Game two of the Western Conference Finals sees the Portland Trail Blazers try and square up the series against the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors took out Game 1 and Stephen Curry was big with 9 three-pointers and 36 points in a 116 to 94 Victory.
Golden State seems to have no issues without Kevin Durant and their 27 and 1 record when Curry plays and Durant sits, suggests that Curry really is the main man at Golden State.
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Portland Trail Blazers 0 @ Golden State Warriors 1
Prediction Game Total Under 218.5
Portland + 7.5
Portland has not been too bad after a loss this season and has managed to cover the spread 58% following a defeat. They definitely can play better defense than game 1 and will need their guards to start scoring if they are any chance of taking out Game 2.
Expect the Blazers to tighten up defensively and they may be in this game in the fourth quarter. They need to take advantage of Kevin Durant not being there and Klay Thompson and Steph Curry should get more attention in this clash.
As for the Game Total, the Total goes under 42% of the time when Portland are the Away underdogs.
The Game Total goes under 40% of the time when Golden State is the Home Favourites.
These numbers are based on the regular season, but given it is a final, both sides will bring it on the defensive end and Portland cannot afford to get into a shoot out against the talented Warriors.
The Warriors to win in a low scoring contest.
Maurice Harkless + 8.5 Points
Harkless was active offensively in Game 1 and scored 17 points on 12 shot attempts. Expect much the same in Game 2 and he will more than likely play 25 minutes with Al-Farouq Aminu out of favor at the moment.
Rodney Hood + 11.5 Points
Rodney Hood can score and has been used a lot in the Playoffs in favor of Seth Curry. He is getting open looks and playing more than 20 minutes on most nights. This number can be covered quickly if he has a half decent shooting night.
Stephen Curry + 5.5 Assists
Curry hit 9 threes in Game 1 and the Blazers will try their best for that not to happen again. He will be double-teamed a lot and the likes of Iguodala and Green will be used as a bailout on numerous occasions. If some of his teammates bring a jump shot or are positioned well, Curry could go close to 10 Assists in this game.
These are some NBA Playoff Picks for May 16th, 2019
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