Los Angeles Lakers vs Golden State Warriors Prediction: 2021 NBA Play-In Game Bet Pick

Here are The Game Day’s Lakers vs Warriors prediction and bets for the 2021 NBA Playoffs, including our Los Angeles-Golden State Play-In Game preview, highlighting LeBron James vs Steph Curry.

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Los Angeles Lakers vs Golden State Warriors Prediction: 2021 NBA Play-In Game Bet Tips & Pick

Los Angeles Lakers 2020-2021 Recap

After finishing first in the NBA Western Conference and winning the NBA Finals last year, the Lakers fell back to earth a bit this year. Their record slipped from 52-19 to 42-30, as LeBron James was sidelined for most of the second half with an ankle injury. Los Angeles was 30-15 with him on the court, but slumped to 12-15 without him and missed clinching a guaranteed playoff berth by one game.

James is back for the postseason, however, and ready to resume his quest for a fifth NBA title. The Lakers shouldn’t have to worry about their 36-year-old superstar wearing down, either, after playing the fewest regular-season games of his career.

Golden State Warriors 2020-2021 Recap

The Warriors were also bit by the injury bug, losing Klay Thompson (torn Achilles) for the second year in a row. That put much of the offensive burden on Stephen Curry, who responded with perhaps the best statistical season of his career. The NBA’s leading scorer carried Golden State to a 39-33 record, drawing comparisons to mid-2000s Kobe Bryant due to his lack of supporting talent.

Curry wasn’t entirely a one-man band, however, as he did get some help from Andrew Wiggins, Kelly Oubre, and Draymond Green. Head coach Steve Kerr also deserves credit for guiding the Warriors back to contention after finishing last in the Western Conference the previous year.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Golden State Warriors Matchup

After squaring off in four straight NBA Finals from 2015-2018, James and Curry are set to clash again. Curry is always capable of winning a game by himself if he gets hot, and James remains a force of nature even at this stage of his career. Given how reliant both teams have been on their superstars this year, whoever has the better game for the LeBron vs Steph play-in will likely come out on top.


Los Angeles Lakers vs Golden State Warriors Prediction

  • Los Angeles Lakers 104, Golden State Warriors 96

Curry’s heroics aside, the Lakers are the better team. They had the second-best record in the Western Conference before James went down, and still nearly secured a postseason berth anyways despite losing him for a good chunk of the season. Los Angeles ranked first in Defensive Rating and allowed the second-fewest points per game this season, so Curry and co. will have their work cut out for them on offense.


Los Angeles Lakers vs Golden State Warriors Bet Pick

Lakers To Win 2021 NBA Play-In Game (-275)

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Lakers To Defeat Warriors In 2021 NBA Play-In Game

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It’ll be close, but James and the Lakers will probably prevail. Their elite defense should force the ball out of Curry’s hands and deny him open looks, limiting his chances of a monster game. The Warriors have had more success in their previous playoff matchups against James, but look for him to get the W here.

 

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  • Celtics +300 to win NBA Title

    The Boston Celtics are +300 to win the 2021-22 NBA Championship, per BettingPros consensus odds.

    Betting Impact:
    The Celtics are +300 ahead of their home date with the Warriors for Game 6. We will see a considerable odds shift if the Celtics can win Game 6 on their homecourt. Boston was +310 after Game 5.

  • Celtics vs. Warriors over/under listed at 210

    The over/under for Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors is listed at 210, per BettingPros consensus odds.

    Betting Impact:
    The total for this contest sits at 210, down from the 210.5 it opened at. 60 percent of the public action has come on the over.

  • Warriors -400 to win NBA Championship

    The Golden State Warriors are -400 to win the NBA Championship, per BettingPros consensus odds.

    Betting Impact:
    Golden State now sits at a prohibitive -400 to win the NBA Championship. For comparison, Stephen Curry MVP is -360. Andrew Wiggins, the dark horse to steal the award with a big close-out game, sits at +2000.

  • Celtics +310 to win NBA Championship

    The Boston Celtics are +310 to win the 2021-22 NBA Championship, per BettingPros consensus odds.

    Betting Impact:
    The Celtics peaked as high as high as -230 prior to Game 3 and now sit at an attractive +310. Boston entered the season at +4000. The odds could swing wildly again if Boston wins Game 6.

  • Warriors vs. Celtics over/under listed at 210.5

    The over/under for Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics is listed at 210.5, per BettingPros consensus odds.

    Betting Impact:
    The total for this contest sits at 210.5, down from the 212.5 it opened at. 72 percent of the public action has come on the over.