Thursday NBA picks, best bets: Look for Warriors' role players to step up vs. Lakers

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Now that we remain in the thick of the NBA playoffs, the basketball wagering market is hotter than ever. CBS Sports will be offering everyday choices throughout of the postseason. Sam Quinn will make a minimum of one choice for each video game in between now and the NBA Finals. All lines thanks to Caesars Sportsbook.

Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors

Featured Game | Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have actually been terrific as underdogs because the trade due date, however they tend to lose focus in video games that do not rather certify as must-win. In the preliminary versus Memphis, they took home-court benefit in Game 1… and after that lost Game 2 with Ja Morant out. In the routine season, they sat Anthony Davis out of a video game versus the Houston Rockets that would have had essential seeding implications… and lost. They required overtime to beat the Utah Jazz in the recently of the season. They got the roadway win they required on Tuesday. What are the chances that Anthony Davis plays 44 minutes earlier in Game 2? Or that LeBron James plays 40? The Lakers would like to win Game 2, however they do not require it. They got the split they were searching for. Now Golden State is the desperate group, and it’s a function they have actually prospered in throughout their dynasty. The Pick: Warriors -6

Kevon Looney has at least 13 rebounds in his previous 6 championship game. He’s balancing simply over 16 of them per video game. Now… why is his line so low for Game 2? Vegas appears to anticipate the Warriors to go little after the Lakers destroyed them inside in Game 1. They most likely will. But even if they do, there is no assurance that Looney goes to the bench over Draymond Green, particularly if the Warriors dedicate more on-ball ownerships to Stephen Curry, which would render Green far less important offensively. And if Looney does go to the bench? He’s balancing one rebound every 112 seconds he plays this postseason. That implies to reach 8 rebounds, he’d just require to play 26 minutes to strike this overall on his existing average. That’s totally achievable, particularly if Looney’s minutes come versus the little Laker bench lineups. The Pick: Looney Over 13.5 Rebounds

Our own Brad Botkin set out the case for more Jordan Poole minutes, and it’s a sensible one. The Lakers won Game 1 by neglecting Golden State’s non-shooters. By playing Poole, the Warriors might drag Davis out of the paint, force LeBron James to safeguard a genuine scorer rather of playing aid specifically and even require a bad protector in D’Angelo Russell to engage with among their star guards. Yes, it would imply making Davis’ life even much easier than it remained in Game 1, however just how much better can he actually play? Is he going to end up with 40 points and 30 rebounds versus one-big lineups? That appears not likely thinking about how tired he was at completion of Game 1. Expect the Warriors to go little, and anticipate Poole to be active early in Game 2. The Pick: Poole Over 14.5 Points

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