Golden State (63-15) and Portland (51-27) are both in the playoffs in the West and this game is really meaningless in the grand scheme of things, but it’ll still be a great between with lots of superstars.
I expect a lot of points, just like what happened in the last H2H meeting. These teams have played each other twice and the Warriors are 2-0 (2-0 ATS), while the over/under is split at 1-1.
The first game only had 185 points, but the last game, which was last month, ended with 230 points. I’d be happy with something in between those totals and I expect this game to surpass 210+ points.
We have two of the highest scoring teams in the NBA, as the Warriors rank 1st in points scored with 109.6 PPG and the Trail Blazers rank 10th in points scored with 102.8 PPG.
Both teams are allowing close to 100 PPG too. Portland gives up 98.0 PPG (10th) and Golden State gives up 99.3 PPG (14th). In a meaningless game like this the offenses generally produce at a high rate.
Stephen Curry has scored 24+ points in nine of his last ten games. Other GSW players haven’t been nearly as consistent, but the Warriors have scored 100+ points in 15 of their last 16 games.
Damian Lillard is fresh off a 36-point performance against the Nets and LaMarcus Aldridge has been his normal consistent self. Wesley Matthews is the only player expected to miss this match-up.
These are the only two NBA games tonight, but like every Thursday, these two match-ups will both be nationally televised on TNT. Get the best odds on the two games above, along with my free picks.
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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