Portland Trail Blazers vs Golden State Warriors (Game 1): Predictions, Odds and Betting Lines

How to Watch

What: Portland Trail Blazers at Golden State Warriors

Where: Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA

When: Tuesday, May 14th at 9:00 PM EST

How (TV): ESPN

Series Standing: 0-0

Portland Trail Blazers (Away)

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%

Just a season ago the Portland Trail Blazers were debating whether to blow it up, or give it one more shot with a core that doesn’t seem to be able to pull their way through the toughest moments. Fast forward to today, and the Blazers are now competing with the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

The Blazers took out one of the NBA’s toughest teams in the Denver Nuggets to book their way to the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors have been a thorn in their side all season long, but they’ll look to take their newly found momentum right at the reigning champions.

This time last year Kevin Durant famously told CJ McCollum to, “Not worry what goes on at the top”. That statement surely won’t be forgotten, suggesting it will be a hard-fought and emotional series.

Golden State Warriors (Home)

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 showed true heart in their last win over the Houston Rockets. While they looked to be on the losing side by the end of the first half, they were led by star man Stephen Curry to a victory and the Western Conference Finals.

The reigning champions will be starting their Western Conference Finals camp again without their most dangerous weapon, Kevin Durant. However, the newfound rhythm of Stephen Curry may just make for an exciting, guard-driven series.

The Warriors split the series with the Portland Trail Blazers during the regular season, but are a different team from their playoff tribulations. They’ve been through the ringer, and are sure to be prepared for what the Blazers throw at them.

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.

Both teams are looking to get off to a strong start in the first game of this 2019 NBA Western Conference Finals series.

How Did the Portland Trail Blazers Get Here?

To take down the Denver Nuggets in Game 7, the Portland Trail Blazers counted on a brilliant performance from CJ McCollum to overcome a nine-point halftime lead by the Nuggets to take an intense Game 7 on the road.

They were led by Damian Lillard who averaged 29.8 PPG, 5.8 APG, and 1.9 SPG against the Nuggets. He was supported by the likes of Enes Kanter who collected 10.4 RPG while Zach Collins contributed 1.4 BPG off of the bench.

The Portland Trail Blazers’ backcourt will have their hands full against the Warriors’ own guard. But the Blazers have a distinct advantage in the frontcourt. How their bigs produce will define the series.

How Did the Golden State Warriors Get Here?

This will be the fifth Western Conference Final in as many years for the Golden State Warriors. They’ve also won just as many Conference Finals appearances in that time.

The Warriors are led by Kevin Durant who averages 34.2 PPG. Meanwhile, he is supported by utility-man Draymond Green who produces 9.3 RPG, 8.0 APG, and 1.3 BPG and Klay Thompson who contributes on defense with 1.4 SPG.

The Warriors are struggling with some injuries at this point. Currently, Durant and Cousins are not expected to play, two of their most valuable pieces. The Blazers are sure to jump on them while they’re weak, so how they deal with the immediate pressure will define their series.

Can the Cinderella Story Continue?

The Portland Trail Blazers weren’t expected to make it this far into the post-season. A team that lacks significant depth and two trigger-happy guards failed to suggest itself to be anymore than an entertaining but limited side. Yet here they are in the Western Conference Finals.

They have a lot to clean up before they can take down the Warriors though. Their shooting was on point against the Nuggets, averaging an effective field-goal percentage of 49.2% in the second round. However, they were dominated on the offensive glass, allowing a 30.9% offensive rebound percentage.

When almost one in three of defensive rebounds turns into second opportunities for the opponent, it becomes a problem. The Warriors are without two key players, so they will certainly look to the glass for easy baskets. Green, Looney, and Bogut are sure to challenge them, we’ll see if the Blazers can contend.

Where Do the Warriors Go With Their Injuries?

To say the Golden State Warriors are going into the Western Conference Finals without some key pieces would be an understatement. Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins are not expected to play in Game 1, greatly limiting their offensive options.

The Warriors will be leaning on the shooting of Curry and Thompson, as well as the slashing and finishing ability of Iguodala, Green, Looney, and Livingston. The perimeter shooting of the splash brothers has been suspect this post-season so they will need help from their auxiliary pieces.

Without Durant, the Warriors are also missing one of their most versatile defenders. Looney has proven fleet-footed on defense, but he’ll have a tough time against the speed of Lillard and McCollum. Expect the Warriors to go small to match their pace.

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.

C Damian Jones – 8 Mar 2019 – Out (Torn Left Pectoral) – Head coach Steve Kerr said it’s doubtful that Jones returns during the playoffs, according to a report from Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

F Kevin Durant – 8 May 2019 – Doubtful (Calf) – Kevin Durant is doubtful to play in Game 6 and will, at worst, return should the Warriors reach the Conference Finals.

X-Factors: Seth Curry (POR) vs Stephen Curry (GSW)

Fans will get a preview of an anticipated brother versus brother matchup when the Warriors and Blazers face off. While Stephen is the two-time MVP, who seems to be back on track, Seth is an impact bench player who can get as hot as his sharpshooting brother.

Seth Curry

Shooting Guard | 6-2, 185lb (188cm, 83kg) | Duke | Exp. 4 Years

7.9 PPG | 2.7 APG | 2.6 RPG | 1.1 SPG | 0.1 BPG | 1.3 TOV | .481 FG% | .425 3P%

Seth Curry hasn’t been wholly impactful this post-season for the Portland Trail Blazers. Teams have been glued to his hip, in order to draw down his impressive 42.5% three-point shooting percentage.

For the Blazers to take down the Warriors, they will need Seth Curry to punish the Warriors from deep. Golden State’s interior defense is too tough to not force out to the perimeter.

Curry was a +7 in 16 minutes against the Denver Nuggets in Game 7. Despite not registering a point, he was a pest on defense and harassed the Nuggets’ backcourt. That energy will be needed against his brother.

Stephen Curry

Point Guard | 6-3, 190lb (190cm, 86kg) | Davidson | Exp. 9 Years

27.3 PPG | 5.2 APG | 5.3 RPG | 1.3 SPG | 0.4 BPG | 2.8 TOV | .472 FG% | .437 3P%

It seemed like Curry was in for another disappointing performance in Game 6 against the Houston Rockets. He exploded in the second half though, to lead the Warriors to victory.

In Game 6 against the Houston Rockets, Stephen Curry scored 33 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and got to the free throw line 11 times to convert on all of them.

Stephen is clearly the more impactful and talented brother, but he will surely be matched up with Seth more than once. Stephen will have to work both on defense and offense if he hopes to comfortably finish the Trail Blazers.

Portland Trail Blazers at Golden State Warriors Predictions and Odds

Both teams are coming off of an inspiring win to close out their previous series. Curry’s shooting and home court advantage may tip the scales in the Warriors’ favor, but Lillard and McCollum are sure to want to take advantage of the Dubs who lack their greatest star.

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Point Spread

Sportsbook POR Trail Blazers +7.5 GS Warriors -7.5 Link
888Sport NJ -110 -110
BetStars NJ -110 -110

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Total Points

Sportsbook Over 220 Under 220 Link
888Sport NJ -109 -112
BetStars NJ -110 -110

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Money Line

Sportsbook POR Trail Blazers GS Warriors Link
888Sport NJ +275 -345
BetStars NJ +270 -350

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