The Golden State Warriors (11-14) travel to face off against the Portland Trail Blazers (6-18) on Sunday, December 17th. This game will be played at Moda Center. The Warriors are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Trail Blazers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Nets. Tip-off is set for 9:00 ET.
Warriors vs Trail Blazers
The Warriors Are Coming Off A Win
The Warriors won vs. the Nets in their most recent game, ending with a score of 124-120. The Warriors not only won the game but also covered the spread as -3.5-point favorites. The over/under line for this matchup was set at 234.5 points, and the teams managed to exceed that total.
The Warriors are currently 11-14 overall this season and will be looking to add to their win total against the Trail Blazers. In Western Conference play, the Warriors are 9-12 compared to 2-2 in non-conference games.
Golden State arrives with an ATS record of 10-14 for the season up to this point. This season, Golden State has a 4-10 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 6-4 when playing as underdogs.
The Trail Blazers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Trail Blazers were defeated by the Mavericks in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 131-120. Alongside their straight-up loss, the Trail Blazers couldn’t cover as +5 point underdogs. The over/under line entering this matchup was 233.5 points, and both teams achieved a total score that exceeded that line.
Currently, the Trail Blazers are 6-18 and are looking to end their six game losing streak when they take on the Warriors. As of now, they are ranked 14th in the Western Conference and are 5th in the Northwest division.
Portland’s ATS record is currently below .500 at 11-13 for the season. Portland has covered the spread in two straight road games and are 9-5 ATS on the road compared to 2-8 at home.
Warriors Offense Breakdown
The Warriors come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 115.8 points per game (11th). When looking at the Warriors pace of play, they tend to play an up-tempo style of basketball. So far, the team is in the upper half of the NBA in possessions per game, averaging 99.7. Although the team is playing at an up-tempo speed, they would benefit from scoring with more efficiency, as they are just 25th in the league in overall field goal percentage, at 53%.
Trail Blazers Offense Breakdown
Through 24 games games, Portland is averaging 107.4 points per game (29th). Coming into today’s game, the Trail Blazers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12 made 3’s per game. Not only is the Portland offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 23rd ranked team in made free-throws per contest.
Warriors Team Defense
So far, the Warriors’ defense is ranked 20th in the league at 115.7 points per contest.
In the terms of takeaways, Warriors are causing 15.1 turnovers per game, ranking 27th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 28th in rejections, averaging 3.4 blocked shots each game.
Trail Blazers Team Defense
The Trail Blazers’ defense is presently ranked 17th in the league, allowing an average of 114.4 points per contest.
Inside the arc, the Trail Blazers defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 58.1% and 33.0% from three-point territory.
Key Players For The Warriors And Trail Blazers
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Stephen Curry as the primary point contributor for the Warriors, finishing with 19 points while maintaining a 6/13 shooting accuracy. Throughout this season, his average stands at 29 points per game, along with 4.9 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Anfernee Simons to be the top scorer for the Trail Blazers. Our projection has him finishing the game with 14, and he is expected to secure 2 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 45.2% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 26 points per game.
- Across the Warriors last three road games, the team averaged 121 points per game while allowing 126. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 1-2, while going 0-3 straight-up.
- In their last three home games, Portland has averaged 115 points per game while allowing 120. The team’s record in this stretch was 0-3 while going 2-1.
- In their last five games as the betting underdog, the Trail Blazers have a straight up record of 0-5 and an ATS mark of 2-3.
- Over the team’s last five games as the favorite, the Warriors struggled vs the spread going just 2-3. However, they still had a straight up mark of 4-1.
Warriors vs Trail Blazers Prediction
We’re backing the Warriors for a victory, with the projected score at 110-102. Additionally, we favor them to cover the spread, so we recommend placing a bet on the Warriors at -4.5.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 233.5, and our model projects the Warriors and Trail Blazers to reach a combined total of 212 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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