Golden State Warriors vs Portland Trail Blazers

The Golden State Warriors are a win away from sweeping the series while the Portland Trail Blazers look to find their first win of the series on Monday, May 20th at 9:00 PM EST at Moda Center in Portland, OR. Broadcast is available on ESPN.

How to Watch

What: Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers

Where: Moda Center in Portland, OR

When: Monday, May 20th at 9:00 PM EST

How (TV): ESPN

Series Standing: 3-0 GSW

Game 3 Recap:

Golden State Warriors (Away)

Head Coach: Steve Kerr {All-Time 322-88 | GSW}

Season Record: 57-25, 1st in the West

Projected Starting Five: (G) Stephen Curry - (G) Klay Thompson - (F) Andre Iguodala - (F) Draymond Green - (C) Andrew Bogut

Top Performers:

  • G Stephen Curry - 31.3 MPG | 25.0 PPG | 7.8 RPG | 5.3 APG
  • F Kevin Durant - 33.5 MPG | 28.8 PPG | 5.0 RPG | 5.3 APG
  • G Klay Thompson - 35.3 MPG | 18.3 PPG | 1.3 BPG | .476 3P%

The Golden State Warriors once again proved their quality against the Portland Trail Blazers during Game 3. After going down at halftime, the Warriors stormed back after the break to take the game.

The Warriors were once again lead by their fearsome threesome of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. They controlled the game, and thus the Blazers.

The Warriors have been in this situation before, a single game from taking the series. While the worries over Iguodala continue, they are unlikely to squander their chance at glory.

Portland Trail Blazers (Home)

Head Coach: Terry Stotts {All-Time 440-417 | ATL, MIL, POR}

Season Record: 53-29, 3rd in the West

Projected Starting Five: (G) Damian Lillard - (G) CJ McCollum - (F) Maurice Harkless - (F) Al-Farouq Aminu - (C) Enes Kanter

Top Performers:

  • G Damian Lillard - 25.8 PPG | 6.9 APG | .369 3P%
  • G CJ McCollum - 21.0 PPG | 3.0 APG | .375 3P%
  • C Enes Kanter - 13.1 PPG | 8.6 RPG | .577 3P%

What more can the Trail Blazers do? They've put in optimal efforts in each game, but have been overwhelmed by the Warriors as the game wears on.

Portland's leaders are scoring the ball, but not at an efficient clip. While Lillard and McCollum struggle, they aren't slowing the Warriors on the defensive end either.

The chances of a team coming back from a 0-3 hole are incredibly slim. What the Blazers need to focus on is the task at hand, rather than thinking about how to come back all at once.

What's At Stake?

Recent history aside, the Blazers have dominated the Warriors. In 225 regular season games, the Portland Trail Blazers lead the historical series against the Golden State Warriors 125-104.

It's a different story when it comes to the NBA Playoffs though. These teams have met twice before in the playoffs, in 2016 and 2017.

The Warriors are in the driver's seat with a single win separating from their fourth straight appearance in the NBA Finals.

It's "do or die" for the Blazers, who are one loss from being swept from the NBA Playoffs for the second straight season.

Draymond Green is the Warriors' Engine

Many wondered how the Warriors would fare with Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins out of the lineup. The answer? Brilliantly, with Draymond Green looking every bit the star he was once touted to be.

Green impacted the game from all directions. In 38 minutes he had 20 points, 12 assists, and 13 rebounds to go along with 4 steals, a block, and only 2 turnovers.

With iso-ball out of the question with their current lineup, the Warriors are playing better than ever and Green is at the center of it. He's so unselfish offensively that he's become unstoppable as a facilitator. His play is of championship caliber.

The Blazers Need to Slow the Warriors, Literally

Slowing down a teams production is paramount to the success of any side. For the Blazers to beat the Warriors, they will need to physically slow the reigning champions.

Through three games, the Warriors are averaging 10 points more than the Blazers on the fast-break. They are pushing the ball in transition, knowing the likes of Kanter, Collins, and Leonard can't keep up with their pace.

The Blazers need to make a decision. Maintain their plan or change it up with no security in the result. The fact of the matter is that what they've been doing hasn't worked. So limiting the Warriors in their strongest area will be vital.

The Warriors Need Rest

It is difficult for a team to look ahead of the task at hand. However, the Golden State Warriors need this win if only to benefit the health and recovery of their roster.

Durant and Cousins are already out of the lineup. While Kerr has shown faith in his depth, a recent injury to Andre Iguodala is making things much more difficult for him.

