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Lakers vs. Warriors 2023 NBA Playoffs Odds and Game 2 Preview – May 4th

By Jeff Stinger

In a massive clash between two legendary basketball icons, Game 1 of the second-round playoff series between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors goes to LeBron James and the Lakers. Stephen Curry and the Warriors fought hard until the final buzzer despite coming up short and will be ready to regain the home-court advantage in Game 2 Thursday.

Nitrobetting is ready to dish out key assists and lob passes with betting tips and news coverage throughout the 2023 NBA Playoffs. This time, let’s break down the upcoming Game 2 conference semifinal showdown between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors.

Lakers vs. Warriors Game 2 2023 NBA Playoffs Second-Round Information

Why Bet on the Los Angeles Lakers?

The star-studded second-round series between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors went off with a bang, as the latter defeated the former to steal home-court advantage from the reigning NBA champs. The Lakers led by as much as 14 points early in the fourth quarter and fended off a Golden State rally to win their fourth straight game against their division rival.

LeBron James had a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Anthony Davis had an even better showing with a 30-23 double-double as the Lakers had their way against the Warriors’ shorter frontcourt. All-Star point guard D’Angelo Russell also finished with 19 points, including a late two-pointer to give the Lakers back the lead late when Golden State was cooking up a comeback.

Although the Lakers made just six of their 25 three-point attempts, they were better off settling for easier buckets near the rim, which also translated to a superb 26-of-29 shooting from the charity stripe. They were also aggressive on the boards and won the rebounding battle, 63-54, and we expect Los Angeles to continue playing old-school basketball to a tee to counter Golden State’s frenetic pace.

Why Bet on the Golden State Warriors?

On a night when the Golden State Warriors attempt over 50 shots from beyond the arc, it would have been a likely conclusion that the Dubs get that win. That wasn’t the case in Game 1 Tuesday as Golden State made just 21 of its 53 three-point attempts and flamed out toward the end.

The Warriors did have a 14-0 rally to tie the game at 112 points apiece with under two minutes left in the contest, but the Lakers played smart defense in the closing moments of the contest. Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each drained six three-pointers and combined for 52 points, while Jordan Poole also made six shots from deep for 21 points off the bench.

Center Kevon Looney was a beast in the paint for the Warriors again, leading his team with 23 boards (seven on the offensive glass). However, Golden State does not have more support outside of Looney to match up with LA’s big men and this could once again be a problem for head coach Steve Kerr to try and solve before the series gets out of hand.

Lakers vs. Warriors Betting Trends

  • The Lakers are 2-4 in the last six road games (SU/ATS).
  • As mentioned earlier, the Lakers have won four straight meetings against the Warriors (SU/ATS).
  • The totals went over in seven of Los Angeles’ last nine games on the road.
  • The Warriors are 5-2 in the last seven home games (4-3 ATS).
  • The Dubs are 6-3 in its last nine outings as favorites to win (5-4 ATS).
  • The totals went over in four of Golden State’s last six games played in Chase Center.

Lakers vs. Warriors Game 2 Expert Betting Predictions

James and Co. have gotten better of Steph and his gang from the Bay Area of late, but we believe that Golden State’s track record at home in pivotal playoff games will prevail in Game 2 Thursday. That 14-point rally in the fourth was a sign that no Laker lead is safe and a poor shooting night from long distance is not commonplace for the Warriors on their home court.

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