They had been hoping to be a team that grows into a contender in the Western Conference – or at least makes it out of the first round – but this recent spell hasn’t indicated any such trajectory. On Wednesday, they’ll have a chance to make a statement against the Golden State Warriors, who are the team to beat.
NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis
The Warriors are 41-15 overall following Tuesday’s game versus Utah. On the road, they are 20-8 and just 13-14 ATS. However, they are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games versus an opponent with a home winning percentage over .600. They are also 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against teams with a winning record overall.
The Trail Blazers are 33-23 overall and 23-8 at home. They are 20-11 ATS at home, so they tend to be reliable covering at the Moda Center. The Trail Blazers are 4-0 ATS in their last four Wednesday games and are 8-0 ATS in their last eight games playing on one day of rest. That could be key as the Warriors played on Tuesday night, which makes this a back-to-back for them.
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors are like a senior in high school who knows he doesn’t have to do too much more on his papers to get a high grade and entrance into a good university. They are fooling around for three or three and a half quarters and then pushing hard just at the very end to get a good-enough grade and slide through. Golden State trailed the lowly Phoenix Suns entering the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game in Phoenix before rallying to win in the fourth quarter. They then did the same against Miami, trailing the Heat 118-115, with 45 seconds left in regulation before scoring five late points to win 120-118 at home. Golden State has lost only twice since it fell to these very same Portland Trail Blazers on Dec. 27 in Oakland at Oracle Arena.
The one challenge here is that the Warriors will be a bit shorthanded. DeMarcus Cousins played on Tuesday and will rest on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Klay Thompson could be a question mark on Wednesday. He jammed his ring finger on his non-shooting hand and had to go to the locker room.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Trail Blazers have not played well of late, allowing at least 118 points in three of their last four games, which led to losses in those three games. They seem to be hitting the wall and are psychologically at a point where they are craving that All-Star break. They need to push through one more game to get there, though, and it’s an important one when you consider that they are currently tied with the Houston Rockets for the No. 4 seed in the West.
The good news is that the Trail Blazers play well at home where they have won 10 of their last 11. They just need a good game from C.J. McCollum, who tends to struggle against Golden State. He averages just 19.0 points per game against them but if Thompson is out, that could help his – and the Trail Blazers – cause.