Free NBA Playoffs Pick: Trailblazers vs Warriors Lines
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(48-40) Portland Trailblazers vs. Golden State Warriors (73-9)
Round 2: Game 1
Date: Sunday May 1
Time: 3:30PM EST
Venue: ORACLE Arena Oakland, CA Michigan
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Warriors -8
NBA Betting Total: 211
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As the first game of the Western Conference semifinals are about to begin the Blazers have to feel fortunate.
There is no denying they played well winning the last 4 games in the last series to beat the Clippers in 6 games, but they did not have to face the injured Chris Paul and Blake Griffin in the last few games.
Now they face a Golden State team that is without reigning, as well as this season’s likely, MVP Stephen Curry.
Curry hurt his knee in the end of the Houston series and is expected to miss 2 weeks so the Blazers will probably not see him in this series.
In closing out their respective series’ in their last games the Blazers beat the L.A. Clippers 106-103 and the Warriors beat the Houston Rockets 114-81.
The Blazers won their first 2 games in the Clippers’ series with solid D and then in the last 2 wins won with an offense that scored 106 and 108 points respectively in their last 2 wins.
While the Blazers are obviously led by All Star G Damian Lillard the reason they won the Clippers’ series was team effort. I mean Portland won the last 4 games of the series and in the last 3 games Lillard was only a combined 20 for 56 shooting.
C.J. McCollum was solid in the Clippers’ series and for the season he and Lillard each averaged over 20 ppg. Their play will be key in this series and they need to come out aggressive right from the get go.
SF Maurice Harkless was HUGE in the L.A. series and after only averaging 6.4 ppg in the regular season he went for double digits in the last 5 games and combined for 33 in the last 2.
Portland is 10 games under .500 on the road this season, but they did win 1 game in the last series in La La Land.
Golden State Warriors
The big question is can the Warriors still win the title with Curry out a couple of weeks. Well, Golden State looked more than solid in the Game 5 win over Houston where they shot 54.9% from the floor and held the Rockets to 32.6% shooting.
Klay Thomson is the guy that the Blazers have to key on with Curry out, but the Warriors are still deep. Sean Livingston is a very underrated backup PG in Curry’s shadow, but without the MVP in Game 5 of the last series he went for 16 points on 7/8 shooting.
Draymond Green, Brandon Rush, Andrew Bogut, and Harrison Barnes will get more touches inside with Curry out and they have to play well. With the Warriors not raining 3’s with Curry on the floor they will have to used a more balanced attack, which they showed they can do in the Rockets’ series.
This season the Warriors only suffered 1 loss at home.
The Warriors took 2 of 3 games from the Blazers this season and all 3 games were shootouts. In the 2 Golden State wins they scored 128 points both times and in the Blazers’ win they scored 137 points.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
- Trail Blazers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.
- Trail Blazers have an Under record of 6-2 in their last 8 games.
- Warriors are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- Warriors are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- Warriors have an Under record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.
Free Portland Trailblazers vs. Golden State Warriors NBA Prediction:
ESPN said it best saying the Blazers are playing with house money, as they were not supposed to be here.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Blazers +8
There is no pressure on them since they are supposed to lose and while they may lose they will cover the spread.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Golden State 115 – Portland 108
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