Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 1/26/14
Portland Trail Blazers (32-11) at Golden State Warriors (26-18)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -3 -- Over/Under: 217.5 See the Latest Odds
For the second time this season, Portland and Golden State will square off in a battle between two terrific offenses. The earlier meeting in November produced a combined 214 points and 17 three pointers. Portland ended up winning the game 113-101.
The over would usually be the smart pick in this matchup, but that insane total is the largest number I ever remember seeing between these two teams. After four of the last five meetings went over, it’s safe to assume Vegas is tired of getting burned.
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So, onto the spread.
Portland has won seven of its last nine and is fresh off a victory over Minnesota. The offense is scary good from the starting five down to the bench. Heck, even Mo Williams chipped in more than 15 points in the win over Minnesota. The team is tough to beat when everybody is knocking down buckets from pretty much everywhere on the floor.
But the same can be said for Golden State. The Warriors are shooting 47.1 percent from the field in their last five games and 38.8 percent from downtown. Stephen Curry continues to have his best season yet and even David Lee has dropped more than 20 points in three straight games. Of course, a two-game losing streak and losers in four of their last five isn’t pretty, but this is still one of the better teams in the Western Conference, especially in Oracle Arena.
These teams are very similar, but Portland has been playing in too many shootouts for my taste. You don’t want to get into a track meet with Golden State. The Trail Blazers are 27th in points allowed this season and are allowing teams to shoot a ridiculous 46.8 percent from downtown in thier last five games. I can see Curry and Klay Thompson liking their fingers right now.
Taking Portland’s defense into consideration, along with the fact it’s coming off a back-to-back, you have to go with Golden State.
The Warriors have won three of the last four meetings straight up against Portland and are 5-3 against the spread following a loss by less than four points.