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2019 NBA Playoffs – Round 3
(2-0) Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers (0-2)
Date: Saturday, May 18th, 2019
Time: 9:00PM EST
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Golden State -7.5
NBA Betting Total: 218
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The Blazers had their shot to steal one on the road against the best team the league has to offer…and they gave it away.
Portland had a 15-point lead going into the second half of Game 2 and an eight-point lead with about four minutes to go. But Golden State, as it has so many times, proved why the Dubs remain the defending champions.
Golden State looks to avoid having to play catch-up in Game 3, while the Blazers look to avoid a whole no NBA team has ever crawled out of.
Golden State Warriors
Golden State is built to defy adversity. It just doesn’t want to more than about once a series if it doesn’t have to.
It’s clear that Golden State still has a tactical and talent advantage over Portland despite both DeMarcus Cousins and Kevin Durant still recovering. Stephen Curry has easily been the best player in this series, but Draymond Green has maybe been the most important.
His defensive presence—despite his lack of size and length—is unmatched in this postseason. His playmaking out of the elbow is maybe also unmatched among frontcourt players now that Nikola Jokic is out.
Green’s three-pointer is still a broken shot at best and Portland is more than willing to let him shoot. But the way he’s making plays for others on that end of the court, there’s no way the Warriors will stop giving him the ball outside.
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland needs to put pressure on Stephen Curry. It’s easier said than done, but it’s what needs to happen.
The other thing that needs to happen is that the Blazers have to get Damian Lillard involved in the offense in a way that doesn’t require step-back three-pointers from 30-plus feet.
For the Blazers to pull off a Game 3 win, though, it might be the frontcourt offense that is the biggest X-factor. Enes Kanter has proved borderline unplayable in this series. Zach Collins can’t stay out of foul trouble. Meyers Leonard is getting confidence but he’s not someone you can count on to win you a conference finals series.
Portland needs to make sure that the bigs are rotating on defense, as Green and others found too many open looks at the rim in Game 2. But offensively, spreading the court and giving Lillard and McCollum extra space to work with is what’s going to allow the Blazers to not only get a lead but keep it.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 7-1 in GS last 8 Sat. games.
- Under is 16-6 in GS last 22 vs. NBA Northwest.
- GS are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 Sat. games.
- Over is 19-6-1 in POR last 26 home games.
- Over is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings in Portland.
- Over is 20-8 in the last 28 meetings.
Free Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers Prediction: Ain’t nothin’ gonna break their stride…
Ain’t nothin’ gonna slow, them, down. Oh no. Dubs gonna keep on movin’.
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One of two things should happen in this one: Either the Blazers will use their own choke job as the chip they clearly need on their shoulders…or Portland will be so emotionally and physically exhausted from Golden State’s comeback that it becomes painfully clear the series is over.
Until the mostly unproven Trail Blazers can prove the world wrong, we’re going with the latter.
NBA Free Game 3 Score Prediction: Golden State Warriors 118 – Portland Trail Blazers 101
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