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NBA Playoffs: Trail Blazers at Warriors Game 1

NBA Playoffs Western Conference Finals

Trail Blazers Face Uphill Challenge in Warriors

The matchup in this year’s Western Conference Finals between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors gets underway on Tuesday night with Game 1 of this best-of-seven clash. The Warriors are set as eight-point home favorites for the 9 p.m. tip on ESPN. BetAnySports has set the total line at 221 points, with Golden State favored by 7.5 on the point-spread.

The Trail Blazers finished the regular season at 53-29 straight-up to claim the No. 3 seed in the West. After eliminating Oklahoma City in five games, they needed the full seven games to get past the No. 2 Denver Nuggets in the conference semifinals. They covered as 5.5-point road underdogs in Sunday’s 100-96 series-clinching victory. The total stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ closing 211-point line after going OVER in five of the first six games against Denver.

C.J. McCollum scored a game-high 37 points in Sunday’s win while shooting 17-for-29 from the floor. Damian Lillard finished the game with 13 points after connecting on just three of his 17 shots from the field. He has been Portland’s leading scorer in the playoffs with an average of 28.4 points per game. This compares to a 25.8 scoring average during the regular season.

Golden State is back in the conference finals for the fifth time in a row after getting past Houston in six games as the top seed in the West. This followed a six-game series against the Los Angeles Clippers in the opening round. The Warriors are 5-7 against the spread in those 12 games, including a 2-4 mark ATS on their home court. The total has gone OVER BetAnySports’ closing line in eight of those 12 games.

Kevin Durant missed Game 6 of the Houston series with a calf injury and he remains day-to-day for Game 1. Filling the void in that game was Stephen Curry with 33 points and Klay Thompson with 27 more. The Warriors went on to win 118-113 closing as 7.5-point road underdogs. They shot 49.4 percent from the field and 16-for-38 from three-point range. Golden State has averaged 118.1 PPG in the postseason.

Even if Durant cannot go on Tuesday night, I still like Golden State covering the eight points at home to win Game 1 both SU and ATS.

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NBA Playoffs Betting Odds & Trends

Portland Trail Blazers
Portland is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Portland’s last 5 games
Portland is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Golden State
Portland is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Golden State
Portland is 5-17 SU in its last 22 games when playing Golden State
The total has gone OVER in 18 of Portland’s last 25 games when playing Golden State
Portland is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Golden State
Portland is 8-17 ATS in its last 25 games when playing on the road against Golden State
Portland is 1-13 SU in its last 14 games when playing on the road against Golden State
Golden State Warriors
Golden State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Golden State is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Golden State’s last 5 games
Golden State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Golden State is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Golden State’s last 17 games at home
Golden State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Portland
Golden State is 17-5 SU in its last 22 games when playing Portland
Golden State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Portland
The total has gone OVER in 18 of Golden State’s last 25 games when playing Portland
Golden State is 17-8 ATS in its last 25 games when playing at home against Portland
Golden State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Portland
Golden State is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against Portland

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