Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors, 5/16/19 NBA Predictions

Paola Ditto
Mag 18, 2019

It entered the conference finals in the 2019 NBA Playoffs with a sterling record on its top-rated picks, returning more than $3,000 in profit to anybody following them this season. Instead of showing the Trail Blazers on the pregame graphic, they instead showed the Houston Rockets, Golden State's opponent in the second round.

The Blazers shot just 36.1 percent from the field and 25 percent from deep, and lost the turnover battle 21-14.

"I know it's a tough position for the referees to be in to make a call at that point in the game", Lillard said after the game at the Oracle Arena, as quoted on ESPN.

The Blazers had built a 65-50 halftime lead, capitalizing on 10 Warriors turnovers for 18 points.

Green's layup puts the Warriors up 114-111 with 12 seconds remaining.

- After Portland fails to regain the lead, Stephen Curry and Draymond execute the pick-and-roll to perfection. He finished with 37 points on 11-of-22 shooting and added eight assists, along with eight rebounds. Green has consistently been able to defend 1-5. Golden State also had a great bench effort, with seven different players scoring off the bench.

His contributions were vital to a team that fought to come back and seal a win at home, putting the Blazers at a 2-0 deficit ahead of the road swing of this series.

Kevin Durant has been ruled out of Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trailblazers. "They're definitely not a better team, but they're harder to guard". It's certainly possible behind Lillard and McCollum, but they have been somewhat streaky, especially McCollum. Gone are the isolation and post-up sets that are a big reason Durant has become such a dominating playoff scorer.

"I think we played a awful game and we still had a chance going into the fourth quarter, so we need to tighten some things up and look forward to the game on Thursday", Portland guard CJ McCollum said, per AP.

The bad news for the Warriors is there's no guarantee they can keep up the momentum with Durant sidelined with a calf injury.

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