Lakers to whack Warriors on Monday and take 3-1 series lead

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  • Anthony Davis registered 25 points,13 rebounds, four blocks and three steals in a dominant Game 3 win
  • TNT airs Game 4 from Arena in Los Angeles, CA on Monday, May 8th at 10 p.m. ET

After being blown out by the Warriors in Game 2, Los Angeles returned the favor on Saturday with a 127-97 Game 3 victory. With one more game on their home court, the Lakers have a chance to take a commanding 3-1 series lead over a Golden State team that has been miserable on the road all season.

Can the reigning champions rebound on Monday night? Before we look at the opening line, check out the latest 2023 NBA Playoff Betting Odds and our guide to betting on NBA basketball.

Lakers vs Warriors – Game 4

BetOnline ReviewSpreadMoney LineTotal Points
Golden State Warriors+3.5 (-113)+140Ov 227.5 (-105)
Los Angeles Lakers-3.5 (-107)-160Un 227.5 (-115)

Which Anthony Davis will show up?

Anthony Davis scored a game-high 25 points with 13 rebounds, four blocks and three steals in a 127-97 blowout victory on Saturday. The 30-year-old power forward has strangely been up and down all postseason. AD averaged 28.5 points and 17.8 rebounds against the Grizzlies in Games 1, 3 and 5 and Game 1 against the Warriors, versus just 13 points and 10.3 rebounds in Games 2, 4 and 6 against Memphis and Game 2 against Golden State.

The good news is that Davis and Lebron James should be fresh for Monday night’s matchup after Los Angeles rested most of their starters in the fourth-quarter. While both superstars played over 40 minutes in the Lakers’ Game 1 win, they each played under 33 minutes in Game 3.

Can the Warriors rebound?

Golden State committed 19 turnovers on Saturday. They shot just 39.6 percent from the field and had just 17 free-throw attempts compared to the Lakers’ 37. After scoring 30 points in the Warriors’ Game 2 win, Klay Thompson finished with 15 points on 5-of-14 shooting. He was also a minus-23 after committing six turnovers – the most he’s ever had in 154 playoff games.

Steph Curry led Golden State with 23 points in Game 3, but Los Angeles has largely kept him in check. Through three contests, Curry is averaging only 23.3 points after recording 33.7 points per game in the Warriors’ 4-3 series victory over Sacramento.

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Los Angeles vs Golden State

The Lakers are 3.5-point home favorites on Monday night. Los Angeles is 4-0 in Arena this postseason while the Warriors are 2-2 as the visiting club. Golden State had the fourth-worst road record (10-31) in the entire league during the regular season, but they found a way to steal Games 5 and 7 in Sacramento.

Game 4’s over/under is set at 227.5 points. Only the series opener has exceeded that total so far. Following their Game 2 loss, LeBron James told reporters that his Lakers were “still the best defensive team in the league.” After proving just that in Game 3, Darvin Ham’s club will look to shutdown GS again.

Best Bet

While Steve Kerr’s squad desperately needs a win on Monday to avoid falling in the dreaded 3-1 series hole, we don’t think they’ll get it. Los Angeles has been lights out on home court of late, and with their top stars ready and rested for battle, they won’t let home-court advantage slip through their fingers.

Take the Lakers to cover the 3.5 points with the UNDER.

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