#1 Golden State Warriors vs. #3 Portland Trail Blazers
- The regular season series was tied 2-2.
- Each team won in a blowout, each team won in a close game.
- The home/road games were split, each team winning one at home and one on the road
After getting swept in the playoffs last year, without their best big man, the Portland Trail Blazers have fought their way into the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors.
The Trail Blazers/Nuggets series was the best series of these playoff so far. The Nuggets were the best team at home this year, and somehow the Trail Blazers managed to beat them at home in a Game 7.
The big story in this series is Kevin Durant and when he’ll be back, if it all. It’s been reported the injury is a two to four week injury. If that’s the case, maybe he’ll be back if this series reaches six or seven games.
If Durant is out all series, the Warriors are still going to win. The Trail Blazers do match-up well with the Warriors in the back-court. These teams are very similar in that their two best players are their guards. The difference is that third and fourth guys on the team. I trust Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala more than I trust guys like Enes Kanter, Al-Farouq Aminu, and Maurice Harkless. On the other hand, the Trail Blazers are probably a deeper team than the Warriors are.
The Warriors just have something about them. Steph Curry had zero points at half in Game 6 against the Rockets, a better team than the Trail Blazers, and somehow they were tied. If Damian Lillard or CJ McCollum score zero in a half against the Warriors, they’ll be toasted in that game. The Trail Blazers don’t have the guys, coaching, offensive game-plan to be able to handle their best player doing jack shit.
I believe McCollum and Lillard will have to average around 60 PPG for the Trail Blazers to have any kind of chance. If they can hit that mark every game, I can see this going seven games. Let’s be honest here, the Warriors lost two to the Clippers in the first round. I feel like the Trail Blazers are going to win game one or two because the Warriors are going to try and cruise by.
Pick: I’ll take the Warriors to win in 6 games. I think the Trailblazers will steal a game on the road and push this to 6 but the Warriors will prove to just be too much for them. Warriors make it back to the NBA Finals for the fifth consecutive year.
- Game 1: Tuesday May 14, Portland at Golden State, 9 ET, ESPN
- Game 2: Thursday May 16, Portland at Golden State, 9 ET, ESPN
- Game 3: Saturday May 18, Golden State at Portland, 9 ET, ESPN
- Game 4: Monday May 20, Golden State at Portland, 9 ET, ESPN
- Game 5: Wednesday May 22, Portland at Golden State, 9 ET, ESPN
- Game 6: Friday May 24, Golden State at Portland, 9 ET, ESPN
- Game 7: Sunday May 26, Portland at Golden State, 9 ET, ESPN