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Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 4/9/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland Trail Blazers (51-27) at Golden State Warriors (63-15)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 10:30 pm (Oracle Arena)

The Line: Golden State Warriors -9.5 -- Over/Under: 208.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Portland Trailblazers make the trip to the Oracle Arena to take on the Golden State Warriors on TNT Thursday.

The Portland Trailblazers have won seven of their last nine games and will be looking to build on Wednesday's 116-91 rout of the Timberwolves. LaMarcus Aldridge led the way with 24 points on 10 of 16 shooting, Robin Lopez added 18 points and Damian Lillard had 17 points as the Blazers shot out to a 55-36 lead at halftime before emptying their bench and giving their reserve players a run. It was a nice win, but not really much to be proud of, because the Wolves were so injury depleted and were already on an eight-game losing streak. Still, the easy win lifts their record to 51-27 which secures their position of fourth in the Western Conference standings.

Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 4/9/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors have been the best team all season, but are suddenly finding themselves battling to avoid a third straight loss after getting nipped by 103-100 at New Orleans on Tuesday. Stephen Curry had an impressive game of 25 points and nine assists with five three-pointers while Draymond Green chipped in with 24 points and 14 rebounds, but the Warriors got next to nothing from Klay Thompson who shot just two of 10 for his seven points and that was the difference in the end. To be fair, the Warriors also did a poor job on the Pelicans' Anthony Davis who scored 23 of his 29 points in the second half, but the good news is that they've had the top seed locked up for a while now, so these losses really don't mean anything.

In ATS trends, the Blazers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven against the Western Conference and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 against the NBA Pacific, while the Warriors are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record.

Head to head, the Blazers are just 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 4-14 ATS in the last 18 meetings in Golden State.

It's really tough to go against the Warriors at the Oracle Arena, but despite being 25-11 ATS at home this season, I'm actually going with the Blazers because the Warriors just haven't quite been themselves in their last two games.

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Portland +9.5

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