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NBA: Lakers vs Warriors Odds, and Picks (May 4)

By · May 3, 2023
  • The Lakers picked up a stellar road win in Game 1.
  • Golden State needs to bounce back here in Game 2.
  • Los Angeles is now 4-1 on the season as a whole against the Warriors.

The Lakers (49-41) and the Warriors (48-42) meet for Game 2 in their Western Conference Series. The Lakers are playing their best basketball, and are hoping to earn LeBron his 10th Finals in the past 13 years.

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How to Watch

  • Where: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA
  • When: Thursday, May 4, 2023, at 9 p.m ET
  • How to Watch: ESPN

Odds

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Lakers+180+6.0
Warriors-210-6.0

Picks

Los Angeles held off a late surge by the Warriors, claiming a massive road victory in Game 1. Anthony Davis had a dominant game, racking up 30 points, 23 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 blocks. If Davis continues to play like that, the Lakers will be tough to beat. They defeated the Warriors on the road despite getting 9 of 24 shooting from LeBron James. They can pick up a major advantage with another road win in Game 2.

The Warriors came up short against the Lakers, after trailing for the majority of the game. Golden State shot nearly 40% from 3-point range, getting 6 made 3-pointers each from Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Jordan Poole. Unfortunately, they also shot just about 40% from 2-pt range. The Warriors’ lack of a strong paint game will keep being disadvantageous to them. They drew just 12 fouls to the Lakers’ 24.


Picks

After the way Anthony Davis and the Lakers played in Game 1, it’s easy to expect another win from them in Game 2. That being said, it is extremely difficult to win two straight road games in the playoffs, and Golden State is a team full of dangerous shooters. I’d expect a better performance from Steph Curry in Game 2, and a much more solid game for the Warriors overall. I’ll take them to win this home game, but not cover.

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Keith McCarthy
Contributor Keith McCarthy is an experienced sports analyst with a passion for predicting the outcomes of games spanning across sports such as football, basketball, baseball, and hockey, with a special expertise in college sports.