“Warriors to cash at home vs. Portland”
The Portland Trail Blazers have notched a 5-2 spread record in their last seven games, including a 3-1 ATS mark in the span’s four road spots. Terry Stotts’ squad travels for the second night of a back-to-back spot in Friday’s matchup against the Golden State Warriors, who are 3-1 ATS in their last four home dates. Who will collect at the windows in the first battle of the year between these Western Conference rivals?
Trail Blazers, Aldridge rally past Heat
Portland erased a 13-point deficit in Thursday’s 92-90 victory over the Miami Heat, cashing as a 3 ½-point home dog. Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews hit 7-of-18 shots from the floor, including a pair of clutch buckets in the game’s final minute.
Matthews finished with 18 points , while adding four boards and two steals. Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge picked up his fifth double-double in six games, notching 20 points and a team-high 15 rebounds.
The contest’s combined 182 points dipped below the ‘total’ of 194 ½, making the UNDER 5-3 in the Trail Blazers’ last eight games. Portland’s Nicolas Batum led his squad’s scoring with 28 points, while uniting with mate Damian Lillard for 13 assists.
Warriors, Thompson fall to Grizzlies
Golden State logged a second straight loss in Wednesday’s 94-87 defeat as a one-point home favorite against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Warriors were outscored in paint points, 60-34, while holding Memphis to a 2-for-17 night outside the arc.
Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson united for 44 points, with Thompson adding a team-high seven assists. Golden State’s David Lee and Carl Landry combined for 19 boards, while their club was outrebounded, 43-38.
The matchup’s 181 points ducked below the ‘total’ of 190 ½, moving the UNDER to 4-2 in the Warriors last six games. Warriors center Festus Ezeli logged three of his side’s eight steals, while knocking down 3-of-6 field buckets for six points.
Back the Warriors as home ‘chalk’
5Dimes.eu opened Golden State as a seven-point home favorite, while first listing the ‘total’ at 198. Both squads will have one day off following the duel, resuming action on Sunday with Golden State traveling to Denver and Portland returning home against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
I am adding Golden State to my NBA picks for Friday’s card, laying the points in Oakland. The Warriors have cashed at 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home dates, while collecting with a 20-8-1 spread record in their last 29 spots that followed a defeat.
Portland’s comeback win on Thursday should leave Aldridge and Co. drained for this affair, while the Trail Blazers have notched just 91.8 PPG in their last five road spots. The home team has collected with a 16-7 spread record in the last 23 meetings between these foes, with Golden State going 8-2 ATS in the span’s most recent 10 duels.
The Warriors have held visitors to 90 PPG in their last four home dates, while allowing a stingy 90.6 PPG in Portland’s last three visits to Oakland. Look for Golden State to collect again here, leaving the Trail Blazers behind in the second half.Good luck with all of your upcoming sports picks~