Portland Trail Blazers (10-9) vs. Golden State Warriors (16-2)
The Golden State Warriors are looking for the sixth consecutive win when they host the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday. Also, the Warriors seek for their tenth home win in a row as they face one of the worst road teams in the NBA. Portland had a chance to record an away win in Sacramento on Wednesday, but the Kings edged them in a close game. Golden State will conclude its three-game homestand before they hit the road for the next two games.
These Western Conference rivals will face for the first time this season. They met on three occasions last year and Portland won two of those games, including one at the Chase Center. This game will tip-off at 10 PM ET on Friday, November 26.
Blazers fell short in SacramentoThe Portland Trail Blazers were on the verge of recording their fifth straight victory, but the Sacramento Kings managed to win 125-121 in a close encounter. Portland’s woes on the road continued as they now stand at a 1-8, while the Blazers failed to cover a -3.5 spread and now have an 8-11 ATS record.
Portland’s defense was very lenient in a loss to Sacramento as it allowed 52.3% from the field. The Blazers had a fragile lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Kings took over and maintained their lead to secure a victory.
Damian Lillard led the Blazers with a double-double of 32 points and game-high ten assists, along with six rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic dominated the interior with a double-double of 28 points and game-high 17 boards, along with five dishes. Norman Powell added 22 points, Nassir Little scored 16, while CJ McCollum ended the game with 13 points, six dimes, and five rebounds. Anfernee Simons is questionable to face the Warriors on Friday due to an illness.
The Blazers have the 5th best offense in the NBA that is scoring 110.9 points per game, while they are 8th in assists with 23.8 per contest. Portland’s defense is 23rd in the league with 109.6 points allowed to the opponents.
Warriors came from behind to beat the SixersThe Golden State Warriors booked a comfortable 116-96 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, but it was harder than the result is suggesting. The Sixers had a nine-point lead at halftime and were close in the third before the Warriors destroyed them in the final 12 minutes. Steve Kerr’s side covered a -10 spread, which was the fifth game in a row that they covered, and the Warriors are now at a 13-4-1 ATS record.
Golden State shot over 50.0% from the floor (52.5%) and hit 15 triples opposite Philadelphia’s eight. Stephen Curry led the team with a double-double of 25 points and game-high ten assists, along with four rebounds. Andrew Wiggins contributed 19 points and six boards, Jordan Poole had 17 points, six dimes, and five rebounds, while Juan Toscano-Anderson scored 13 points with six rebounds and six assists. Klay Thompson (Achilles) and James Wiseman (knee) are out indefinitely, while Andre Iguodala (knee) is questionable to play Portland.
The Warriors have the best offense in the NBA that averages 114.3 points per game, while they are in the top 5 in field goal percentage (47.7%), three-points (36.7%), and rebounds (47.2). Golden State is the best in assists with 29.4 per night. They also have the league’s best defense that is allowing 100.8 points per contest, while they are in the top 5 in all the other defensive categories. Only the Raptors (9.8) are better in steals (9.7).
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Warriors have been the best team in the NBA not only in overall rankings but also in the ATS rankings as they have an impressive 13-4-1 record. Golden State is 8-2-1 ATS at home, while Portland is one of the worst road teams in the league with a 1-8 ATS away record. Although we saw improvement in Portland’s game, they are still struggling on the road, which was evident in the most recent loss to the Kings. Stephen Curry was pretty silent in the last couple of games, considering his standards, and I am backing him to have a big night on Friday. Go with the Warriors to cover one more time.
Full-Game Total Pick
I expect to see a classic shootout between Curry and in-form Damian Lillard, who finally found his groove following a slow start of the season. Portland’s games have been pretty efficient of late when we talk about points on each side, and although the Blazers’ offense is not very effective on the road this season, I am backing them to hit triple digits here. In the last ten H2H encounters, we had six games that went Over. Golden State has the best offense and best defense in the league, but even the best can have a day off at the office, so I am backing Portland to score enough points to help us win this Over bet.