The Blazers And Warriors Depth Allows Each Team To Have A Balanced Scoring Attack

Monday, May 20, 2019 2:38 PM UTC

Monday, May. 20, 2019 2:38 PM UTC

The Blazers will try to keep their season alive against the defending champions by putting forth a quality scoring output, which will lead to both teams going over the total for Game 4.
<p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><b id="docs-internal-guid-1df595c7-7fff-97b7-5f9f-f1547b6e5a76">Golden State at Portland Trail Blazers </b></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><b id="docs-internal-guid-1df595c7-7fff-97b7-5f9f-f1547b6e5a76">Monday 9 P.M. ET</b></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><b id="docs-internal-guid-1df595c7-7fff-97b7-5f9f-f1547b6e5a76">Free NBA Pick: <a href="" target="_blank">Over 220.5</a></b></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><b id="docs-internal-guid-1df595c7-7fff-97b7-5f9f-f1547b6e5a76">Recommended Sportsbook: <a href=";book=5dimes" target="_blank">5Dimes</a></b></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3795234, "sportsbooksIds":[19,238,169,1275,1602], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank">Damian Lillard</a> may be injured, but he and CJ McCollum have all the intentions on keeping their season alive. <a href="" target="_blank">The Golden State Warriors</a> will go for their second Western Conference finals sweep in the last three seasons <a href="" target="_blank">Monday night</a> when they visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Portland Trail Blazers</a> for Game 4 in the best-of-seven series. Having become the first squad in NBA history to rally from at least a 13-point deficit in consecutive playoff wins, the Warriors find themselves one victory away from a fifth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.</p><p dir="ltr">It appears Golden State will take its first shot at the series-clinching win without <a href="" target="_blank">Andre Iguodala</a>, who experienced pain in his left Achilles during Saturday's 110-99 win in Portland. The veteran got good news on an MRI exam performed Sunday, yet was still listed as no better than "questionable" for Game 4. Already without <a href="" target="_blank">Kevin Durant</a> (calf) and DeMarcus Cousins (quadriceps), the Warriors got big performances from their three remaining All-Stars and significant contributions from several others as they brushed aside an 18-point, second-quarter deficit and won 110-99 on Saturday night.</p><p dir="ltr">Like most Trail Blazers, Lillard has been most ineffective in third quarters in the series. He's shot just 3-for-14 overall and 1-for-4 on 3-pointers in the three third periods, during which the Trail Blazers have been outscored 91-63. Lillard, an Oakland native who would like nothing better than to get one more homecoming before <a href="" target="_blank">the Warriors</a> move to San Francisco next season, has been outscored 109-61 by Curry in the series.</p><div dir="ltr">[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;\"We could easily just say ‘Well, we’re down 0-3, no one else has ever done it why not just get to the summer.’ But that’s not who we are. That’s certainly not our mindset. ..We’re gonna come out tomorrow night &amp;amp; we’re gonna fight\" -&lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@MeyersLeonard11&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;May 19, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</div><p dir="ltr">Portland went 2-0 in potential elimination games in their seven-game triumph over Denver in the Western semifinals. But the Trail Blazers have a taller task in the Western finals, facing a Warriors team that has won five in a row in these playoffs and has beaten them nine straight times in the postseason. The Warriors have gone 17-7 in potential close-out games in the Steve Kerr era, including 5-3 in Game 4 when up 3-0 in the series.</p><p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank">The Blazers</a> 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 <a href="" target="_blank">over/under total</a>. The biggest thing for Portland will be to keep up the scoring barrage in the third quarter when Golden State usually goes on their run to take a commanding lead against teams. The Blazers only scored 13 points in <a href="" target="_blank">Game 3</a>’s third quarter and must do a much better job of maintaining their first half energy in the second half if they are to help reach the 220 point total.</p><div dir="ltr">[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;GAME DAY MOOD &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;May 20, 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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