NBA betting odds: Two of the best picks for this weekend
Both Portland and Toronto head home for Game 3's hoping to turn the tide in their series.
Here is an NBA preview featuring some of the best NBA betting odds and tips from this upcoming weekend's matches.
Golden State Warriors @ Portland Trail Blazers (Saturday)
No Kevin Durant, no problem; the Golden State Warriors look to be in championship mode and are the favourites in the NBA championship odds 2019.
Golden State started the series off on the right foot with a convincing 116-94 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
The splash brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, were lights out and they lead the Warriors as the team shot over 50 percent from the field and from three-point range.
Curry had a game-high 36 points and seven assists on 12-of-23 shooting, including 9-of-15 from three-point range. Thompson was just as good shooting 10-of-24 from the field for 26 points.
Portland had a night they'd rather forget in Game 1 as the team shot 36 percent from the field and 25 percent from three-point range.
Damian Lillard had 19 points and six assists on 4-of-12 shooting while turning the ball over seven times. CJ McCollum chimed in with 17 points making just one-of-five three pointers.
Rodney Hood provided a spark off the bench shooting four-of-eight from the field for 17 points.
The Trail Blazers are averaging 117.8 ppg at home, and have lost just one game at home during the postseason. Even if Durant decides to suit up, anticipate Portland coming out as a different team at the Moda Center.
We're backing a Portland win as the first of our NBA picks and predictions for the weekend.
Final score prediction: Golden State Warriors 111, Portland Trail Blazers 114
Toronto Raptors @ Milwaukee Bucks (Sunday)
The Milwaukee Bucks came from behind to outscore Toronto 32-17 in the fourth quarter as the Bucks took a 1-0 series lead with a 108-100 win on Wednesday night.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez lead the way with monster double-doubles. The Greek Freak made plays on both ends of the floor totaling 24 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, three blocks, and two steals.
Lopez had a team-high 29 points on 12-of-21 shooting with 11 rebounds and four blocks.
Toronto was yet again lead by the efforts of Kawhi Leonard, who had 31 points, nine rebounds, and three steals.
The Raptors had a surprisingly encouraging performance from Kyle Lowry in Game 1. Lowry shot lights out shooting from beyond the arc knocking down seven-of-nine three-pointers for 30 points.
Toronto's defense has been impenetrable at home this postseason allowing just 92.9 ppg. Although Milwaukee is on a roll, the Raptors will be in must-win mode in Game 3 and are my pick from the NBA betting odds to capitalize on home-court advantage.
Final score prediction: Milwaukee Bucks 96, Toronto Raptors 101