Lakers vs. Warriors Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for NBA Playoffs Game 1 (Golden State's Offense Comes to Play)

Lakers vs. Warriors Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for NBA Playoffs Game 1 (Golden State's Offense Comes to Play)


The 2022-23 NBA Playoffs continue on Tuesday with an exciting Game 1 showdown between the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Semifinals.

Lakers vs. Warriors Game Info

  • Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Chase Center -- San Francisco, California
  • Coverage: TNT

The Lakers and Warriors meet in the second round of the NBA Playoffs with a spot in the Western Conference finals on the line. Los Angeles emerged victorious in three of its four regular season games against Golden State this year, but these squads haven't met in the postseason since 1991.

Lakers vs. Warriors Odds & Spread

  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: LAL: (+166) | GSW: (-198)
  • Spread: LAL: +5 (-114) | GSW: -5 (-106)
  • Total: 228 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Warriors enter this contest as home favorites on the spread and moneyline at FanDuel Sportsbook. This Tuesday night clash also features a total of 228 points with both sides available at -110 odds.

Warriors vs Lakers Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Warriors -5 -106 -114 227.5 -110 -110 -198 +166

Lakers vs. Warriors Betting Trends

  • The Warriors have covered the spread 38 times in 80 games with a set spread.
  • The Lakers have an ATS record of 10-16-1 in their 27 games when underdogs by 5 points or more this season.
  • Warriors games have finished with a final combined score above the over/under 44 times this season.
  • Lakers games this season have gone over the total in 42 of 80 opportunities (52.5%).
  • Golden State has covered the spread in a higher percentage of its home games than road games. It has covered 26 times in 40 opportunities at home, and it has covered 12 times in 40 opportunities in away games.
  • Los Angeles has been better against the spread at home (20-19-1) than away (19-20-1) this year.

Lakers vs. Warriors Prediction & Pick

Both of these teams are coming off thrilling first-round series as the Lakers took down the Memphis Grizzlies in six games and the Warriors defeated the Sacramento Kings in seven games. When asked to give a preview of this series Stephen Curry mentioned how LA is a "much different team" since the trade deadline.

The NBA All-Star isn't wrong, as the Lakers have posted a 23-10 record since acquiring the likes of D'Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley and Rui Hachimura on Feb. 9. The new personnel has given head coach Darvin Ham a ton of options, as five different players have led the team in scoring across LA's first six postseason games.

Despite all of that, this is a Warriors team that dominates on its home court. Golden State has won 14 of its last 16 games inside the Chase Center and has also won 15 of its last 20 home games against LA. I'm not fading Curry after he showed in Game 7 (50 points) that he remains an elite sharpshooter.

Final Score Prediction: Lakers: 112 | Warriors: 120

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Lakers vs. Warriors Best Bet

The Warriors should be looking to prove their home dominance following a Game 6 loss to the Kings in their first-round series. After all, this is a Golden State team that ranks sixth in points (119.3), third in three-point percentage (32.6%) and fifth in average scoring margin (+7.4) in home games this season.

The Lakers' defense has stepped up in the playoffs, but it's important to point out that LA still ranks all the way down at 25th when it comes to opponent points per away game (118.8). The Warriors have scored at least 117 points in seven of their last 10 games overall, too, so trust them to ball out.

Bet: Golden State Warriors Over 116.5 Points (-110)

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