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Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors

Game 1 of the 2019 Western Conference Finals takes place inside Oracle Arena on Tuesday night between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers. Steph Curry and the Warriors took out the Rockets in six games to get here, while the Trail Blazers were able to storm Denver and take a decisive Game 7.

Golden State Warriors

Surprise, Surprise. The Golden State Warriors are back in the Western Conference Finals. This season’s appearance in the Conference Finals represents the fifth season in a row that the Warriors have reached this point in the playoffs. This time around, the Warriors will be without their reigning two-time Finals MVP in Kevin Durant. Durant suffered a strained calf in Game 5 of the Warriors series against the Rockets. The Warriors have yet to release a date for Durant to return to the lineup, but the small forward will most definitely miss the first two games of this series, and likely much more. This will be a huge miss for the Warriors, who were relying heavily on Durant’s 34.2 points per game in the playoffs. With Durant out, Klay Thompson will be expected to get more looks in the offense for the Warriors. Thompson has shot the three-ball at 41% in the playoffs so far, and will only be getting more looks going forward with KD out for Golden State.

The Warriors are coming of two back-to-back big wins against the Rockets. Golden State will play Game 1 at home on Tuesday. The Warriors have been tough to beat at Oracle Arena in the playoffs, as Golden State has a 4-2 record in six home games in the postseason. The Warriors went undefeated at home in their last series against the Rockets, posting a 3-0 home record against Houston in the Western Conference Semis.

Golden State Warriors NBA Form

DateFixtureQ1Q2Q3Q4OTFinal
2019.05.10 GSW
HOU
27
28
30
29
25
30
36
26
118
113
2019.05.08 HOU
GSW
17
31
26
26
29
15
27
32
99
104
2019.05.06 GSW
HOU
28
25
26
36
30
32
24
19
108
112
2019.05.04 GSW
HOU
26
25
23
33
35
33
28
21
9
14
121
126
2019.04.30 HOU
GSW
20
29
29
29
26
24
34
33
109
115
2019.04.28 HOU
GSW
19
28
34
25
23
30
24
21
100
104
2019.04.26 GSW
LAC
35
31
37
22
30
25
27
32
129
110
2019.04.24 LAC
GSW
37
41
34
22
33
31
25
27
129
121
2019.04.21 GSW
LAC
32
22
30
32
25
30
26
21
113
105
2019.04.18 GSW
LAC
41
24
32
28
36
24
23
29
132
105
2019.04.15 LAC
GSW
25
33
25
40
44
35
41
23
135
131
2019.04.13 LAC
GSW
27
36
29
33
23
29
25
23
104
121
2019.04.10 GSW
MEM
41
45
27
41
22
28
27
18
117
132
2019.04.09 GSW
NOP
18
19
38
37
32
23
24
24
112
103
2019.04.07 LAC
GSW
28
32
27
30
18
42
31
27
104
131
2019.04.05 CLE
GSW
26
36
23
32
35
31
30
21
114
120
2019.04.04 GSW
LAL
39
12
21
30
34
24
14
24
108
90
2019.04.02 DEN
GSW
24
30
19
29
21
27
38
30
102
116
2019.03.31 CHA
GSW
27
35
22
36
23
34
18
32
90
137
2019.03.29 GSW
MIN
32
27
36
27
18
32
29
29
15
16
130
131
2019.03.27 GSW
MEM
31
37
35
23
23
24
29
19
118
103
2019.03.24 DET
GSW
28
29
21
34
28
34
37
24
114
121
2019.03.23 DAL
GSW
37
22
37
24
34
24
18
21
126
91
2019.03.21 IND
GSW
19
19
24
34
19
35
27
24
89
112
2019.03.19 GSW
MIN
30
27
29
20
32
28
26
32
117
107
2019.03.18 GSW
SAS
25
25
22
33
31
24
27
29
105
111
2019.03.16 GSW
OKC
40
27
24
19
23
25
23
17
110
88

Portland Trail Blazers

It’s been quite an incredible playoff run for the Portland Trail Blazers, who have navigated their way to the Western Conference Finals. This trip to the Conference Finals is only the seventh time Portland has reached this stage of the playoffs, and the first appearance since 1999-2000. After taking the OKC Thunder out in a five game first round series, Portland was able to knock out a young and talented Denver Nuggets team. The one-two punch of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum dominated the series. McCollum was especially effective throughout the series, putting up 26.4 points per game in seven games against the Nuggets, including a clutch 37 point performance in Denver in a pivotal Game 7. As good as these Blazers guards have been to this point, they will need to be even better if they are going to challenge the Warriors in a best-of-seven series. Look for big performances by both Lillard and McCollum, as the experienced scorers will have to put up big numbers for Portland to pull off a Game 1 upset.

