Warriors Looking to Take Control Over Trail Blazers
We might be getting a sneak preview of what the Golden State Warriors will look like next year. Stephen Curry taking his team from the injured Kevin Durant. The Warriors have already taken a 2-0 lead on the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals.
TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPN LINE: Trail Blazers -2.5; O/U: 220.5.
Durant has been ruled out for Games 3 and 4, according to reports during the Game 2 broadcast. The Warriors protected home-court advantage despite Durant sitting out the first two games of the Western Conference finals. The Trail Blazers will try to get back into the series and avoid a 3-0 hole when they host the Warriors in Game 3.
Golden State breezed to a 116-94 win in Game 1. Game 2 was different, as they needed 37 points from Stephen Curry to help pull out of a 17-point hole and escape with a 114-111 victory. The Trail Blazers are heading home with some confidence. The way they played for most of Game 2 was a shot in the arm. They believe they can get back into the series.
This, That, and a Dart Throw
The Warriors Curry and Klay Thompson are being asked to step up with Durant out of the lineup. They combined to average 61.5 points in the first two games. They have proved they don’t have to have Durant to dominate and play well. Draymond Green played a big part in the comeback as well and posted 16 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and five blocks in Game 2. C Kevon Looney went 6-of-6 from the floor on Thursday. He is shooting 71.9 percent in the postseason.
Curry and Thompson outplayed Portland‘s star backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. The duo combined to go 15-of-39 from the floor in Game 2. Lillard went 3-of-17 in the clinching Game 7 against Denver in the Western Conference semifinals. He is 10-of-28 from the floor against Golden State. Seth Curry matched his postseason high with 16 points off the bench in Game 2. Rodney Hood is averaging 14.5 points off the bench in the series.
The Dart Throw: Warriors 112, Trail Blazers 102
NBA Playoffs Betting Odds & Trends
|Golden State Warriors
|Golden State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
|Golden State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Golden State’s last 7 games
|Golden State is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games on the road
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Golden State’s last 7 games on the road
|Golden State is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Portland
|Golden State is 19-5 SU in its last 24 games when playing Portland
|The total has gone OVER in 17 of Golden State’s last 25 games when playing Portland
|Golden State is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Portland
|The total has gone OVER in 11 of Golden State’s last 13 games when playing on the road against Portland
|Portland Trail Blazers
|Portland is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
|Portland is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Portland’s last 7 games
|Portland is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games at home
|The total has gone OVER in 18 of Portland’s last 22 games at home
|Portland is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Golden State
|Portland is 5-19 SU in its last 24 games when playing Golden State
|The total has gone OVER in 17 of Portland’s last 25 games when playing Golden State
|Portland is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Golden State
|The total has gone OVER in 11 of Portland’s last 13 games when playing at home against Golden State
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