Portland Trailblazers (53-29) at Golden State Warriors (57-25)
Series stands 1-0 Golden State
NBA Basketball: Thursday, May 16th, 2019 at 9:00 PM (Oracle Arena)
Line and Odds: Golden State Warriors -7.5 — Over/Under: 220
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The Golden State Warriors will look to continue building on their 1-0 series lead in the Western Conference Finals when they host the Portland Trailblazers in Game 2 of the series Thursday night.
The Golden State Warriors enter Thursday’s contest 7-3 in their last 10 games with a 2-2 record against the Blazers over the regular season. They are home tonight until the series goes to Portland for games three and four, and will only return to Oracle Arena in game five if necessary. The Warriors are without star forward Kevin Durant who is out suffering from a calf injury that could potentially keep him out of the series. However, in Durant’s absence we have seen the Warriors return to ball movement of old, causing for much more efficient play. In wake of Durant’s injury, Curry has stepped up for the Warriors team providing a 33 point performance to put away the Rockets and a 36 point performance in game one against the Blazers.
Golden State entered Tuesday’s match up fully in control, leading by eight at half time then outscoring the Trailblazers by 16 in the fourth quarter to finish them off. The “Splash Brothers” paved the way for Golden State as Curry provided 36 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds while shooting 60% from three point range. Thompson also chipped in 26 points. The biggest factors of the game were a tale as old as time when it comes to the Warriors and their dynasty, bench play and three point shooting. With the three ball, the Warriors made 17 compared to the Blazers 7, giving the warriors a 30 point advantage from those numbers alone. While the Warriors bench has not ranked well this season compared to the past, key players like Quinn Cook (8), Jonas Jerebko (9), and Kevon Looney (6) stepped up in big ways to help the Warrior bench outscore Portland’s 33-17.
The Portland Trailblazers go into today’s game down 0-1 in the series with a tough task of beating the Warriors at home in order to even it up. The Trailblazers are coming off a seven game series against the two seed Denver Nuggets where they also lost game one so the Portland fans should remain optimistic. The Trailblazers will look to rely on their star guard duo Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum who both struggled in game one despite being the teams highest scorers. The Blazers must get more success from their stars as no player for Blazers surpassed 20 points in Tuesday’s match up. In game two, the Blazers will also to fix their defensive struggles as the Warriors pick and roll offense was causing mismatches all night.
The Blazers will look for continued help from their wings Maurice Harkless and Rodney Hood who each provided 17 points for the team, with Kevin Durant out again tonight, look for both to play a key part in the offensive game plan. Damian Lillard will have to return to form if the Blazers look to make up any ground in this series as his past two games he has shot below 25 percent from the field. Despite his poor shooting numbers, the turnover issue also plays a large part in the teams struggles as the Blazers had 21 turnovers, Lillard providing 7 of them. In comparison, the Warriors had 14, and Curry only had 1. As mentioned earlier, the biggest separation from the two teams in game one came from the 3-point line where the Warriors accumulated 30 more points, the Blazers attempted only 5 less threes than Golden State in the match up so style isn’t the issue, success rate is. While the Warriors are notorious for their great long range shooting, the Trailblazers must step up and close the gap from that range or else they won’t just find themselves losing game two, but the entire series.
Cover The Spread 365 NBA Betting Trends
7-3 in last 10 match ups.
2-2 regular season record versus the Portland Trailblazers
Game 1 was Under
6-4 in last 10 match ups.
Averaged 110.25 against Golden State Warriors in Regular Season.
Under in 4 of last 5 match ups against Golden State.
Free NBA Prediction Portland Trailblazers vs. Golden State Warriors
For Thursday’s match up I predict that the game goes under the 220 score prediction and give me the Golden State Warriors to win by more than 7.5. While the Trailblazers have had a history this season of bouncing back in losses, the Warriors are playing some of their best basketball and even without Durant, severely outweigh Portland in terms of talent. The Warriors have outplayed them in terms of movement and outside scoring and I expect that to continue in Oracle tonight, the Blazers will have to make up ground quickly when the series heads back to Portland.
PICK: Golden State Warriors -7.5