Warriors Ready to Extend Streak and Extinguish Blazers

Swinging Johnson

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 2:55 PM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 2:55 PM UTC

Golden State takes a three-game winning streak into Portland tonight, so let’s determine which side has the most value for your NBA picks in this clash of Western Conference contenders.

Wednesday NBA: Warriors vs. Trail BlazersFree NBA Pick: Warriors -5½Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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What's Trending

Golden State (44-13 SU, 25-30-2 ATS) is 4-1 ATS in their last five games playing on one day’s rest.

Golden State is 16-2 SU and 11-7 ATS against the Trail Blazers over the last three seasons.

Golden State is 44-36 ATS in the second half of the season over the last three years.

Portland (31-26 SU, 27-24-6 ATS) is 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight games vs. a team with a winning percentage above .600.

Portland is 0-5-1 ATS in their last six games as an underdog.

Portland is 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a SU and ATS loss.

The Matchup

The Warriors are coming out to play tonight and if this meeting goes anything like their last 18 against the Blazers, it should result in another notch in their collective holsters. Golden State has dominated Portland recently, going 16-2 straight up and 11-7 against the number. Monday night’s 129-83 thrashing of the Suns was not without controversy as Coach Steve Kerr allowed his team a break from the grind and decided to let his charges call the plays. Phoenix felt it was disrespectful, however the Suns should look in the mirror as they scored just 12 points in the final frame, offering no apologies to their fans.

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“It’s their team, and they have to take ownership of it. They determine their own fate.” - @SteveKerr #DubNation pic.twitter.com/kLFVfIK1XW

— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) February 13, 2018

Portland point guard Damian Lillard went for 50 points in a 118-100 win over the Kings on Friday night. He then bucketed 39 on Sunday in a 115-96 setback against the Jazz that snapped a nine-game home winning streak. The Trail Blazers are back in Portland for this meeting against the league’s defending champions, but they have won just two of their last eight meetings against the Warriors at Moda Center.

The chief reason the Trail Blazers are mired in mediocrity is the fact they have two elite talents in the backcourt with Lillard and CJ McCollum but overspent on second-level players such as Allen Crabbe, Maurice Harkless, Meyers Leonard and Evan Turner, costing the team a collective $57 million per annum. The result is a middling group that beats the weak sisters in the league but can’t measure up to the true powerhouses such as Golden State.

The Verdict

The NBA odds board lists the Warriors as 5½- to 6-point favorites and we believe Golden State's starting talent and depth are simply too much even for a pair of top-notch talents such as Lillard and McCollum. Back the visitors in your NBA picks tonight and watch the Warriors roll.

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