For our free play tonight we go to the Oracle arena where the defending champion Golden State Warriors host the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2nd game of the Western conference semifinals. In game 1 Golden State came out and kicked Portland right in the teeth taking a first quarter 37-17 lead and coasted to a 118-106 victory which wasn’t as close as the final suggested. Klay Thompson or better known by his teammates as Big Smokey had a team high and career playoff high of 37 points as the Trailblazers had no answer for Thompson. The coaching staff had better do a better job and maybe consider putting someone a little bigger to guard Thompson. Thompson was shooting over CJ McCollum all night and unless the Trail Blazers come up with a better defensive strategy it could be another long night for them. As for Portland the back court of Lillard and McCollum have to be better than a combined 13 for 43 which just wont cut it against the champion Warriors. Now with all this being said i find that if Portland has any chance of making this a series they need to win tonight while Stephen Curry sits out another game. It has been reported that Curry should be back for game 3 and this means Portland needs to take advantage tonight. They are quite aware of this as well which should serve as that extra motivation that we need. The oddsmaker has Portland as a 10 point underdog up a point from game 1. Although Portland has a terrible history at Oracle the feeling here is that Lillard and McCollum will come to play tonight and shake off the nerves from Game 1. Also coach Stotts will have a better game plan offensively to get Lillard and McCollum better looks at the basket and defensively to keep Thompson from having another huge game. Most of all, his team will be even more motivated knowing that this will be the best chance they have to beat the Warriors at home without the reigning MVP on the floor. We also will look to a stat that states the Trail Blazers are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points. Although i think it is going to be tough for Portland to get the outright win.
Free NBA Pick: I believe this will be a close fight all night between these teams. So lets get the job done with the Portland Trail Blazers plus 10 as your free play of the day.
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