Golden State Warriors @ Portland Trail Blazers | NBA Playoffs Predictions and Betting
The Portland Trail Blazers had a chance in Game Two, but in the end, the Golden State Warriors were able to pull out the win. However, as the series moves to Portland, there is hope for the Trail Blazers. They have yet to get a good game out of C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard, and Kevin Durant has been ruled out for both games.
Spread: Trail Blazers by 2
Money Line: Trail Blazers -130; Warriors +110
*Odds via BetOnline.ag
Golden State Warriors
Some were probably quick to think the Warriors were done for without Kevin Durant. But those people likely forget that the Warriors were a dominant force before he joined the team. Yes, their game is a little different without him. But with so many players on the roster from the pre-Durant Era, the transition back has gone well. But while Steph Curry and the rest of the team have stepped up their respective games in Durant’s absence, they have yet to get Portland’s ‘A’ game. They were outplayed for much of Game Two Thursday night. “We stole that game,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said after the game, via NBC Sports. “I thought they outplayed us for much of the night, the majority of the night, but we brought enough competitive fire to overcome their great play.” With Kevin Durant ruled out for Game Three and Four (and likely the series if it extends beyond that), the Warriors are going to need to count on their star players to continue to turn up the pressure on both ends of the court. They will not win another game where they go 9-29 from three-point range (like in Game Two).
Portland Trail Blazers
The outcome of Game Two has to be a little frustrating to the Trail Blazers. They played a good game. They didn’t let the Warriors go nuts from three-point range, did pretty decent themselves from behind the arc (18-39), led by 15 at the half, and did a good job of taking advantage of Golden State’s mistakes (18 points of ten Golden State turnovers in the first half. But they still lost. “We did play a much better game at both ends of the floor tonight. We’ve got to take that into Game 3,” Portland head coach Terry Stotts said after Game Two, via ESPN. “It is a lost opportunity, no question. We had a chance to get one here on the road.” On the plus side, while they played much better than they did in Game One, there is still plenty of room for improvement. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum combined for 45 points (which is good but far from great). But the duo did not shoot well hitting only 15 of 39 combined shot attempts. So, if they can wake up on the offensive side of the court, the Trail Blazers could even up the series before it heads back to Oakland.
Golden State Warriors @ Portland Trail Blazers Head-to-Head
The Warriors and Trail Blazers played four times during the regular season with each team winning twice, once at home and once on the other team’s court. From a historical perspective, the advantage belongs to the Trail Blazers. Of the 229 regular season games they have played against the Warriors, they have won 125 to 104 for the Warriors. However, when it comes to the postseason, Golden State has dominated. The Warriors beat the Trail Blazers in the 2016 Western Conference Semifinals, 4-1, and then swept them in the first round the following year. They lead the current series, 2-0.
Odds and Predictions
Game One was a blowout, but Game Two was a pretty close contest. It is easier to see Game Three being more like Game Two than One. Portland is likely going to play better with the series heading to their home court. While the odds are already stacked against them after going down 0-2, they become much worse if they lose Game Three. But don’t expect them to. Lillard and McCollum are finally going to wake up on offence and start making some shots, but Curry and Thompson are going to do their thing as well. So, the game will be close, but in the end, Portland will pull out the win. Take the Trail Blazers to win (-130), straight up and against the spread (-2). As for the over/under (221), it is easy to see Portland having a much better game on the offensive end. But enough to cover the over? It will be close; go with the under.
Expert Betting Tip
The Trail Blazers have been playing well enough to win but have not been able to close a game out. Playing at home will be the missing ingredient they have been needing. Portland will win.