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Portland Trail Blazers vs Golden State Warriors Odds & Game Preview 05/16/19

Matchup Overview

The Portland Trail Blazers will be out for revenge on Thursday May 16th when they take on the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. Tip off time  is 9:00 p.m. EST at Oracle Arena.

No Durant, No Problem

The Warriors were expected to be out of sync without Kevin Durant during Game 1, but they barely missed their leading scorer, easily defeating the Trail Blazers 116-94. Much of the credit goes to Steph Curry, who tied his own postseason record with nine three-pointers in  KD’s absence. The two-time NBA MVP finished with 36 points as he went 12 for 23 from the floor and 9 for 15 from deep. Klay Thompson also rose to the occasion with 26 points in 37 minutes.

Durant Has Been Ruled Out for Game 2

The Splash Brothers will have an opportunity to show that Game 1 wasn’t a fluke as Durant is unable to return to action as he nurses his strained right calf. The 10-time All-Star will be reevaluated later in the week but could miss the entirety of the series.

Golden State’s Bench Stepped Up

Injuries to Durant and DeMarcus Cousins exposed Golden State’s thin bench during the first two rounds of the playoffs, forcing many of the team’s reserves into unfamiliar – and uncomfortable – roles. Any concerns they wouldn’t be up to the task were erased early in Game 1 as Jonas Jerebko and Quinn Cook came out with both guns blazing. The two players combined for 17 points and helped the Warriors’ bench mob outscore the Blazers’ reserves 36-28.

Blazers Feel They Have A Chance

The Warriors may have won Game 1 by 22 points, but they were only up by six heading into the final frame. That slim margin makes CJ McCollum believe the defending champs can – and will – be beaten.

“I think we played a terrible game and we still had a chance going into the fourth quarter,” McCollum said. “We need to tighten some things up and look forward to the game on Thursday.”

Portland Trail Blazers vs Golden State Warriors Regular Season Statistical Comparison

OFFENSE

Trail Blazers
VS
Warriors

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)

DEFENSE

Trail Blazers
VS
Warriors

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 by 8

Oddsmakers have us excited for this one as they’ve set the game total at a robust 218, with the Warriors opening as 8.0-point favorites. Portland is 51-43-1 against the spread this year and 52-43-0 over/under, compared to 41-53-1 ATS and 46-49-0 over/under for Golden State.