The Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors kick off the Western Conference best-of-seven finals with Game 1 on Tuesday night. Game time on ESPN from Oracle Arena is set for 9 p.m.
The Trail Blazers earned the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference and they are also the only NBA team to win a series in the playoffs as underdogs. After eliminating Oklahoma City in five games, they won a seven-game battle against the No. 2 Denver Nuggets with Sunday’s 100-96 victory as 5.5-point road underdogs. The total stayed UNDER 211 points in that game after going OVER in five of the first six games against the Nuggets.
CJ McCollum scored a game-high 37 points in Sunday’s series-clinching win while going 17-for-29 from the field. Damian Lillard was held to 13 points after hitting just three of his 17 shots after leading the team in scoring this postseason with 28.4 points per game. Portland averaged 114.7 PPG in the regular season and 111.2 points through 12 playoff games
Golden State is coming off a pair of 4-2 series wins against the Los Angeles Clippers and the Houston Rockets. It won Game 1 of each of those series straight-up while splitting the victories against the spread. The Warriors are 5-7 ATS in 12 postseason games with a 2-4 record ATS on BetAnySports’ closing spread at home. The total went OVER in four of their last five games against the Rockets.
It looks like Kevin Durant will sit out Tuesday’s series opener with a strained calf. He missed last Friday’s 118-113 victory against Houston to clinch the Warriors’ fifth-straight trip to the conference finals. Stephen Curry scored 33 points and Klay Thompson added 27 more to help fill the void. Durant has been the Warriors’ leading scorer this postseason with 34.2 PPG. His team is averaging 118.1 points.
With Durant out of the lineup, the Trail Blazers should be able to keep pace on the scoreboard in Game 1 to cover with the 7.5-point spread on BetAnySports’ betting board.