A Western Conference Second Round matchup begins Tuesday night when the Los Angeles Lakers visit the Golden State Warriors. The NBA Front Office must be thrilled with this matchup as the league’s most famous franchise will battle the league’s best franchise, over the past decade, for a spot in the Western Conference Finals. Below is my NBA pick for the Lakers vs Warriors.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Golden State Warriors Betting Pick
The Pick: Golden State Warriors -4.0
This game will be played at Chase Center at 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2, 2023.
Why Bet the Golden State Warriors:
✅ Golden State has been dominant at home having won 14 of their last 16 games played.
✅ The Warriors have won 15 of their last 20 games against the Lakers.
✅ Los Angeles is just 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games.
Los Angeles Lakers Were Impressive in Round One
The Los Angeles Lakers got into the playoffs as the seventh seed, thanks to a win in the play-in tournament, and they played the second seed Memphis Grizzlies. Los Angeles started the series by splitting the games in Memphis and then took care of business at home to make it 3-1. The Grizzlies forced a game six with a dominant game five win at home, but the Lakers had it all to play for at home.
Los Angeles came to play in game six and jumped all over the Grizzlies from the start. It was an 11-point first quarter advantage that was stretched to 17 points at the half. The Grizzlies came out of the half deflated and found themselves down 33 heading into the fourth and, ultimately, ended up getting a 40-spot put on them as they were eliminated with a 125-85 defeat. What a statement game by the Lakers.
D’Angelo Russell went off with 31 points in the game six win, Anthony Davis added 16 points, 14 rebounds, and five blocks on the night.
The Golden State Warriors Have Steph Curry
Golden State got the sixth seed in the Western Conference and had a tough seven-game series against the third seed Sacramento Kings. The way the bracket broke, the Warriors now have home court advantage and will be the favorites to advance to another Western Conference Finals.
Game seven, in Sacramento, was a tale of two halves as they Kings led by two points at the half, but the Warriors ultimately got the 20-point win and advanced to the second round. The Warriors won the third quarter by 12 points and the fourth quarter by 10 points thanks to a historic performance from Steph Curry.
Curry became the first player to score 50 points in a game seven as he shot 20-38 from the field and 7-18 from three. Adding eight rebounds and six assists was just icing on the cake for Chef Curry. Kevon Looney was a beast on the boards as he grabbed 21 rebounds, 11 defensive and 10 offensive, to go along with his 11 points.