Blazers and Warriors Look to Compete in Game 3 Shootout

Saturday, May 18, 2019 11:31 AM UTC

Saturday, May. 18, 2019 11:31 AM UTC

The two Western Conference Finals teams are finding their scoring groove and are set to put forth another high scoring affair in primetime.
<p style="text-align:center"><b id="docs-internal-guid-387de778-7fff-7ee9-c851-4a869ca1548a">Golden State at Portland Trail Blazers </b></p><div><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><b id="docs-internal-guid-387de778-7fff-7ee9-c851-4a869ca1548a">Saturday 9 P.M. ET</b></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><b id="docs-internal-guid-387de778-7fff-7ee9-c851-4a869ca1548a">Free NBA Pick: <a href="" target="_blank">Over 222.5</a></b></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><b id="docs-internal-guid-387de778-7fff-7ee9-c851-4a869ca1548a">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=5dimes" target="_blank">5Dimes</a></b></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3795233, "sportsbooksIds":[19,1096,139,169,93], "LineTypeId":3, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p dir="ltr">The Portland Trail Blazers hope to take their improved play a step further on their home court Saturday night when they seek their first win of the Western Conference finals in Game 3 against the Golden State Warriors. The Trail Blazers played competitively with the two-time defending champions on the road for more than three quarters in Game 1 on Tuesday before taking a lead into the final minute of the rematch on Thursday.</p><p dir="ltr">The result was two losses, but a greater confidence that their third try in the best-of-seven series will produce better results. Most of Portland's improvement in the wake of a 116-94 loss to Golden State in Game 1 came on the offensive end, where the visitors shot 44.2 percent, up from 36.1 percent, and outscored the Warriors 54-27 on 3-pointers after having been crushed 51-21 from beyond the arc in the series opener.</p><p dir="ltr">Portland reserve Seth Curry was the biggest difference-maker. After shooting 1-for-7 overall and 1-for-4 on 3-point attempts in Game 1, he stunned Warriors fans and his brother Stephen with 16 points on 5-for-9 shooting (4-for-7 on threes) on Thursday. He also recorded four steals, three against his more famous brother. For the second game in a row, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson got the better of their heralded Portland counterparts, McCollum and Damian Lillard. After outscoring their rivals 62-36 in Game 1, the Warriors' All-Star duo won the battle 61-45 in the rematch.</p><p dir="ltr">Golden State traveled to Portland on Friday without injured forward Kevin Durant, who has been ruled out of the next three games. But the Warriors have won three in a row without him, including a series-clinching Game 6 in Houston last week.</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 Durant's calf injury in the Western Conference Finals with a greater commitment to the reserves, Kevon Looney had 14 points and Shaun Livingston 11 as the Warriors made a dramatic 17 point comeback against the Blazers.</p><p dir="ltr">The Blazers will certainly look to get out scoring early and often, but expect the Warriors to keep up the pace as the two teams will more than likely exceed the over/under total.</p></div>
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