The perfect sequence of the primary spherical of the NBA playoffs continues on Friday, when the defending champion Warriors host the fan favourite Kings in a possible close-out spot at dwelling.

Golden State enters Friday’s contest as a large dwelling favourite to finish this sequence and to make good on their overwhelming pre-matchup odds to advance regardless of being the decrease seed on this matchup.

Will the Dubs end the job, or can Sacramento pressure a decisive Sport 7 at dwelling?

Right here’s how we’re betting Friday’s contest, which ideas off at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Warriors vs. Kings odds

(by way of BetMGM)

  • Warriors -7.5 (-110), moneyline -300
  • Kings +7.5 (-110), moneyline +240
  • O/U 236.5 (-110)

Warriors vs. Kings prediction and evaluation

(8 p.m. ET on ESPN)

Simply as we anticipated in our Sport 5 preview, the Warriors prolonged their file streak of 28 postseason sequence with a minimum of one highway win, quieting the critics of their checkered highway file in the course of the common season and early on this sequence.

And with a 3-2 lead on their very own dwelling courtroom, this seems like a quintessential close-out spot for a workforce that is aware of care for enterprise within the playoffs.

Golden State seemed each bit just like the workforce we’ve come to count on over the previous few years with its monumental Sport 5 win in Sacramento.

Stephen Curry (31 factors) led all scorers regardless of a lackluster day from deep; Klay Thompson (25) and Draymond Inexperienced (21) joined the scoring parade; and Kevon Looney (22 rebounds, 7 assists) did the soiled work to safe his workforce’s destiny.

Now this group returns dwelling, the place it’s been just about unbeatable all season lengthy.

The Warriors boasted the NBA’s third-best outright dwelling file (33-8) with one of the best mark in opposition to the unfold (28-14-1) within the common season, and so they’ve received their two dwelling video games on this sequence by a mixed 18 factors.

Draymond Inexperienced
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That alone is a large problem for the Kings to beat.

So is the harm to star guard De’Aaron Fox (finger), which was clearly an element within the workforce’s crushing loss on Wednesday.

After averaging 31.5 factors by means of the primary 4 video games of this sequence, the All-Star guard completed with 24 factors on simply 9-of-25 taking pictures (36%), together with 3-of-10 from deep (30%).

He additionally received to the free-throw line simply 3 times all sport and completed with a team-high six turnovers – tied for his most in a sport for the reason that season opener on Oct. 19.

Clearly, Fox isn’t at his greatest with that fractured finger on his left taking pictures hand, and his teammates struggled to hold the load.

Domantas Sabonis (21 factors) topped 15 factors for less than the second time this sequence, however the remainder of the workforce shot simply 44% from the sector with middling effectivity from deep.

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The Kings’ protection can’t sustain.

The Warriors shot a ridiculous 52.1% in Sport 5, which comes after they made half their photographs in Sport 4, too.

They usually didn’t even shoot nicely from deep (28.9%) or the free-throw line (63.2%) on Wednesday, each of which appear ripe for optimistic regression in Sport 6.

As this sequence wears on, Sacramento’s largest weaknesses – shoddy protection and a heavy reliance on Fox’s playmaking and shot creation – are effervescent to the floor, and the reigning champs are too seasoned to not take benefit.

It is a huge quantity to put in a sequence that’s been aggressive thus far, however it feels just like the deadly blow is approaching Friday.

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