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Can Steph take out LeBron in the Play-In Tournament? It's possible but not likely.

Warriors vs. Lakers Prediction – Wednesday, May 19

Day 2 of the NBA Play-In Tournament features a game with star talent more similar to that of an NBA Final than a tournament to determine seeding of the final two teams to make the playoffs. Let’s get started with our Warriors vs. Lakers prediction.

Warriors vs. Lakers Odds

TeamMoneylineML Public Betting %Point SpreadPoint Spread Public Betting %Total PointsTotal Points Public Betting %
Golden State Warriors+18023%+5 -10539%O219.5 -10958%
Los Angeles Lakers-20077%-5 +10061%U219.5 -10542%

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Warriors vs. Lakers

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. I think if you told LeBron James before the season that he’d be playing in the Play-In Tournament come May he would have sat the season out. But, here we are as the LeBron-led Lakers take on Steph Curry and the Warriors. A Warriors vs. Lakers prediction will be tough to make, but let’s break down how each team got here and what I expect to see on Wednesday.

Golden State Warriors

I usually make it a point to watch Steph Curry whenever I have the chance. He is the most electrifying player in the NBA, and I don’t even think it’s close. What he did this season, putting this Warriors team on his back the way he did, should have gotten him serious MVP consideration.

 Curry Averaged 32 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game while finishing sixth in the NBA in PER (26.37). He shot 12.7 three-pointers per game and made them at an insane 42.1% clip. All you needed to do was watch him absolutely demolish the Grizzlies on Sunday in order to truly understand how great he’s been.

The issue with Golden State continues to be the supporting cast around Curry. Their second leading scorer is Andrew Wiggins, who still struggles to create looks for himself off the dribble. Rookie forward James Wiseman is hurt and out for the season. Draymond Green is playing solid basketball but isn’t an offensive threat. My concern for the Warriors is one bad night from Steph and the whole thing comes crumbling down.

Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron James has made his feelings on the NBA Play-In Tournament publicly know, joking that whoever made the decision to go with this format should be fired. Funny enough, James was all for it last season when his team cruised throughout the regular season. Funny.

Either way, we will get one of two different Lakers teams on Wednesday night, and it completely makes or breaks any Warriors vs. Lakers prediction. The first potential option is we get a pissed off LeBron and AD that take their spot in the Play-In Tournament personally and completely dominate throughout ta playoff run. The other outcome is we get an apathetic LeBron that is sulking about the fact he has to play in a tournament like this and they get blown out.

I think either is possible, but the former is more likely. LeBron James is the best player since Michael Jordan and takes his legacy extremely seriously. I don’t think he’s going to roll over. I think we’re going to see vintage playoff LeBron on Wednesday.

Warriors vs. Lakers Prediction

The first thing I can tell you is this game is going to be a ton of fun to watch. Steph Curry is going to shoot a million times and anything can happen if that’s the case. My heart is begging me to pick the Warriors moneyline, and I don’t think it’s a terrible option. But, I’m going with them +5 instead. I think we get a close, hard-fought game. The difference to me is that the Lakers have another superstar in Anthony Davis, even if he’s not 100% healthy right now. Steph’s offensive support system consists of Anthony Wiggins and Kelly Oubre, and I’m just not sure that’s enough to take out the King. Lakers win this one by a bucket.

Warriors vs. Lakers Prediction & Pick

Warriors +5 @ -105 (Click to bet)

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Brian is a sports journalist with close to ten years of experience in the business. A lifelong Philadelphia sports fan with a passion for all things sports gambling.


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