In their next-to-last game before the NBA All-Star break, the Warriors seek to bounce back from getting demolished by the Lakers on Sunday night, suffering a 117-91 loss as a three-point underdog. Portland is opening a back-to-back at the Moda Center, heading into the week-long respite following Thursday’s game against the Kings.
Warriors at Blazers picks and predictions are essentially asking you to pick a side. The game is essentially a pick’em since you can just ride the money line as opposed to laying the single point with the Warriors if you believe they’re going to handle business on the road. Golden State has won seven of its last 11 games and is expected to get Draymond Green back after he missed the second half of Sunday’s rout due to a sprained ankle.
These teams are separated by just two games in the loss column in the Western Conference, ranking sixth and eighth, respectively, thanks to 19 wins. Despite being up a single game in the standings, Portland ranks second behind Utah and are percentage points up on Denver in the Northwest Division while the Warriors rank fourth in the loaded Pacific behind Phoenix and both L.A. teams.
Portland Trail Blazers Vs. Golden State Warriors
- Time/Venue: 10:05 p.m. ET, Moda Center
- TV: ESPN
Portland Trail Blazers Vs. Golden State Warriors Odds
|Golden State Warriors||-1 (-109)||-114||O 235.5 (-113)|
|Portland Trail Blazers||+1 (-112)||-106||U 235.5 (-109)|
Warriors Current Form And Betting Results
Sunday night’s no-show against the Lakers snapped a three-game winning streak, and the Warriors haven’t lost consecutive games since their last road trip, falling in Orlando and Charlotte before rallying to win at the Knicks and Pacers.
Getting Green back is vital since he’s the driving force for Golden State at both ends of the floor, but it’s interesting that he’s scheduled to suit up here considering the Warriors play in Phoenix tomorrow and it makes more sense for him to give his ankle an extra day to heal before dealing with a Suns team that now sits atop the Warriors’ division following Tuesday night’s upset of the Lakers.
Warriors at Blazers picks and predictions hinge on Green being his normal self, since you can count on him playing his typical allotment of minutes, which have been 36-37 of late after ramping up in January. Green averaged 10.6 assists in February, helping Stephen Curry find a rhythm while making life easier for Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre, Jr.
Green played just 13 minutes in L.A. due to the injury but the Warriors were flat while he was out there as he had more turnovers (3) than assists (2). Curry matched his third-lowest scoring output of the season (16) against the Lakers, snapping a run of 15 consecutive games where he managed at least 24 points. The two-time MVP averaged 32.1 points in February and shot just under 50 percent from the field, averaging 5.4 3-point makes per game on nearly 42 percent shooting from beyond the arc. He scored a career-high 62 points the last time he saw the Blazers, helping pick up a split of back-to-back games against Portland at San Francisco’s Chase Center on Jan. 3 after dropping a New Year’s Day clash.
Curry shot 8-for-16 from 3-point range and made 18 of 19 free-throws. Count on him being aggressive and confident in an attempted bounce-back here. Golden State has seen the ‘under’ prevailed in four of its last five games after scoring a season-low 91 points against the Lakers. The Warriors are 5-2 SU and ATS following games where they score 101 or fewer points, recording at least 114 points in their bounce-back game each of the last five times that has happened.
Trail Blazers Current Form And Betting Results
Portland snapped a season-worst four-game skid by pulling away from Charlotte with a big fourth quarter in a 123-111 win on March 1. Carmelo Anthony and Robert Covington shot 18-for-30 from the field and made 11 3-pointers between them to balance out the offense.
Damian Lillard added 23 points and 10 assists, knocking down six 3-pointers. He’s made at least four in seven of the past eight games, which sets up this duel against Curry after losing the last one despite another six makes. The Warriors haven’t had much of an answer for the Oakland native throughout his career. He’s averaging 33 points against them over the two meetings, shooting 48 percent from 3-point range.
Slowing down Green will fall primarily on Covington’s shoulders, and he’s coming off his highest-scoring game of the season after finishing 21 points against the Hornets. Covington knocked down his first five 3-point attempts, which is wild since he closed February by shooting 0-for-9 from beyond the arc over his last two games. He averaged 7.0 points and 6.5 rebounds over the first two matchups with Golden State and has to be more productive in order for the Blazers to hold serve here. The ‘over’ is 6-4 over Portland’s last 10. The Blazers have covered the spread in 10 of 14.
Betting Line Analysis
At first glance, seeing Portland as a home underdog is a little strange Golden State closed as a 4-point and 4.5-point favorite over the first two meetings, so it’s clear that oddsmakers favor the Dubs in this matchup, but the Blazers have been a home underdog in only three of their 15 home games.
Portland lost in blowout fashion to Utah and San Antonio the first two times where it was catching points at the Moda Center but it cashed outright as a six-point ‘dog against the 76ers on Feb. 11 through a 118-114 upset. Golden State is just 7-10 on the road but is 4-2 straight up as a favorite (3-3 ATS).
The total opened at 235 and has been bet down slightly at some books despite going up slightly at BetRivers.
Warriors at Blazers betting odds for the first two matchups in early January closed at 237.5 and 235.5 while yielding an ‘under’ and an ‘over.’ William Hill listed the total at 234.5 at the time of this writing, while DraftKings and FanDuel came in at 235.5. Westgate put a number of 234 out there.
Injuries/Rotational Adjustments To Watch
Green’s ankle issue is definitely worth monitoring throughout the day and in the early going. Rookie center James Wiseman and veteran Kevon Looney are back in the fold for the Warriors, giving Steve Kerr a traditional center that he went without for 10 February games. The Blazers employ a formidable offensive rebounder in Enes Kanter in the middle, so Golden State is far better equipped to handle him than they would’ve been two weeks ago.
Portland remains without C.J. McCollum, who was having an All-Star caliber season before breaking his left foot in mid-January. He’ll miss his 21st consecutive game unless he makes a surprising return against the Warriors, but traveled on the last road trip and has started ramping up his activity. There’s a slight chance he’s back this week but will more than likely be in the mix shortly after the All-Star break. Gary Trent, Jr. has scored in double-figures in 18 of the 20 games he’s played since replacing McCollum in the starting lineup and has hit at least two 3-pointers in 19 straight games.
Warriors At Trail Blazers Handicapping Notes And Pick
With Green set to go, the Warriors will be able to run their offense effectively and should be able to have their game translate on the road. He won’t be at 100 percent, which will probably affect Golden State’s defense more than anything else. Portland has the shooters to take advantage of missed rotations and should get the better end of things on second chances thanks to Kanter inside. Given the shooters involved here, neither team is going to feel like any deficit is insurmountable. Look for fourth-quarter game extension to deliver for the high side and do your best to get the best number.