Date & Time: Saturday, May 7, 8:30 PM
Venue: Moda Center (Portland)
Head to head record
Golden State Warriors vs Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 (2015/2016 NBA)
Golden State Warriors vs Portland Trail Blazers 118-106 (2015/2016 NBA)
Golden State Warriors vs Portland Trail Blazers 136-111 (2015/2016 NBA)
Golden State Warriors vs Portland Trail Blazers 128-112 (2015/2016 NBA)
Portland Trail Blazers vs Golden State Warriors 137-105 (2015/2016 NBA)
Portland Trail Blazers vs Golden State Warriors prediction
Golden State Warriors will be looking to move one step closer to booking their place in the Western Conference final with a win over Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center. The title holders are still without key player Stephen Curry and it remains to be seen if Blazers are capable of taking advantage of the situation.
Fine performance in game 2
Portland Trail Blazers are giving their best to beat the odds and eliminate Golden State Warriors in the NBA Western Conference semis. Blazers were totally outplayed by Steve Kerr’s men in game 1, but they produced a much better performance in Tuesday’s match at Oracle Arena. Terry Stotts’ team were on the verge of upsetting Warriors in game 2, but they experienced all sorts of problems in the final quarter (12-34) and that was the main reason why they suffered a 110-99 loss to the defending champions. Lillard scored 25 points in Tuesday’s match, adding six assists and he will be the man to watch in the home team in Saturday’s game against Golden State.
The likes of Kaman, Montero, Vonleh and Connaughton did not enter the court in Tuesday’s game against Golden State and they are unlikely to play in game 3.
Curry remains in the recovery room
Even though everybody expected that Stephen Curry would be sorely missed in game 2, Golden State recorded yet another win over Portland. Warriors proved their worth in the fourth quarter of the match and thanks to the 110-99 victory over Trail Blazers Steve Kerr’s men moved a little closer to booking their place in the Western Conference final. The reigning champions are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Saturday’s game against Portland at Moda Center. In Stephen Curry’s absence, all eyes will be on Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, who scored 40 points between each other in game 2. Golden State Warriors outclassed Houston Rockets 121-94 in their last away match, but the defending champions will have to beat their sharpest if they are to beat Portland at Moda Center. It has to be noted Warriors recorded 34 wins, while suffering 7 defeats on the road in the regular season.
Stephen Curry is unlikely to recover in time to face Portland Trail Blazers in game 3, but Steve Kerr has no other injury worries ahead of the trip to Portland.
- Klay Thompson scored 50 points in last two play-off matches
- Golden State recorded five wins in last six away games
- Warriors conceded under 100 points in last five away matches
- Portland Trail Blazers are after their fifth consecutive win at home
- Golden State are eyeing their fifth straight win over Portland
- Warriors scored 100+ points in each of their last nine meetings with Portland
Portland Trail Blazers vs Golden State Warriors betting pick
Portland Trail Blazers face a must-win situation in game 3 and considering that Golden State Warriors will be without Stephen Curry in Saturday’s clash at Moda Center, I would not be surprised if the hosts shock the NBA champions this time out. Portland need to build on the performance they produced in the first half of game 2 and they are definitely capable of covering the handicap.
Pick: Portland + 4