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Trail Blazers vs Warriors NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Portland Trail Blazers at Golden State Warriors
- Where: San Francisco at Chase Center
- Date: Friday, December 30th
- Betting Odds GS +2.5, POR -138 | GS +116 O/U 231.5
So far, the Trail Blazers have put together an overall record of 18-16, while going 21-13-0 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 1-2 straight-up and 1-2 vs the spread.
In their previous game, the Trail Blazers took down the Hornets by a score of 124-113. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 5 point favorites. Portland actually trailed the Hornets by 6 before putting themselves on top with a strong 3rd quarter performance. Going into the final period, the team led by 6. Leading the team in scoring was Jerami Grant, as he contributed 32 points while hitting 63.2% of his shots.
So far, the Warriors have put together an overall record of 18-18, while going 16-19-1 vs the spread. Against the Trail Blazers, the Warriors are looking to add to their current 3 game winning streak. The average margin of victory across these matchups is 8.0.
The Warriors are coming off a 112-107 win over the Jazz. This win came despite entering the game as the 4 point underdogs. Golden State pulled out the win despite trailing by 5 going into halftime. The team did not put a dent in this deficit in the 3rd quarter, but put together a strong comeback effort in the 4th. Leading the team in scoring was Jordan Poole, as he contributed 26 points while hitting 31.8% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
Going back to last season, the Warriors took the season series 3-0. This mark came while posting a mark of 2-0 as the host team. Last year, the Trail Blazers saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Warriors, averaging 97.33 points per game. As for Portland, they actually improved their points per game numbers in head-to-head matchups, averaging 118.0 points per contest against the Warriors. Across the previous 5 meetings between the teams, the Warriors have an average scoring margin of +15 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 3-2. A combined average of 223 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 1-3-1.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 34 games, the Trail Blazers are averaging 112.3 points per contest, placing them 18th in the NBA. One area that the Portland offense is finding success, is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, the team is averaging 18.9 made free-throws per contest. If the Trail Blazers offense is going to improve, they could look to play at a faster tempo, as they currently average just 97.2 possession per game. This could benefit the team as they are currently one of the better 3-point shooting units in the NBA.
On defense, the Trail Blazers will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 27th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
On offense, Anfernee Simons leads the Trail Blazers in scoring at 22.4 points per game, placing him 29th in the NBA. Overall, Simons has hit 43.9% of his shots while accounting for 21.4% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 13th in points allowed to shooting guards. At 22.1 points per game, Jerami Grant is the 2nd leading scorer for the Trail Blazers. For the season, he is 83rd in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 48.4%.
Golden State will look to continue with their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 116.4 points per game (5th). So far, Golden State is averaging 102.1 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. However, they have not been able to pair this up-tempo speed with overall scoring efficiency, as they are just 13th in made field goals per game.
Against the Trail Blazers, the Warriors will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 3rd ranked unit at 105.46 points per game.
Golden State will be counting Jordan Poole to put together a strong scoring performance vs the Portland, as Stephen Curry has been ruled out for today’s game. So far, Curry leads the team in scoring at 30.0 points per game. Poole is 2nd on the team at 19.8 points per contest, which sits 53.0th in the NBA. In his 36 games, he has hit 42.7% of his field goal attempts, and is grabbing 2.2 rebounds per game.
Trail Blazers vs Warriors Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Trail Blazers -2.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 231.5
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