Golden State Warriors vs Portland Trail Blazers / NBA – The season reached the conference finals and first to play are teams from the West. The Warriors, who defend the title, will face the Trail Blazers who managed to eliminate Denver after full 7-game series. The Warriors too had difficult semi-finals but nevertheless they won the Rockets with 4-2 in the series. First two games will be played in the Oracle Arena in Oakland. The two teams met four times in the regular season and each of them won two games.
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Golden State Warriors
The Warriors continue with title defence in their fifth consecutive final of the Western Conference. They won Houston in the semi-finals by 4-2 in the series and they won the key game away and without injured Durant and Cousins. Curry played masterly in last two quarters of Game 6 when he scored 33 points after scoring none in first two periods. Situation with injuries will mean a lot in the series against Portland.
It is still not certain are Durant and Cousins able to play. The latest information is that there is chance to play, but nothing will be for sure before the very start of series. Many are of opinion that the Trail Blazers have no chance against the Warriors if those two players get ready, and they point at Iguodala defence on the Blazers guards, as well as Green who could be in charge of disturbing Kanter.
Probable lineups Golden State Warriors: Curry, Thompson, Iguodala, Durant (Bogut), Green
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland had a very difficult series against the Nuggests and they won it in the seventh game that was played away. If Lillard was the best player in the first play-off round against Oklahoma, then McCollum has definitely marked the series with Denver. He played at top level throughout all seven games, and was especially good in last two. Portland lost important bench player in the last game Hood, while Nurkic was out of action from before.
The Trail Blazers have reached the final of Western Conference for the first time since 2000 and famous series against the Lakers, when they failed to reach the final after incomprehensively weak play in the last quarter of the seventh game. Interestingly enough, they reached the conference final despite having one of weakest team game in the regular season (attack were mostly finished by Lillard and McCollum). Regardless of that Portland deserves to be where it is, and this is reward for quite a good season.
Probable lineups Portland Trail Blazers: Lillard, McCollum, Aminu, Harkless, Kanter
Golden State Warriors vs Portland Trail Blazers PICK
We have said before that if Durant and Cousins (or at least one of them) be ready than the Warriors are absolute favourites to win the series. Even without them Curry and Thompson, with some help from Green, can defeat tired Portland. It will be interesting to see how Curry family will handle the situation, since two brothers – Steph and Seth are about to face each other.
Pick: Warriors -8 points
Odds: 1.94 at 10bet (down to 1.83 can be played)
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