Portland vs Golden State NBA Playoffs Game 5 Spread Preview
Ho-hum….another game…another record-setting performance from two-time league MVP Steph Curry! After leading the Warriors to a stunning (just ask Paul Allen) 132-125 overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinals on Monday night, Curry and his band of merry mates will look to finish off the Blazers and their own electrifying point guard, Damian Lillard in Game 5 on Wednesday. Now, let’s find out if the Warriors will get the win and cover the NBA betting lines spread.
How To Bet The Trail Blazers @ Warriors NBA Playoffs Odds, TV & Game Info
Why Bet the Portland Trail Blazers
The best reason to bet on the Portland Trail Blazers (49-43 SU, 48-44 ATS, 49-43 O/U) in this contest is the fact that they have absolutely no quit in them whatsoever! Sure, the Blazers were overwhelmed by Steph Curry in overtime of their Game 4 loss, but they showed once again that they have some serious fight in them. Damian Lillard put up 36 points in the defeat while backcourt partner C.J. McCollum added 24 points and Al-Farouq Aminu, 18 points.
“We want to go out there and make sure they respect us, make sure they understand it’s not going to be what everybody thinks it’s going to be,” Lillard said. “It’s not going to be no rolling over, it’s not going to be no out here being scared, it’s not going to be any of that.”
Why Bet the Golden State Warriors
There are several reasons why the Golden State Warriors (80-11 SU, 51-37 ATS, 48-42 O/U) are a great pick to win Game 5 and close out the Portland Trail Blazers. First, they’re playing at home. Second, they have Steph Curry back and third, they want to get as much rest for Curry as possible prior to their Western Conference Finals matchup against either Oklahoma City or San Antonio.As a matter of fact, emotional power forward Draymond Green said that he ‘believes’ the Blazers are basically done.
“Do I think they’re done? Of course I think they’re done,” Green said following Game 4. “If I don’t think they’re done, I don’t know who else is going to think it,” he added. “We’re going home with a 3-1 lead. It’s up to us to close it out. And I trust my teammates, I trust our team to come out ready to go and close this series out. Of course I think they’re done. It’s time for us to close the series. We did what we needed to do; we came on the road and got one win. We took care of home court. Now it’s time for us to do it again.”
The Warriors were lifted to victory as Curry scored a league-record 17 points in overtime to almost single-handedly dispatch the feisty Blazers en route to a game-high 40 points despite coming off the bench. Shooting guard Klay Thompson added 23 points in the win while Green chipped in 21 points, nine rebounds, five assists and a game-altering seven blacked shots.
“I am back!” Curry shouted on the court after draining one three-pointer in overtime.”I love this game and I love playing and love competing,” Curry said. “Really, really missed being out there with my teammates. And to help get a win tonight in that kind of fashion, that was a good feeling in that moment to be back on the floor and playing.”
My Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
While the Blazers should undeniably be commended for their tenacity this season, I have no doubt that Golden State will win this contest, though covering the spread may be a bit difficult. With the Dubs being favored by 9.5 and 9.0 points in Games 1 and 2, I expect the Warriors to be favored by approximately 11.0 points in Game 5.
The good news for Dub Nation betting backers is that Golden State has gone 9-1 SU and a blistering 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite of eight points or more, including 7-0 ATS in their last seven such games. “It took me awhile to get back in the flow,” Curry said.
Unfortunately for Portland, the now, two-time league MVP has clearly found his mojo and that means the Blazers will be going on vacation following a Game 5 loss.
My Final score prediction: Golden State 120 Portland 105