Trail Blazers @ Warriors: Golden State looks to take 2-0 series lead
Trail Blazers @ Warriors NBA odds spreads and predictions
After a lopsided Game 1, the Trail Blazers and Warriors will square off in Game 2 on Thursday night.
Point guard Steph Curry finished with a game-high 36 points to go along with six rebounds and seven assists for the Warriors in a convincing 116-94 victory over the Trail Blazers in Game 1 of this Western Conference semifinals series.
Klay Thompson added 26 points, three assists, three steals and two blocks, and Draymond Green contributed 12 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and three blocks for Golden State.
When is it? Thursday May 16th
What time is tip off? 9:00 p.m. ET
Where is it being played? ORACLE Arena
Which channel is it on? ESPN
If Portland wants to remain competitive in this series, the Trail Blazers will need better production from their two best players Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.
Lillard finished with a team-high 19 points to go along with four rebounds and six assists, and McCollum contributed 17 points and three boards in the loss.
During the regular season, Lillard averaged 25.8 points per game, which was good enough for 11th in the NBA, and McCollum had an average of 21.0 points per contest.
If the Blazers want to maximize their opportunites in this series, they will need to score closer to their regular season averages. If not, this could be a quick series in favor of the Warriors.
Trail Blazers @ Warriors Spread
The Golden State Warriors are giving the Blazers 7.5 points in this basketball game.
I do believe the Warriors will come away with a Game 2 victory, however, I like the Blazers plus the points in this matchup.
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are one of the better backcourt duos in the entire NBA, and I believe they will come to play in this matchup on Thursday.
Take the Blazers plus the points here.
Trail Blazers @ Warriors Over/Under
The over/under in this matchup is set at 218 total points.
My final score prediction: Golden State Warriors 112, Portland Trail Blazers 108.
Roll with the over in this contest.
Where the game will be won or lost
The Golden State Warriors once again will turn to their "Strength in Numbers" approach.
Playing without injured Kevin Durant, the top-seeded Warriors got key contributions from backups in a 116-94 victory over the Trail Blazers in Game 1.
The Warriors ranked 28th out of 30 teams in points off the bench during the regular season, and they were outscored by an average of 55.7-29.7 by Los Angeles Clippers' backups in the first round.
Kevon Looney had 14 points and Shaun Livingston 11 as the Warriors dominated the Rockets 33-17 off the bench in a 118-113 series-clinching win.
In Game 1 against the Blazers, all eight Warriors backups recorded a positive plus/minus as Golden State's reserves outscored their Portland counterparts, 36-28.
Just two days after an intense Game 7 win at Denver, the Trail Blazers shot poorly (36.1 percent), committed a number of turnovers (21) and struggled to defend Stephen Curry, who shot 9-for-15 on 3-pointers.
Guard Damian Lillard wasn't at his best, as the combined 36 points he (19) and CJ McCollum (17) contributed was on 11-for-31 shooting, including 3-for-10 on 3-pointers.
Lillard also had seven of his team's 21 turnovers in the game. As I said above, both Lillard and McCollum will need to be better for the Trail Blazers if they want to keep this series competitive.