The Golden State Warriors are facing elimination on Wednesday night, as they face the Los Angeles Lakers down 3-1 in their second round playoff series. This series has featured a contrast in styles that has not worked out well for the Warriors just yet, and Golden State will look to change that in this do or die affair. In our NBA betting picks for Thursday night, we break down Lakers vs Warriors Game 5 from San Francisco.
Lakers vs Warriors Game 5 Betting Pick
|ℹ️ The Pick:||Warriors -7|
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This game will be played at Chase Center at 10:00 PM ET on Wednesday, May 10, 2023.
Why Bet the Warriors:
✅ Golden State needs to win to stay alive in the playoffs, and should respond in a big way to media members like Charles Barkley calling them “cooked” here in Game 5.
✅ There has been talk in the media about whether or not the Lakers should rest their starters for this game. While that likely will not happen, it speaks to the difference in how much these teams need this game and what their mindsets are.
✅ The Lakers lost in Memphis in Game 5 in blowout fashion before winning Game 6 at home, and will likely do the same here.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers have been brilliant so far in their second round series against the Golden State Warriors, taking a 3-1 series lead. Their size and physicality advantage over the Warriors has been well documented, with Anthony Davis asserting himself more consistently as the series has gone on. Here, the Lakers can close out the Warriors and get some much-needed rest before the Western Conference Finals with a win.
For the Lakers, the question in this game will be who steps up alongside Davis and LeBron James, as a third scorer is always huge for their chances of winning. In Game 4, that player was Lonnie Walker IV, of all people. Walker had a huge fourth quarter after not being on the floor for much of the first three, and a similar effort from someone on this Lakers team could be enough to help clinch this series in five.
Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors are on the brink of elimination after blowing a fourth quarter lead in Los Angeles in Game 4. Steve Kerr’s team let Lonnie Walker IV decimate them from the mid-range in the fourth quarter of that game, which could end up costing them their bid to repeat as champions. To avoid elimination on Wednesday, it is going to take a huge effort from Klay Thompson in particular.
Thompson scored just nine points in Game 4 against the Lakers, shooting 3/11 from the field and 3/9 from three-point range. After averaging 27.5 points per game in the first two games of this series at home, Thompson averaged just 12.0 points in the last two games in Los Angeles. Back at home, look for Thompson to break out once again against the Lakers.