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Looking for Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers free NBA playoff picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the Warriors taking on the Blazers on Saturday, April 21, 2017 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon for game 3. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA playoff basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
Western Conference Round 1: Game 3
Date: Saturday, April 21
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Moda Center – Portland, Ore.
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Warriors -6
NBA Betting Total: 217.5
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Th Golden State Warriors have looked the part of a complete team through two games, which is impressive since Game 2 saw them compete without arguably their best player, Kevin Durant.
The Portland Trail Blazers, on the other hand, put together a brilliant performance in terms of its backcourt in Game 1 (despite still losing), but looked incredibly vulnerable in the second outing when nobody stepped up during an off night for both CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard.
Game 3 shifts to Portland where the Blazers are looking for their first victory of the series.
*All statistics, standings, records, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 5:00 p.m. ET.
Golden State Warriors
If it wasn’t clear going into the postseason, it’s blatantly obvious now.
The Warriors are deep.
Not only did Durant sit in Game 2, but Golden State was without backup small forward Matt Barnes and backup point guard Shaun Livingston.
And yet, this group played an even better, more well-rounded game than it did in the first outing.
At this juncture, Durant is questionable heading into Game 3. This team proved that it can rally and defy adversity last time out, but you’ll always choose to play with your star over playing without.
The Moda Center has been a tough venue for road teams in the past, including this Warriors squad.
But one big variable that you’ll need to keep an eye on isn’t Durant’s status, but the status of Portland’s starting center.
Portland Trail Blazers
When the Blazers traded Mason Plumlee for Jusuf Nurkic and a first-round draft pick, it looked as if the team was throwing in the towel and planning for the lottery.
But then Nurk, the 7-footer from Bosnia, made his presence felt on both ends and lifted the team into the eighth seed.
The problem, of course, is that he also (in true Portland big man fashion) managed to fracture a bone in his leg late in the season and has yet to see action in the playoffs.
The Blazers are going to be a long shot to win a game this series whether or not Nurkic plays, but his participation will make a huge difference if the team is hoping to keep things close.
Keep an eye on his status as this game gets closer.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Warriors are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Warriors are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- Warriors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Warriors are 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall
- Trail Blazers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest.
- Trail Blazers are 7-18-2 ATS in their last 27 Conference Quarterfinals games
Free Game 3 Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
Nobody’s going to deny that Kevin Durant is better than Jusuf Nurkic. But when you look at these two rosters, and this particular game, Nurkic is arguably more valuable.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Warriors -6
If Nurk ends up being a go for Saturday, we’d be more tempted to choose the Blazers at home ATS. It’s difficult to envision Portland winning straight up even in that situation, but we could see it coming down to the final few possessions.
With Nurkic out? The Blazers have no chance of keeping this thing close.
Keep that in mind as Saturday night approaches.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Golden State Warriors 119 – Portland Trail Blazers 105
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