The start of the Western Conference Finals and the Portland Trail Blazers travel to the Bay Area to take on the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors do have an injury concern with Kevin Durant not being able to take his place in more than likely the first two games. Stephen Curry also has that finger injury and this gives the Blazers every chance to take the first game.
The Warriors got a bit of help from their bench in Game 6 against the Rockets and will once again need it against a good Blazers outfit.
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Portland Trail Blazers @ Golden State Warriors
Prediction – Game Total Over 218.5
Portland + 7.5
The last 5 contests between these two sides have come up with an average Game Total of 226. This is 8 above the projected Game Total and although it is a big final both sides can be prone to giving up big scores.
The Warriors only cover the Spread at 40% as Home Favorites this season which would suggest that the Blazers may stick around in this contest.
Kevin Durant is not suiting up in this game and the Warriors are 26 and 1 when Curry plays and Durant sits. This Dynasty was set up without Durant and Steve Kerr always has a game plan when his stars are not there.
The Warriors just in a high scoring affair.
Enes Kanter + 10.5 Rebounds
Golden State has been playing small and Kanter will be the main rebounder on the court. If Bogut starts it may make it a little tougher but Kanter should play 30 plus minutes and be a significant contributing factor for the Portland side on the Glass.
Klay Thompson + 2.5 Assists
Klay doesn’t normally get a lot of Dimes but will get a lot of attention from the Blazers defensively and may need to bail out to teammates at times. He did average 3 assists against the Blazers during the regular season.
It is shaping up as a great game 1 and the Warriors should win it on their home floor.
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