Golden State Down 2-0: Warriors vs. Kings Game 3 Playoff Preview, Odds & Predictions

Golden State Down 2-0: Warriors vs. Kings Game 3 Playoff Preview, Odds & Predictions

After going down 2-0 in their series, the Warriors head back home to host the Kings for Game 3 of the Western Conference first round. The game is expected to tip-off at 10:00 PM ET, Thursday, April 20th, 2023.

Despite their shocking start to the series, the Warriors are a 5.5 point favorite, with hopes that the reigning champs will come out hot at home.

MATCH PREVIEW

The Warriors are facing a must-win situation as they host the Kings in Game 3 of the Western Conference first round.

The Kings have been dominant in the series so far, winning both games, including a 114-106 victory in the last meeting behind De’Aaron Fox’s 24 points.

Golden State will rely on their offensive firepower, as they average 118.9 points per game, which ranks second in the Western Conference. Led by shooting guard Stephen Curry, who is averaging 29.4 points per game, they will look to outscore the Kings and get back into the series. Fellow shooter Jordan Poole has also been impressive, averaging 20.5 points over the last 10 games.

The Kings, on the other hand, will try to continue their winning ways and complete the sweep of the series. Forward Domantas Sabonis has been a force, averaging 19.1 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 7.3 assists per game. Fox has also been stellar, averaging 22.1 points and 6.1 assists over the past 10 games.

Injuries could be a factor for the Warriors, as Andre Iguodala is out with a wrist injury, and Draymond Green is serving a league suspension.

In the last 10 games, the Warriors have gone 6-4, averaging 121.7 points per game while shooting 48.9 percent from the field.

Sacramento, on the other hand, have gone 5-5, averaging 117.9 points per game while shooting 46.6 percent from the field.

The Kings have a 19-13 record in games decided by 10 points or more, while the Warriors have gone 30-22 against Western Conference opponents. It’s a must-win game for the Dubs, as they try to avoid a series sweep and keep their playoff hopes alive.

ODDS AND PREDICTIONS

The Kings and Warriors have been playing with intense physicality in the first two games of their series, resulting in a suspension for Green, a sore chest for Sabonis, and the Warriors trailing by two games.

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The Warriors desperately need to win Game 3 to keep their playoff hopes alive, and more than likely they will do so, even without Green. However, it won’t be an easy task, as their opponents have been dominant in the series thus far.

Golden State struggled on the road during the regular season, but they excelled at home, going 33-8.  Expect their bench to step up, with Poole and Andrew Wiggins making a big impact alongside Curry, who will likely score 30 points.

However, Sacramento have been competitive all season long and will likely keep it close in the fourth quarter. We recommend taking the Kings to beat the spread, while the Warriors win the game. But remember, it’s important to keep in mind that sports betting always involves a degree of risk, and there’s no guarantee that the Kings can keep it close if the Warriors are able to replicate last year’s playoff performances. As always, it’s essential to do your research and make an informed decision based on the available data.

Spread: Warriors -5.5

Moneyline: Warriors -210, Kings +176

Pick: Kings +5.5

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