 

 

If the Warriors win in Game 4 they will gain nine straight days of rest before the NBA Finals begins. Considering the Eastern Conferences Raptors and Bucks were the two best in the regular season, every little bit toward the health of their roster helps.

Consistency Is Needed for Portland

In every game of the series, the Golden State Warriors have dominated at least one quarter. In those quarters the Warriors scored at least 15 points more than the Blazers. The Blazers have also lead by more than 10 in each game, making their performance quite confusing.

Consistency breeds a champion and right the Blazers are sorely lacking. While they hold leads here and there, they allow the Warriors to go on runs that only dig the hole deeper for Portland.

The Blazers need to key in on one side of the ball. Offense or defense, considering they are unable to control both. Will the Blazers go on a shooting rampage or allow nothing easy on the night. Time will tell, but the Blazers need to succeed somewhere.

Portland Trail Blazers Roster Notes

C Jusuf Nurkic - 25 Mar 2019 - OUT (Leg Fracture) - Nurkic will not return in the playoffs and could possibly miss all of next season with a compound fracture in his left leg.

Golden State Warriors Roster Notes

C DeMarcus Cousins - 17 Apr 2019 - Out (Torn Right Quad) - Cousins reportedly has a six-week timetable for return but may still sit out the remainder of the postseason.

F Kevin Durant - 8 May 2019 - Doubtful (Calf) - Kevin Durant is doubtful to play in Game 3 and 4 and will be reevaluated at a later date.

G-F Andre Iguodala - 19 May 2019 - Questionable (Calf) - Iguodala's MRI came back negative and he will be a game-time decision for the Warriors.

X-Factors: Alfonzo McKinnie (GSW) vs Evan Turner (POR)

Alfonzo McKinnie and Evan Turner are two players who will play big roles in their teams' success, regardless of expectation. With key injuries to the Warriors, McKinnie will need to step up. On the other side, Turner needs to produce in light of Hood and Curry's streaky shooting.

Alfonzo McKinnie

Small Forward | 6-8, 215lb (203cm, 97kg) | Wisconsin-Green Bay | Exp. 1 Years

4.7 PPG | 0.4 APG | 3.4 RPG | 0.3 SPG | 0.2 BPG | 0.4 TOV | .487 FG% | .356 3P%

McKinnie has come a long way from paying his way into a try-out for the Windy City Bulls, auditioning on the 3x3 circuit, and playing a key role for Raptors 905.

Once an NBA afterthought, McKinnie may see the game of his life with injuries to Durant and Iguodala. He was a spark plug for the Warriors in Game 3, collecting 9 rebounds in 21 minutes to a team-high +24 on the night.

With the speed of the Blazers, McKinnie's bounce and ability on the glass are paramount. He was 1-1 from three in his last match but will need to convert on what will be an increase in shot attempts to stay valuable.

Evan Turner

Shooting Guard | 6-7, 220lb (201cm, 99kg) | Ohio State | Exp. 8 Years

6.8 PPG | 3.9 APG | 4.5 RPG | 0.5 SPG | 0.2 BPG | 1.6 TOV | .460 FG% | .212 3P%

Evan Turner was a bit of an afterthought going into this series. He's not a high-volume shooter from anywhere but he was efficient in Game 3.

Turner was 5-6 from the field and had 12 points on the evening. His calm and finishing steadied the Blazers at times, while his handle gives them another outlet on the break and in the half court.

With Curry and Hood being unable to find consistency with their shots, Turner is the next guard up. He's a big, playmaking guard so he may be able to benefit the Blazers in their half-court execution. Time will tell.

Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers Predictions and Odds

All eyes are on the reigning champion Warriors to complete the sweep and book their ticket to the NBA Finals. For the Blazers, they'll look to take steps toward history by taking the first game in what they hope will be a comeback series.

If you are in New Jersey you can bet on the Warriors vs Blazers game 4 here with 888Sport and BetStars NJ. Here are the latest odds for the game. Good luck!

Point Spread

Sportsbook GS Warriors -3.5 POR Trail Blazers +3.5 Link
888Sport NJ -112 -109
BetStars NJ -110 -110

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Total Points

Sportsbook Over 219.5 Under 219.5 Link
888Sport NJ -109 -112
BetStars NJ -105 -118

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Money Line

Sportsbook HOU Rockets GS Warriors Link
888Sport NJ -167 +140
BetStars NJ -167 +140

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