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Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers - 4/22/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Golden State Warriors (69-15) at Portland Trail Blazers (41-43)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10:30 pm (Moda Center)

The Line: Portland Trail Blazers +6 -- Over/Under: 217 See the Latest Odds


The Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trailblazers duke it out in Game 3 at the Moda Center on Saturday night.

The Golden State Warriors will be full of confidence following their 110-81 win over the Trailblazers in Game 2. Stephen Curry led the team with 19 points, JaVale McGee added 15 points, Klay Thompson finished with 16 points while Draymond Green chipped in with six points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists as the Warriors poured in 33 points in the first quarter to gain the ascendancy before putting the game to bed with a dominant 28-12 third quarter effort. Kevin Durant sat out Game 2 with a left calf strain and is likely to sit out Game 3 unless he is at full health.

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Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers - 4/22/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Meanwhile, the Portland Trailblazers probably saw felt like Game 2 was a great chance for them to steal a win while Durant was out for the Warriors, but they were sorely mistaken.  Maurice Harkless led the team in scoring with 15 points, Damian Lillard scored 12 points, CJ McCollum had 11 points while Shabazz Napier chipped in with 10 points but this game was a foregone conclusion after the third quarter where they scored just 12 points which was their lowest point total in any quarter this season. As a team, the Blazers shot just 33 percent from the field and seven of 34 from the three-point line.

The Warriors are 5-0 ATS in their last five road games, 21-7 ATS in their last 28 Conference Quarterfinals games and 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall. Meanwhile the Blazers are 8-1 ATS in their last nine home games, 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games overall and 7-18-2 ATS in their last 27 Conference Quarterfinals games.

Head to head, the Warriors are 35-17 ATS in the last 52 meetings overall and 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Portland. The over is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings overall and the over is 6-1 in the last seven meetings in Portland.

The Warriors could be without Durant again, but that shouldn’t worry them given how easily they won in Game 2. Meanwhile, the Blazers are still underdogs at home, but they will be fired up for this one after getting embarrassed in Game 2. There’s also an outside chance that Jusuf Nurkic will be available which would be a major boost for the Blazers who desperately need that interior scoring option. I’m always reluctant to back against the Warriors, but I do think that the Blazers come out firing and pull out the win at home where they always seem to punch above their weight.

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