Blazers And Warriors Playing Better Defense Will Force Game 2 To Go 'Under'

Thursday, May 16, 2019 2:29 PM UTC

Thursday, May. 16, 2019 2:29 PM UTC

Game 1 ended with a total of 210 points, as the Warriors pulled away from the Blazers in the second half. In Game 2, expect both teams to play better defense on each other and to keep the point totals lower than expected.
<p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><b id="docs-internal-guid-eb2c98fe-7fff-0ff7-5f9f-86e894bf50bd">Portland Trail Blazers at Golden State Warriors</b></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><b id="docs-internal-guid-eb2c98fe-7fff-0ff7-5f9f-86e894bf50bd">Thursday 9 P.M. ET</b></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><b id="docs-internal-guid-eb2c98fe-7fff-0ff7-5f9f-86e894bf50bd">Free NBA Pick: <a href="" target="_blank">Under 219</a></b></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><b id="docs-internal-guid-eb2c98fe-7fff-0ff7-5f9f-86e894bf50bd">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=5dimes" target="_blank">5Dimes</a></b></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3795232, "sportsbooksIds":[19,93,169,180,1275], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank">While the two teams played an exciting Game 1</a>, the offensive output was not what we expected because of the fact that both sides have to go deep to their respective benches. <a href="" target="_blank">The Golden State Warriors</a> once again plan to take their resurrected "Strength in Numbers" approach up against a team that prides itself in its depth when the defending champs host the <a href="" target="_blank">Portland Trail Blazers</a> in Game 2 of the <a href="" target="_blank">Western Conference finals Thursday night</a>. Playing without injured Kevin Durant, the top-seeded Warriors got key contributions from several backups, including Quinn Cook, in a 116-94 victory over the Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series Tuesday night.</p><p dir="ltr">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. But they responded to <a href="" target="_blank">Durant's calf injury in the Western semifinals</a> with a greater commitment to the reserves in Game 6 at Houston. 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.</p><div dir="ltr">[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;\"Be ready.\"&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Get another look at last night’s Game 1 win.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;📹 | Film Session, presented by &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@kpthrive&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;May 16, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</div><p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank">Golden State</a> coach Steve Kerr took the same approach in Game 1 against Portland, which prevailed over Denver in its Western semifinal in large part because of a 34.1-25.1 average advantage in bench points.That confidence paid dividends in the series opener, with all eight Warriors backups who participated recording a positive plus/minus as Golden State's reserves outscored their Portland counterparts 36-28. While the Warriors, who will again be without Durant in Game 2, hope for more of the same, Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts walked away from Game 1 shaking his head over his team's performance.</p><p dir="ltr">Just two days removed from a tense Game 7 win at Denver, the Trail Blazers shot poorly (36.1 percent), committed an inordinate number of turnovers (21) and struggled to defend <a href="" target="_blank">Steph Curry</a> on the perimeter (9-for-15 on 3-pointers). While Head Coach Terry Stotts is confident his club can remedy all three of those issues, standout guard <a href="" target="_blank">Damian Lillard</a> noted a fourth shortcoming -- the combined 36 points he (19) and backcourt sidekick CJ McCollum (17) contributed on 11-for-31 shooting, including 3-for-10 on 3-pointers. Lillard also had seven of his team's 21 turnovers.</p><p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank">The Warriors and Blazers</a> are both short-handed and because of that <a href="" target="_blank">Game 2 will most likely fall below the 219 point threshold</a> for the total points line. Smart bettors will wager the under, as these two teams muster up enough energy from their depleted benches to compete and supplement the scoring from each respective backcourt.</p><div dir="ltr">[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;\"For us it’s just stick to the game plan: Understand what we need to change, how we need to adapt &amp;amp; go put on a better performance in Game 2.\" - &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@CJMcCollum&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;May 15, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</div>
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