Golden State Warriors (44-38) at Los Angeles Lakers (43-39)
Game Info: Friday, May 12, 2023 at 10:00 p.m. EST (crypto.com Arena)
Betting Odds: Lakers (-2.5) / Over/Under (221)
Pick: Lakers (-2.5)
Lets start the weekend off by heading out west to the crypto.com Arena where the Golden State Warriors battle off with the Los Angeles Lakers in a vital Game 6.
After going down 3-1 in the series, the Warriors were able to hold their own on their home floor in Game 5 to force the Lakers to have to close things out at the cypto.com Arena if they want to send them packing. Although they were able to show out offensively last time out, their stellar defensive play was the reason why they were able to pull away late, only allowing 47 points in the 2nd half. Flipping over to the offensive side of the ball, Draymond Green backed up his words that he stated in his podcast about bouncing back, as he put in 20 points and added in 10 rebounds and 4 assists to go with it. Along with his quality play, Andrew Wiggins balled out as well, scoring 25 points and grabbing 7 rebounds along with dishing out 5 assists. If the Warriors are able to get this production on the offensive end in Game 6, the Lakers may be in rocky waters all night long.
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Los Angeles was not able to close things out in Game 5 on the road, but if you told them at the beginning of the series that they would have a Game 6 in front of the L.A. crowd with a chance to advance to the Western Conference Finals if they won, they would have bit your hand off for that opportunity. Now that they are in this position, we shall see if they can take advantage of the Warriors mishaps in order to punch their ticket to a series with the Denver Nuggets. Although LeBron James has played consistent over the course of this series, he has not had a vintage game yet. Although I am not completely suggesting that tonight may be that night, I will say that he surely will be raring to go in order to get out to a fast start to get the crowd behind his team. Can the Lakers shock the Warriors and send the defending Champions home in the Western Conference Semifinals tonight?
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- Golden State is 13-33 ATS when playing as the away team
- The Warriors are 11-17 ATS when playing as the underdog
- Los Angeles is 7-4 ATS in Playoff games
We all knew that this series was not going to be easy, and that the Warriors were not going to just lie down and hand it over to the Lakers in 5 games. In spite of that though, playing at home, in a Game 6 close out opportunity, I am going to go all in on the Lakers tonight. LBJ knows the situation he is in, and he surely does not want to go back to Golden State when he can close it out tonight. Give me James and Co. to smell blood in the water and pounce on the Warriors early en route to a Game 6 win!
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