The Golden State Warriors look to go up 3 games to 0 versus the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, May 18. The Trail Blazers hope a change of venue will give them more luck. Can Portland cut Golden State’s series lead in half? Check out the NBA Playoff betting odds, analysis, and a free pick for Trail Blazers-Warriors Game 3!
Warriors vs Trail Blazers NBA Playoffs Game 3 Odds, Preview & Prediction
Why Golden State Warriors are a good bet at +2½?
After Kevin Durant suffered an injury that kept him on the bench versus the Houston Rockets, many believed Houston might upset Golden State. That didn’t happen. Instead of the Warriors playing worse without Durant, they’ve turned back time.
Golden State won a championship leaning on Draymond Green, Steph Curry, and Kyle Thompson. They simply flipped the switch and started playing the way they did when Durant was an Oklahoma City Thunder. The Warriors have beaten the Portland Trail Blazers by leaning on their original Big 3. That won’t change just because the venue changes. Golden State can go up 3-0 over Portland on Saturday night.
- Points/G: 117.7
- Field Goal %: 49.1
- 3-Point %: 38.5
- Free Throw %: 80.1
- Rebounds/G: 46.2
- Points/G: 111.2
- Field Goal %: 44.4
- 3-Point %: 34.7
- Free Throw %: 77.3
- Rebounds/G: 44.3
Why Portland Trailblazers are a good bet at -2 ½?
Portland had a rough time in Game 1. In Game 2, they were in a position to upset the Golden State Warriors. At halftime, the Trail Blazers were up 65-50. Unfortunately, they imploded in the third quarter, getting outscored 39-24.
If the Trail Blazers can play four full quarters of great basketball, or at least don’t lose a 15 point lead, they can win and cover on May 18.
- Points/G: 114.7
- Field Goal %: 46.7
- 3-Point %: 35.9
- Free Throw %: 81.4
- Rebounds/G: 48
- Points/G: 110.5
- Field Goal %: 45.7
- 3-Point %: 35.9
- Free Throw %: 77
- Rebounds/G: 42.8
NBA Playoffs Betting Trends for Warriors vs Trail Blazers
- Warriors are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 Saturday games
- Warriors are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win
- Warriors are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 conference finals games
- Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss
- Trail Blazers are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games
- Trail Blazers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games versus a team with a road winning % greater than .600
Warriors vs Trail Blazers Game 2 Final Analysis
Golden State has played great. The best team in the NBA picked the pace up after Kevin Durant went down. They haven’t looked back since. However, the Warriors face a serious test without Durant on Saturday night.
Portland had Golden State on the ropes in Game 2. If not for the strange third quarter, where Portland could do nothing right, the Trail Blazers would have evened the series. Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, and the rest of the Blazers shouldn’t blow any leads on Saturday night. The Portland Trail Blazers win and cover in Game 3.
NBA Playoffs Betting Pick: Trail Blazers -2 ½