Golden State Warriors vs Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trailblazers are coming off back-to-back losses to Dallas and OKC, but will stop at home to
take on the Golden State Warriors. Golden State has rattled off four-straight wins, as they remain atop
the Western Conference with a 40-15 record. The Trailblazers have jumped up to fourth in the West
with a 33-23 record. This is a completely different Portland team at home with a 23-8 record. On the
road they are just 10-15. When you take on a team like the Warriors, you need every advantage you can
get. Expect the Moda Center to be rocking on Wednesday night, as tipoff is set for 10:30 p.m. Golden
State is -3 as the favorite in this game.

Teams Know Each Other

This game will mark the fourth time that Portland and Golden State will faceoff this season. Back in
November Portland lost in Golden State, 125-97, when Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson combined for
63 points. They then faced each other in back-to-back games at the end of December, when Portland
won in overtime at Oracle 110-109. Jusuf Nurkic went off for 27 points and 12 rebounds, to go along
with 24 points from McCollum and 21 points from Lillard. They then fell short in the second game, 115-
105, despite getting 40 points from Lillard. This will be the first time that Portland will have to face a
fully healthy Warriors lineup that now includes DeMarcus Cousins.

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Warriors Elite All Over

Not many teams can matchup to the Warriors, but don’t sleep on the matchups between Lillard and
Curry, as well as, McCollum against Thompson. Lillard is having another spectacular season averaging
26.3 points, as he is coming off back-to-back 30-point outings. McCollum is second on the team
averaging 21.1 points, as the Trailblazers will need him to return to form after a rough couple of games.
The five-year veteran is the second-best scoring option behind Lillard by a long shot and shot a
combined 11-of-37 in the losses to Dallas and OKC. Nurkic is a solid center option averaging 15.1 points,
10.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks, as he’ll have the duties of guarding Cousins. Portland decided to try and
bring in some more scoring before the trade deadline by acquiring Rodney Hood from Cleveland. They
got him for a decent price, only giving up Nik Stauskus, Wade Baldwin and two future second-round
picks. Hood is still getting integrated into the system, but did score 14 points in his first game with
Portland.

Golden State Rolls Again

The Trailblazers are going to need tremendous defense and other scorers to rise to the occasion in order
to take down Steve Kerr’s Warriors team. Curry and Durant both lead this team in scoring, as they get
roughly 56 points a night between the two. You then have Thompson who averages 22.1 points a night,
Cousins who averages 14.1 points, and then Draymond Green at the forward position. We’re predicting
this to be a pretty close game. The Trailblazers have played the Warriors close in their last two
matchups. Portland enters this game with no injuries, as Andre Iguodala remains day-to-day for Golden
State. The Warriors win this one easily. Bet on Golden State.

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