NBA · Thu (5/4) @ 9:15pm ET
|LA Lakers||at||GS Warriors|
|Chase Center, San Francisco, California|
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That’s Entertainment, Part 2, picks up where Part 1 ended, as Golden State hosts Los Angeles in the Western Conference semifinals Thursday night. Here’s a look at predictions, odds, and props ahead of Game 2 of the Lakers vs. Warriors NBA Playoff series.
Who knows how long we would have been watching Game 1, captured by the Lakers 117-112, if Jordan Poole had hit the game-tying three-pointer for Golden State in the final seconds?
He didn’t, the Warriors trail, and now they are a lopsided moneyline chalk in what’s perceived across the sports betting landscape as a get-back-to-even game.
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Lakers vs. Warriors Game 2 Odds: Point Spread, Moneyline, Total
Early wagering action has pushed the betting line toward the Warriors, who are as high as -270 on the moneyline (Caesars), with -240 at DraftKings the best price we’re seeing on the favorite Thursday morning.
The Lakers can be had for +215 at Caesars.
The point spread ranges from Warriors -5.5 (BetMGM) to Lakers +6.5 (BetRivers) as of this post.
The total sits 227.5 market-wide, a tick up from the 227 in Game 1, which snuck Over the number. There were only 45 points scored in the last quarter, and this wager became close.
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Warriors vs Kings Game 2 Betting Trends
The big money is on Golden State for the second game of this series, while the smaller wagers reveal more parity, according to DraftKings.
The Warriors have 78% support on the spread handle and 56% of the tickets. Golden State has 78% of the moneyline handle, but only 58% of the tickets, a majority to be sure but an area in which a fair number of bettors back an underdog pluck.
The Under has 56% of the handle, while the Over has 67 % of the tickets. It’s always interesting to see where a game plays out after there is a split among the bettors.
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Marquee Players Spike Lakers-Warriors Betting Appeal
According to NBA.com, Game 7 between the Warriors and Sacramento Kings on Sunday averaged 9.8 million viewers, the league’s most-watched first-round playoff game in 24 years.
That translates into betting interest.
Gamblers sink their teeth into a star-filled matchup. It’s LeBron James and Steph Curry, it’s teams that have featured dominant runs and NBA titles. It’s the fifth time LeBron and Steph have met in the NBA Playoffs.
“This is one of the biggest bet series, outside of the finals, in every game,” Johnny Avello, director of race and sportsbook operations for DraftKings, told Gaming Today. “You have two super popular teams. You just love to watch all the personalities on the floor.
“The bettors love this wide-open game from Golden State. The Warriors bring the ball down the court and can shoot the ball from 40 feet. These guys are unafraid out there. I personally enjoy watching Curry play.”
Curry adds panache, especially when launching outside shots. When he knows it’s true, Curry is already heading back to his defensive position, knowing the shot will go in. This is visual joy to a bettor with Curry props, the Warriors, or the Over.
The Lakers, meanwhile, have LeBron.
“A lot of people were apprehensive about whether the Lakers would make the playoffs and here they are, LeBron and his cast of characters,” Avello said. “Bettors like seeing who is going to step up with him each game.”
Who Steps Up With LeBron in Game 2?
This has indeed been the Lakers’ mantra: Get James to produce 20 or more points every game and see who else gains a spotlight in each contest.
In Game 1, it was Anthony Davis. He delivered 30 points, 23 rebounds, five assists, and four blocked shots. Davis joined James, who had 22 points.
D’Angelo Russell added 19 points. He’s another in the “cast of characters” able to deliver a big game to complement James.
Warriors Prop Bettors Eye Curry
Curry was “held” to 27 points. That’s relatively pedestrian after his 50-point outburst against the Sacramento Kings, helping the Warriors gain a 120-100 Game 7 victory in the opening round.
For prop bettors, Curry was 6-for-13 in 3-pointers.
Klay Thompson added 25.
Lakers vs. Warriors Game 2 Prop Bets
Here are just a few of the hundreds of props offered at sportsbooks for Thursday night’s Game 2 at Chase Center.
Player Points Totals
- Andrew Wiggins 17.5 (Over -110, Under -120)
- Davis 26.6 (Over -110, Under -120)
- Russell 15.5 (Over -125, Under -105)
- Jordan Poole 14.5 (-115 both sides)
- Curry 30.5 (Over -120, Under -110)
- James 25.5 (Over -120, Under -110)
- Davis 14.5 (Over -140, Under +110)
- Kevon Looney 13.5 (-115 both sides)
Points + Rebounds + Assists Total
- Looney 24.5 (-115 both sides)
- James 41.5 (Over -110, Under -120)
Here’s an early-bird same-game parlay offered on the FanDuel Sportsbook app. First-quarter player points totals, all must go Over.
- Curry 7.5
- Thompson 6.5
- James 5.5
- Davis 7.5
Hit them all, and it pays out at +1198 odds.
Top Point Scorer for the Game
- Curry -105
- Davis +360
- James +410
Will there be Overtime?
- Yes +1500
- No -7000
Lakers vs. Warrios Game 2 Predictions
We see a Warriors bounce-back victory Thursday night to even the series, and a big night on the boards for Kevon Looney.
- Looney Over 13.5 in Rebounds
- GSW Moneyline -240 (Bet it at DraftKings)
How to Watch Lakers vs. Warriors Game 2
Game Date: Thursday, May 4, 2023
Game Time:9 p.m. ET
Location: Chase Center, San Francisco, Calif.