Los Angeles Lakers to grab finals spot

Los Angeles Lakers to grab finals spot

The Los Angeles Lakers is aiming to return in the Finals of the West when they battle their hearts out against the Golden State Warriors. Lakers is just a win away from reaching the Finals of the Western Conference, which is a little shy of them in the past. Moreover, the defending champions failed to be at their best this series. The battle between these two NBA champions is one of the most-anticipated battles this season. Lakers did not have an easy journey going into the semi-finals, as they need to play in the play-in series. The Warriors on the other hand is still positive that they can win and qualify for the next round. This meeting is hosted by the Warriors on May 11, 2023, at 10:00 AM (GMT+8).

Los Angeles Lakers

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers
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The Lakers are with confidence coming into this match as they are already a step closer from earning a spot in the conference finals. They did not have a nice journey ever since the playoff started. They went to a bottle-neck battles in the play-in, before being dominant with their series against the Grizzlies. Against the Warriors, the Lakers were also dominant, winning three games, putting them a win away from entering the conference finals. The greatest advantage of the Lakers in this series is their height, causing issue for their opponents. Moreover, their bench is doing really well in this series, as their bench players are also stepping up. Rui Hachimura, and Lonnie Walker IV have been a revelation for the Lakers. Despite their advantage, the Lakers cannot be relaxed, as they are going against the defending champions.

LeBron James, and Anthony Davis, who leads the Lakers with 22.6, and 21.4 points per game, are still questionable despite playing all series. These two still have injuries and have yet to fully recover. Mo Bamba on the other hand is listed as unavailable here, following his ankle injury.

Golden State Warriors

NBA: Golden State Warriors
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The Warriors on the other hand remains hopeful that they could climb back from a two-game deficit against the Lakers. As the defending champions, they want nothing but to defend the title. However, they now find themselves with backs against the wall, as they are in a do-or-die situation against the Lakers. They need to turn the tables around in order to qualify for the conference Finals, which means they need to make three wins in a row. Fortunately, for this match, the Warriors are playing at home. They are one of the teams with the best records at home, so this format might work for their advantage. This is not the first time that the Warriors are facing this situation. It will be interesting to see how the Warriors can respond in this important match.

The splash brothers, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson remains to lead the Warriors with 30.6 and 20.3 points per game apiece. However, in this important match, Andre Iguodala, and Ryan Rollins could have offered a huge help, but both are out here. Patrick Baldwin Jr. on the other hand is probable in Game 5.

Prediction:

Los Angeles Lakers
Total Under: 109.5
Odds: 0.83

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