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Los Angeles Clippers Have a Puncher's Chance vs. Golden State Warriors

The Los Angeles Clippers look to extend their best-of-seven playoff series against the Golden State Warriors.

Friday, April 26 at 10:00 PM ET

STAPLES Center

Coverage: ESPN

Lou Williams carried the Clippers in their impressive 129-121 road win last Wednesday, dropping 33 points on 37.0 percent usage and 23 true shot attempts. Williams attempted just two 3-pointers but he had a 66.0 percent effective field goal percentage.

Positive Residual explained that he helped facilitate another 23 points via 10 assists, including three beyond the arc and five at the rim and as usual he was electric in the clutch. Danilo Gallinari finished with 26 points and seven rebounds, Montrezl Harrell had 24 points off the bench and Patrick Beverley added 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

The Clippers finished at 67.0 percent true shooting, a top-10 shooting performance for them this season according to Basketball-Reference.com. They made all 15 of their shots at the rim. Positive Residual shared a player breakdown of their performance at the rim in Game 5:

Montrezl Harrell: 7-for-7

Lou Williams: 4-for-4

Danilo Gallinari: 2-for-2

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: 1-for-1

Patrick Beverley: 1-for-1

NBA Trends:

The Golden State Warriors are:

6-13 ATS in their last 19 games playing with one day of rest

2-5 ATS in their last seven games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game

2-5 ATS in their last seven games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game

The Los Angeles Clippers are:

19-7 ATS in their last 26 Friday games

24-9 ATS in their last 33 games against Pacific Division opponents

8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games playing with one day of rest

9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games following an ATS win

Resilience, an effective bench and balanced contributions can help the Clippers force Game 7 against the Warriors. The Clippers have more depth and their high-scoring second unit has been an issue for the Warriors, preventing them from eliminating the Clippers quickly, as most expected.

The Clippers' bench has outscored the Warriors' reserves 303-150. Los Angeles obviously relies on their second unit a lot more, but there's a reason why they lead all playoff teams in bench scoring with 60.6 points per game.

Most of those contributions come from Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, who combined for 57 points on 23 of 33 shooting in Game 5 and if they replicate that the Clippers will at least stay in this contest.

NBA Pick: Clippers +9.5 (-110) at Jazz Sports

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