2018-19 Portland Trail Blazers Vs Golden State Warriors Season Series Recap
Nov. 23, 2018 – POR 97, GS 125
Dec. 27, 2018 – POR 110, GS 109 (OT)
Dec. 29, 2018 – GS 115, POR 105
Feb. 13, 2019 – GS 107, POR 129
Portland Trail Blazers Break Down
The Portland Trial Blazers have been led by their star-studded backcourt throughout this playoff run. Damien Lillard has averaged 28.4 PPG on 43.1 FG%, while CJ McCollum has put up 25.6 PPG on 45.5 FG%. These two will need to shoot the lights out for the Blazers to hang with the Durant-less Warriors. Portland has received solid contributions from Enes Kanter (12.9 PPG, 10.6 RPG). He might be able to exploit the Warriors’ lack of rim protection, but he also will be pushed off the court when Steve Kerr decides to go small, because Kanter is a lackluster defender. Zach Collins has also given Portland some nice production off the bench – he will also need to continue to play well in this series.
Golden State Warriors Break Down
The defending champs will likely be without their superstar Kevin Durant and big man DeMarcus Cousins throughout the entirety of this series, but the team went back to their free-flowing ways in an impressive Game 6, close-out win in Houston. Andre Iguodala stepped up in that game, with a playoff-high 17 points. The Warriors were able to show the rest of the NBA that they can still win a title without KD. This does not bode well for Portland. The Blazers do not have enough perimeter D to slow down Curry or Klay, so their best chance at making this a series is for Dame and CJ to out-gun their G-State counterparts. They will need to do what Lou Williams did in Round 1; in the two Clippers wins, Lou dropped 33 and 36 points.
Portland Trail Blazers Vs Golden State Warriors NBA Fantasy Basketball Predictions
We do think that this is going to be a very difficult series for Portland. We do not think that they match up well with the Warriors, even without Durant. During the season, the Blazers ranked 16th in defensive efficiency. In the playoffs, they have ranked 8th out of 16 teams. This kind of defense is not good enough to defeat the Warriors. I think that the only way that Portland makes this a series is if Lillard and McCollum absolutely light it up. The Blazers have had a terrific run but this is the end for them.
VERDICT: Golden State Warriors in 5
The Portland Trail Blazers will be able to steal a game from G-State at home with some Lillard fireworks. The Durant injury has woken up the Warriors; they are finally facing some adversity. They rose to the occasion in Game 6 vs. Houston and they will keep this up in the Conference Finals.
Playing Game 1 – StatementGames Fantasy Basketball?
- Golden State OVER 113.5 points
- Golden State will win by OVER 8.5 points
- Klay Thompson OVER 24.5 PTS