Two of the league’s most prolific offenses clash on Tuesday, May 14 as the Portland Trail Blazers go head-to-head with the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Tip off time is 9:00 p.m. EST at Oracle Arena.
Portland is Back in the Western Conference Finals for the First Time Since 2000
Put your hand up if you thought the Blazers would be playing golf rather than basketball on May 14th. You’re not alone. Portland beat the odds by downing the heavily favored Denver Nuggets in a hard-fought seven game series that came down to the final possession. It was a remarkable turn of events considering the fact that the Nuggets actually outscored the Blazers by 13 points over the course of their series.
Western Conference Finals bound for the first time in 19 years!
— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) May 12, 2019
Portland may have been outgunned at times, but they won when it counted thanks to gutsy efforts from Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. The All-Star tandem are averaging 54.0 points per game in the postseason, and have turned in one heroic performance after another.
McCollum was especially brilliant in Gamer 7 as he recorded 37 points on 17-29 shooting and had a huge chase down block on Jamal Murray in the final minutes to seal the win.
🔥 CJ MCCOLLUM IN GM7!
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) May 12, 2019
It’s Deja Vu All Over Again for the Warriors
You’ll have to excuse the Warriors if they’re not quite as thrilled about reaching the Western Conference Finals as the Blazers. Golden State has been to the conference finals in each of the last five years, compiling a 16-7 record over that span. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing for the defending champs, but they should have little difficulty beating the over-matched Trail Blazers.
Don’t Expect Durant in Game 1
Kevin Durant has officially been ruled out for Game 1 as he continues to rehab a calf strain suffered in Game 5 of Golden State’s second-round series against the Rockets. The good news for the Warriors is that KD is responding well to treatment and will be reevaluated on Thursday.
Kevin Durant is out for at least Game 1 of the WCF, source tells ESPN. He’s not being re-evaluated until Thursday so it’s “unlikely “ he plays Game 2 either.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) May 13, 2019
Brother vs Brother
This will mark the first time in NBA history that a pair of brothers face off in a conference final. And while Steph Curry will receive much of the attention, Seth Curry is also expected to play a key role as well. The younger Curry finished third in three-point accuracy this season at 45% and has been a crucial part of Portland’s bench mob in the playoffs, averaging 5.4 points in 19.4 minutes per game.
Seth Curry making his parents proud pic.twitter.com/LOlJSTJfyr
— Chris Montano (@gswchris) May 10, 2019
Portland Trail Blazers vs Golden State Warriors Regular Season Statistical Comparison
|113.6 (3rd)||Offensive Rating||114.9 (1st)|
|114.7 (6th)||Points||117.7 (2nd)|
|23.0 (25th)||Assists||29.4 (1st)|
|46.7 (12th)||Field-Goal Percentage||49.1 (1st)|
|35.9 (9th)||Three-Point Percentage||38.5 (3rd)|
|+4.2 (7th)||Plus/Minus||+6.5 (2nd)|
|109.5 (16th)||Defensive Rating||108.5 (11th)|
|110.5 (14th)||Points||111.2 (16th)|
|45.7 (13th)||Field-Goal Percentage||44.4 (3rd)|
|35.9 (18th)||Three-Point Percentage||34.7 (11th)|
|47.8 (12th)||Points In The Paint||47.1 (7th)|
Warriors Favored to Win at Home
Online sports betting sites are believers in these high-powered offenses, as they’ve set the game total at a healthy 218, with the Warriors opening as 8.0-point favorites. Portland is 51-42-1 against the spread this season and 52-42-0 over/under, compared to 40-53-1 ATS and 46-48-0 over/under for Golden State.