The Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers are tied at 1-1 after the reigning defending champions torched the Purple & Gold on Friday. But will the Lakers get back the series lead in Game 3? Or, will the Warriors go overcome their demons on the road and go up in the series, 2-1?

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Away: Golden State Warriors (1-1)

Projected Starting Five:

  • PG: Stephen Curry
  • SG: Klay Thompson
  • SF: Andrew Wiggins
  • PF: Draymond Green
  • C: Kevon Looney

There was no way that the Warriors were going to let Los Angeles go up in the series 2-0. Behind the hot-shooting of Klay Thompson and the decisive playmaking of Stephen Curry, the Warriors were able to annihilate the Lakers in Game 2 for a 127-100 victory. Thompson made it rain from deep, draining eight 3-pointers on 11 attempts. 

As a team, the Warriors have already sunk a total of 30 3-pointers in this series, and that’s the most they’ve had in a two-game playoff stretch in franchise history. The three-ball remains a major weapon for the Warriors, who used it in Game 2 to soften and loosen up the Lakers’ interior defense. In the first half alone of Game 2, Golden State already had 30 points in the paint and finished with 48. They only had 28 total in the series opener. 


Home: Los Angeles Lakers (1-1)

Projected Starting Five:

  • PG: D’Angelo Russell
  • SG: Austin Reaves
  • SF: LeBron James
  • PF: Jarred Vanderbilt
  • C: Anthony Davis

The Lakers will have to scrub Game 2 off their memory. After a fantastic 117-112 win in Game 1, the Lakers failed to even be half as effective on the court in Game 2 as they were in the series opener. The good news for LeBron James and company is that they’re heading home for Games 3 and 4. 

The Lakers have won five of their last six home games against Golden State and have also gone 4-2 ATS in those contests.  For what it’s worth, the Lakers have also won nine consecutive games after a series got tied at 1-1. It’s the longest such streak ever in the history of the league. Trends aside, the Lakers need Anthony Davis to get back into form after he had a relatively anemic showing in Game 2. He’s alternated cold and hot performances this postseason, so he could be due for another big outing this Sunday.


Spread: The Lakers (-3.0) cover the spread.

Over/Under: The total (227.0) hits the Over.