- by Michael Kaskey-Blomain
- " 3 min read
The West's top-rankedGolden State Warriorsbegan their quest for a three-peat on Saturday night when they faced off against the No. 8 seedLos Angeles Clippersin the first round of the playoffs and they looked to be more than up to the task of defending their title. Golden State took the regular-season series 3-1 over the Clippers, and they continued their dominance over their Pacific Division rival in the first matchup of their best-of-seven series as Stephen Curry was unstoppable on the offensive end which helped the Warriors pick up a convincing 121-104 victory at Oracle Arena.
Here's everything you need to know about this first-round matchup between the Warriors and the Clippers.
No. 1 Golden State Warriors vs. No. 8 Los Angeles Clippers
How to watch Game 2
- Date:Tuesday, April 16
- Time:10:30 p.m. ET
- Location:Oracle Arena -- Oakland, California
- TV channel:TNT
- Live stats: GameTracker
- Online streaming:FuboTV
Playoff series schedule
All times Eastern
- Game 1: Warriors 121, Clippers 104 (Box Score)
- Game 2: Clippers at Warriors, Monday, April 15, 10:30 p.m. --TV:TNT
- Game 3: Warriors at Clippers, Thursday, April 18, 10:30 p.m. --TV:TNT
- Game 4: Warriors at Clippers, Sunday, April 21, 3:30 p.m. --TV:ABC
- Game 5*: Clippers at Warriors, Wednesday, April 24, TBD --TV:TBD
- Game 6*: Warriors at Clippers, Friday, April 26, TBD --TV:TBD
- Game 7*: Clippers at Warriors, Sunday, April 28, TBD --TV:TBD
Odds and Analysis
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Clippers: The Clippers are one of the feel-good stories of the postseason, as not too many picked them to be there prior to the season's start. They will have their hands full when it comes to the Warriors, but the matchup should provide the team with some solid experience regardless.
Warriors: The Warriors enter the postseason as the heavy favorite to win their third consecutive title. The team was clearly coasting for large portions of the regular season, but now that the postseason is here, their focus and performance will likely elevate.
Matchups to watch
1. Steve Kerr vs. Doc Rivers: Two of the game's premier coaches will go head-to-head in this series. Both have had ample success in the postseason, and both know what to expect. Playoff basketball becomes much more of a chess match, as teams play each other multiple times in a row, and it will be interesting to see how these two counteract each other.
2. Patrick Beverley vs. Steph Curry: Beverley likes to make things as difficult as possible for his opponents, and he will surely be tasked with trying to slow Curry at times throughout the series. A matchup between the league's deadliest shooter and one of its most tenacious defenders promises to be exciting.
3. Draymond Green vs. His emotions:Green led the league with 16 technical fouls during the regular season, and his emotions have gotten the best of him in the postseason in the past. The Warriors won't want to lose Green for a game due to suspension (we all remember what happened when that occurred in 2016), so he will have to try to keep himself in check.
Series prediction, pick
Warriors in four: The Clippers have had a solid season, but it will end in short order against the Warriors. The Clippers simply don't have the firepower to keep up with a focused Golden State team that boasts five All-Stars in their first five. The Warriors will likely use the first round series against the Clippers as a tune up to get ready for a potential big test against the Houston Rockets in the second round.