Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors - 4/22/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Golden State Warriors (68-15) at Portland Trail Blazers (41-42)
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 Portland Trail Blazers meet in game three of the NBA first round playoffs Saturday at the Moda Center.
The Golden State Warriors can all but end this series with another victory here and going up 3-0. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 115.5 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 95 points on 38.3 percent shooting. Stephen Curry is averaging 24 points and five assists while Kevin Durant is averaging 32 points and 10 rebounds. Klay Thompson is the third double-digit scorer and Draymond Green is grabbing 12 rebounds. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 84.6 percent from the free throw line. The Golden State Warriors are allowing 28.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 49.5 rebounds per game. The Golden State Warriors have won five straight road games.
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The Portland Trail Blazers need a victory here in order to have any shot of getting back into this series. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 95 points on 38.3 percent shooting and allowing 115.5 points on 48.3 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 23 points and 1.5 assists while C.J. McCollum is averaging 26 points and 6.5 rebounds. Maurice Harkless is the third double-digit scorer and Evan Turner is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 28.1 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.5 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won eight of their last nine home games.
The Warriors are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games, 21-7 ATS in their last 28 Conference Quarterfinals games and 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Warriors are 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Portland, 35-17 ATS in the last 52 meetings and the over is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings.
Playing at home is where the role players step up, and the Portland Trail Blazers have a lot of role players who knockdown shots at the Moda Center. In fact, the Trail Blazers averaged 110 points and shot 38.6 percent from beyond the arc at home compared to 107.9 points and 37.5 percent from deep overall. Portland is a very tough team to play at home and there's still a chance Jusuf Nurkic finally plays, giving the team a much needed post player and third scoring option. It's no secret the Warriors are deadly and are playing some of their best ball, but if the Portland Trail Blazers are going to win a game, it would be this one. I'll take my free points.