Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors - 11/2/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Golden State Warriors (2-0) at Portland Trail Blazers (1-1)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Moda Center)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -3.5 -- Over/Under: 207 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNB, CSNN
The Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers play Sunday night at the Moda Center.
With a Saturday win over the Los Angeles Lakers, the Golden State Warriors improve to 2-0 on the season. The Warriors have done a great job of sharing the basketball the first couple of games and getting a better shot for their playmakers. Stephen Curry has been lights out with a combined 55 points and 15 assists, while Klay Thompson is 18-32 from the field so far this season. While Harrison Barnes didn’t get off to the best of starts in the Warriors season opener, he is coming off a 15-point performance Saturday and has picked up 10 rebounds overall. The most impressive thing for the Golden State Warriors is that they’ve held their two opponents to a combined 7-32 from downtown. If the Warriors can continue to close out and play great defense to go along with their offense, they’ll be unstoppable.
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The Portland Trail Blazers are 1-1 on the season and hope to bounce back from a somewhat embarrassing loss to the Sacramento Kings. The Trail Blazers offense isn’t clicking the way it usually is, as they’re shooting just 42.9 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from downtown. LaMarcus Aldridge leads the way with 24.5 points per game and 3.5 rebounds, while Wesley Matthews is averaging 19 points and 4.5 rebounds. The one player who has been a little shaky out the gate has been star point guard Damian Lillard, who is just 7-23 from the field in the first two games. Of course, the Trail Blazers are a team that relies heavily on the three ball and efficient offense and they haven’t gotten it done it the first two games. Defensively, the Trail Blazers are allowing teams to shoot 41.4 percent from the field.
The Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Northwest and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Trail Blazers are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Warriors are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Portland and 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings overall.
The Golden State Warriors were my preseason pick to win it all and with the way they've been playing out of the gate, I'll gladly take them and the plus money. I suggest you do the same.