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(0-0) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors (0-0)
The Golden State Warriors were always going to land the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. This group was built with a championship-or-bust mentality, and this is the time of year that proves whether or not that goal comes to fruition.
The Portland Trail Blazers, on the other hand, disappointed throughout most of the year. The catch is that the crew from Rip City became one of the hottest teams in the league following the trade that brought over disgruntled Denver Nuggets big man, Jusuf Nurkic.
Don’t think of this as your typical 8-1 matchup considering Portland is playing its best basketball at the right time.
But don’t think that the Warriors are going to overlook a team that pushed them to a five-game series during the 2016 postseason.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Trail Blazers have worked themselves into the postseason. The Trail Blazers have found a way to make themselves relevant.
The Trail Blazers are ready to compete with the two-time defending Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors.
Here’s the catch: All of that only applies if Jusuf Nurkic plays.
The Blazers don’t know if their newest big man of the future is going to be able to play in this series.
Nurkic gave Portland a legitimate third option in the low-post option, an actual presence on the defensive side of the floor and someone who could make plays for others…but he also went down in the final weeks of the regular season with a fracture in his leg.
We all know what Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum can do. This backcourt ended up being the highest scoring points guard-shooting guard tandem in the NBA this season.
These two guards can score, and they can do just that by both isolating and scoring off of off-ball opportunities.
But if the Blazers don’t have Nurkic on board, that means they’ll have to rely on the likes of Al-Farouq Aminu and Mo Harkless to make plays on both ends.
The Warriors should win this series regardless of who plays, but keep an eye out on whether or not Nurkic sees the floor, as that could make the difference between four games and six games when it comes to Portland’s fate.
Golden State Warriors
Kevin Durant missed a whole bunch of games this year. But the Durantula is back and ready to take on the postseason in a way he never has before.
As a part of a superteam.
Golden State will be watching closely when it comes to the status of Jusuf Nurkic. But when it comes down to it, Nurkic will make the difference between the Warriors winning in six games and winning four games.
We’re likely to see Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant all have great individual games by the time this series comes to a close.
Expect massive scoring outbursts by Curry, Thompson and Durant while Green finds his way to a triple double in the form of something along the lines of 11 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists (while probably collecting four blocks and five steals in the process).
Golden State will have fun in this series against a team that’s refused to play defense all year long.
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors NBA Series Prediction:
We’re making a bold prediction here. No, we’re not picking the Blazers to win the series…but we are picking them to win one of the first two games on the road.
4* Free NBA Series Odds Betting Pick: Golden State Warriors In 5 Games
The problem for fans in Rip City is that once the Blazers get that first win, they’ll make the Warriors well aware of what they’re capable of.
If Nurkic plays in this series, we might give Portland two contests. But as of right now, we’re looking at these two teams and seeing two squads on very different levels.
The Blazers will play a couple of tough games. But give this series to the Warriors, and give it to them in five games.
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