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2019 NBA Playoffs – Round 3
(0-0) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors (0-0)
Date: Tuesday, May 14th, 2019
Time: 6:00PM EST
Venue: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Golden State -7.5
NBA Betting Total: 219
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Before the 2018-19 season began, CJ McCollum invited Kevin Durant on his podcast. While the conversation was mostly friendly, it got a bit awkward when Durant (paraphrasing) told him not to worry about what goes on at the top and to stop pretending Portland had a chance to win a championship.
Here we are today and the Blazers are ready to face off against KD’s Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.
Time to see McCollum and Portland can make Durant eat his words, or if the free agent-to-be was right all along.
Portland Trail Blazers
McCollum has a lot of bulletin board material entering this series considering his conversation with Durant, but there’s an even more important thing he has going for him: momentum.
In Game 7 against the Denver Nuggets, McCollum completely took over. Damian Lillard, despite nearing a triple-double when it was all said and done, failed to put together an efficient shooting night. It wasn’t the first of the series, and McCollum went off for clutch bucket after clutch bucket in the fourth and came up with one of the most clutch plays of the entire postseason with his late-game chase-down block—and that’s in a postseason including Lillard’s walk-off game-winner against OKC and Kawhi Leonard’s walk-off Game 7 game-winner against Philly.
Portland needs Lillard to be right in this one, but it also needs there to be at least two more reliable options on any given play.
McCollum has proved he can be counted upon not just to be a second option but a No. 1 scorer when needed, and quite frankly, he has a strong claim as the best second scorer remaining in the postseason with Durant sidelined.
Golden State Warriors
WIth Durant down, Golden State resembles the core of old.
Heck, they even have Andrew Bogut starting at center. It’s honestly both weird and refreshing.
With Durant out, though, Stephen Curry has a clear path to becoming the playoffs’ official MVP. Lillard owned that title in the first round, Nikola Jokic or Kawhi Leonard likely stole it in Round 2, and now Curry, coming off his brilliant 30-plus-point second half against the Houston Rockets, is ready to officially take over.
The Warriors can’t completely go away from their game plan—in fact, a more team-oriented scheme is going to be exactly what this team needs with both Durant and DeMarcus Cousins down.
But if Steph gets in a groove, which can definitely happen against this Blazers team that has given up plenty of open looks throughout the first two rounds from deep, it could be the catalyst to his first Finals MVP one round later.
NBA Betting Trends:
- POR are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 Tue. games.
- GS are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 Tue. games.
- Under is 12-5 in GS last 17 home games.
- Under is 36-16 in GS last 52 Tue. games.
- Over is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors Prediction: Warriors pull away late.
The Blazers seem ready for this battle, but remember, they’re still down Jusuf Nurkic and now potentially Rodney Hood.
4* Free NBA Playoff Betting Pick: Golden State ATS
The Blazers will keep this close through the first three quarters, but when it matters, the Dubs will do what they do best and run away with it.
Warriors get Game 1 at home.
NBA Free Game 5 Score Prediction: Golden State Warriors 125 – Portland Trail Blazers 112
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