J.J. Redick and the Los Angeles Clippers begin their playoff journey in Game 1 against David Lee and the Golden State Warriors. This series should be tight as these teams split their season series, 2-2.
The Los Angeles Clippers start the playoffs following an outstanding regular season in which they had a record of 57-25. On the other hand, the Golden State Warriors enter the playoffs coming off a great regular season, posting a record of 51-31.
From an eFG% perspective, this series will be a battle of strength versus strength. In the regular season, Los Angeles's sweet-shooting offense ranked fourth in the NBA in that metric at 52.6%, while Golden State was third-best in the league at forcing opponents' misses (47.7%). Los Angeles is among the best in the league in several advanced metrics, while the Warriors rank highly in a couple. The Clippers are in the top five in offensive efficiency (first), free throw attempt rate (second), and effective field goal percentage (fourth), while Golden State excels in effective field goal percentage defense (third) and defensive rebounding percentage (fifth).