Steph Curry and the top-seeded Golden State Warriors have one goal and one goal only in mind. Winning the 2017 NBA Championship. The Dubs will kick off their postseason run looking to make a statement when they host Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of their first round Western Conference playoff series on Sunday. Now, let’s find out if the Warriors can hold it down at home to get the win and ATS cover.
No. 8 Portland Trail Blazers Vs No. 1 Golden State Warriors NBA Playoff Game 1 Odds & How To Watch
When: Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 3:30 PM ET
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Spread: Golden State -13
The Warriors are whopping 13-point home favorites to beat the Blazers when this game gets underway on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 3:30 PM ET, live from Oracle Arena, in Oakland, California while airing live on ABC.
Why Bet The Portland Trail Blazers Odds at +13
The best reason to bet on Portland in this contest is because the Blazers have one of the best and most competitive backcourts in the league in point guard Damian Lillard (27.0 ppg) and shooting guard C.J. McCollum (23.0 ppg). Not only that, but the Blazers have some momentum going after winning three of their final four regular season games and eight of their last 10 overall. Not only that, but Portland has a trio of other double-digit scorers in Jusuf Nurkic (15.2 ppg), Allen Crabbe (10.7 ppg) and Maurice Harkless (10.0 ppg) and finished the regular season ranked seventh in scoring by putting up 108.0 points per game.
Why Bet The Golden State Warriors Odds at -13
There are a ton of great reasons to back the Warriors in their playoff opener starting with the fact that they they’re on fire, having won 15 of their final 16 regular season games. Then there’s the fact that the Dubs got back Kevin Durant just before the end of the regular season. Combine all that with the fact that the Warriors have the best offense in the league and one of the best defense and it’s easy to see why the Warriors could cover a 13-point spread. Oh damn, did I forget to mention the fact that the Warriors swept the regular season series against Portland 4-0 Well, there’s that too.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Portland is definitely catching Golden State at a bad time right now, but still like the Trail Blazers to find a way to cover the huge spread against the Warriors simply because they have a ton of pride and one of the best clutch postseason performers in the league in Damian Lillard.
Not only that but the Blazers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning straight up record, an identical 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and a bankroll-boosting 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
For all of their on-court excellence, the Golden State Warriors are a surprising 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on three or more days rest and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games against teams from the Northwest Division. Golden State wins, but Portland covers.
My final score prediction is Golden State 117 Portland 107