The Blazers are coming off back-to-back victories in Game 6 and 7 of their series against the Nuggets. Game 1 will be played at Oracle Arena, a venue that the Blazers have recorded a 1-1 record in during the regular season. Portland has put up a decent away record in the postseason, going 3-3 in six away games in the playoffs.

Portland Trail Blazers NBA Form

DateFixtureQ1Q2Q3Q4OTFinal
2019.05.09 DEN
POR
34
26
20
32
26
29
28
32
108
119
2019.05.07 POR
DEN
25
31
22
34
18
28
33
31
98
124
2019.05.05 DEN
POR
29
33
28
30
27
14
32
35
116
112
2019.05.03 DEN
POR
17
23
30
25
29
33
26
21
36
38
137
140
2019.05.01 POR
DEN
28
23
22
12
28
29
19
26
97
90
2019.04.29 POR
DEN
32
32
23
26
29
35
29
28
113
121
2019.04.23 OKC
POR
37
29
23
32
30
27
25
30
115
118
2019.04.21 POR
OKC
26
24
24
22
29
22
32
30
111
98
2019.04.19 POR
OKC
22
21
17
28
43
37
26
34
108
120
2019.04.16 OKC
POR
31
26
23
28
21
37
19
23
94
114
2019.04.14 OKC
POR
25
39
23
15
21
22
30
28
99
104
2019.04.10 SAC
POR
39
30
48
32
26
36
18
38
131
136
2019.04.09 POR
LAL
26
25
27
23
20
26
31
27
104
101
2019.04.07 DEN
POR
25
29
24
31
32
26
27
29
108
115
2019.04.05 POR
DEN
29
22
21
34
37
28
23
35
110
119
2019.04.03 MEM
POR
30
28
29
34
10
24
20
30
89
116
2019.04.01 POR
MIN
38
23
37
41
22
36
35
22
132
122
2019.03.30 POR
DET
14
11
20
20
25
35
31
33
90
99
2019.03.29 POR
ATL
38
30
22
21
30
25
28
22
118
98
2019.03.27 POR
CHI
27
14
32
27
28
24
31
33
118
98
2019.03.25 BKN
POR
27
31
35
31
28
33
30
25
24
28
144
148
2019.03.23 DET
POR
28
32
28
27
36
30
20
28
112
117
2019.03.20 DAL
POR
17
26
35
39
31
36
35
25
118
126
2019.03.18 IND
POR
31
28
17
27
24
33
26
18
98
106
2019.03.16 POR
SAS
21
23
29
25
26
24
27
36
103
108

The Money Line

Here are how the odds to win the match look from the bookies ahead of the game.

Portland Trail Blazers to win @ 4.00 (3/1) with Unibet.
Golden State Warriors to win @ 1.30 (3/10) with Betfair.

Odds taken at 20:00 GMT 13/05/2019

Key Points

  • The Golden State Warriors have led at the end of the first quarter in nine of their last 10 games
  • Damian Lillard (28.4 ppg) and CJ McCollum (25.6 ppg) are averaging a combined 54 points per game in the playoffs
  • Warriors leading scorer Kevin Durant (34.2 ppg in playoffs) has been ruled OUT for Game 1

Our Verdict and Best Bets

The Western Conference Finals matches up some of the NBA’s best guards as Damian Lillard and the Blazers take on Steph Curry and the top seeded Warriors. Golden State has been starting hot consistently in the playoffs, and we expect this trend to continue against the Blazers in Game 1. In all but two of their playoff games, the Warriors have had the lead after the first quarter. With Golden State having an extra day of rest, plus the home court advantage, bettors should consider placing a wager on the moneyline of the first quarter in favor of Golden State.

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