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2019 NBA Playoffs – Round 3
(0-1) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors (1-0)
Date: Thursday, May 16th, 2019
Time: 9:00PM EST
Venue: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Golden State -7.5
NBA Betting Total: 218
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The Golden State Warriors did what they were supposed to do in Game 1: They punched the No. 3 seed Portland Trail Blazers right in the chin.
Now it’s Portland’s turn to adjust.
Portland Trail Blazers
Throughout the postseason, Terry Stotts has done a good job (for the most part) of making the right adjustments and getting his players in position to succeed.
He needs to focus here on doing that with Damian Lillard.
In Game 1, Lillard saw a barrage of defenders, not unlike the scheme he faced against New Orleans in the first round a year ago. It forced him into bad shots, and even more important, it forced him to get the ball out of his hands.
Although it’s unfair to ask to make Stotts change his system and Lillard change his style, the Blazers would benefit tremendously from Lillard adopting the relocation three that Stephen Curry has mastered.
Yes, asking a star player with his own style and skill set to change either at this stage of the game is problematic and again unfair. But this team is in the penultimate round of the NBA season, facing one of the greatest teams on one of the greatest runs in league history, and it now trails 0-1 in the series.
It’s time to try getting Lillard open in new ways. Suggesting a wholesale change at this point would be dangerous, but if Lillard can ditch the ball and relocate quickly to the corner, he just may get better looks than he did in Game 1.
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors, even without Kevin Durant, have a surplus of talent. This is not a surprise to Portland, nor should it be a surprise to anyone else five years into this process.
But what makes Golden State truly unique is that it has so many playmakers. Draymond Green can make plays out of the elbow and top of the key maybe most famously, but while all the attention is on the Splash Brothers, this team has plenty of guys whom the guards can kick to for an opportunistic attack at the rim or kick to the corner.
This is something Portland doesn’t have. And it’s why the Warriors can—and will—continue to rush the guards up top.
Barring a Lillard approach change like the one mentioned above, the Dubs have no reason to change it up now.
NBA Betting Trends:
- POR are 21-6 ATS in their last 27 Thu. games.
- GS are 5-14 ATS in their last 19 Thu. games.
- Under is 13-5 in GS last 18 home games.
- Under is 20-8 in GS last 28 vs. NBA Northwest.
- Over is 19-8 in the last 27 meetings
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors Prediction: Blazers bounce back
Portland might’ve needed that beating in Game 1. Because the truth is, the score for the most part was within reach…except, it never really felt in reach because the Blazers just couldn’t get it under seven or so points.
4* Free NBA Playoff Betting Pick: Trail Blazers ATS
In this one, Portland will have a better idea of how Golden State is going to play with that kind of lead and should be the ones making the correct adjustments.
It won’t be convincing, but the Blazers sneak out a rare road playoff win at Oracle Arena.
NBA Free Game 5 Score Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers 115 – Golden State Warriors 112
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