 5, 6 or 7 in the Kerr era. Abrams

The Clippers fought till the very end of Game 4 to try and even the series but ended up losing by eight points.

As we all know, the Warriors are known to take their foot off the pedal at times. Over the past two seasons, they’re 9-4 ATS in the playoffs after either losing their previous game straight-up or winning by fewer than 10 points, covering by a whopping 9.3 points per game.

After winning by double-digits over that span, however, the Warriors are just 5-7 ATS in their next game, failing to cover by 3.8 points per game. Abrams

This is the 11th game the Warriors have played with a chance to close out a series since Kevin Durant joined the team. In the previous 10 games, Golden State was favored on average by eight points. The Warriors went 8-2 straight-up and 5-5 ATS in those. John Ewing

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