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(15-21) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors (30-5)
Date: Wednesday January 4
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Oracle Arena in Oakland, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Warriors -15
NBA Betting Total: 224.5
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The Warriors survived a tough charge at home from the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night but moved to 30-5 and 15-2 at home with the win.
This is the third matchup between the Blazers and the Warriors with Golden State having won the previous two by a combined 68 points.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers enjoyed a nice 7-4 start but have been struggling for most of the season since that point – currently sitting at 15-21 while also being on the fringe for the 8th and final playoff spot in the West.
The major reason for Portland’s struggles this season has been their performance defensively. The Blazers are allowing the third most points per game in the NBA at 110.9.
They are also allowing opponents to shoot a third highest 38 percent from 3 point range.
Neither of those are good signs when facing this Warriors team with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant all on the perimeter.
Portland is 7th in the NBA in points per game so they have found ways to win games despite their defensive weaknesses.
But, getting into a shootout with the Warriors is a dangerous game to play yet may be the only way Portland can play against them.
In Portland’s first loss to Golden State, the Blazers were within 6 at halftime before getting outscored 41-20 in the third quarter.
The second time these teams played, Golden State hung 70 on Portland in the first half and outscored them in all four quarters on the way to a 45 point victory.
The Blazers could be without star point guard Damian Lillard in this game due to an ankle injury in which case the Blazers would have no chance.
With or without Lillard, this is a bad matchup for Portland. The Golden State guards are able to neutralize their offensive strengths and the Blazers just don’t have the answer defensively to hang with Curry, Durant, and co.
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors have survived back to back scares from Atlanta and Denver but are still rolling right now – winners of 10 of their last 11.
They should have no issues keeping that going against a Portland team that they have crushed twice already this season and could be without Lillard.
The Warriors are outscoring their opponents by an average of 12.6 points per game on the season but this has only made them a sub .500 team ATS.
The Warriors are better ATS at home than on the road but only slightly. They are a challenging team to bet to cover as their spreads are always high.
If Lillard isn’t able to go, this spread could be around 20 or Steve Kerr could choose to rest some of his guys making the game nearly impossible to bet.
However, the total is a different story. The Warriors obviously score points in bunches which at times causes their defense to ease up. They are allowing the 13th most points per game this season.
Warriors’ games this season are averaging 222 total points per game – tops in the NBA with Houston being the only team that is close.
But, again the totals are always very high – too high in fact.
The Warriors are the NBA’s 8th best under bet – going under nearly 55 percent of the time.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Portland is 7-13 ATS on the road this season
- Portland is the NBA’s 9th best over bet
- Golden State is the NBA’s 8th best under bet
- Golden State is 12-7 ATS with 1 day of rest
- Under is 14-5 for Golden State with 1 day of rest
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors NBA Prediction:
The status of Lillard will obviously dictate this line and the bet to take but I would imagine Portland holds him out in a game they likely won’t be able to win.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Warriors ATS, and STRONG Lean UNDER.
The under is likely the play here assuming it is around the 220 range.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Golden State 111 – Portland 90
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