The Portland Trail Blazers (7-20) travel to face off against the Golden State Warriors (14-14) on Saturday, December 23rd. This game will be played at Chase 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 Wizards. Tip-off is set for 8:30 ET.
Trail Blazers vs Warriors
The Trail Blazers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Trail Blazers were defeated by the Wizards in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 118-117. The Trail Blazers not only lost the game but also failed to cover the spread as -4 point favorites. Considering the over/under, the total of 235 points fell short of the set over/under line of 239.
Coming into their matchup against the Warriors, the Trail Blazers have an overall record of 7-20 and have gone 1-2 in their last three games. In the Western Conference, they are currently 14th and 5th in the Northwest division.
So far, Portland is below .500 in their ATS record, currently standing at 13-14. In their last two road games, Portland has successfully covered the spread, and they hold an ATS record of 9-5 on the road in contrast to 4-9 at home.
The Warriors Are Coming Off A Win
Most recently, the Warriors bested the Wizards with a score of 129-118. Going into the second half the Warriors held the lead at 63-61.
Coming into their game against the Trail Blazers, the Warriors have a chance to get back to .500 with their 14-14 record. Currently, they are in 11th place in the Western Conference and are 5th in the Pacific division.
The Warriors have successfully covered the spread in their last two games and hold an overall ATS record of 12-15. Golden State has covered the spread in three straight home games and are 4-9 ATS at home compared to 8-6 on the road.
Trail Blazers Offense Breakdown
This season, the Portland offense is ranked 29th in the NBA in scoring at 108 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Trail Blazers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.4 per contest. If the Trail Blazers offense is going to turn things around, they will need to either generate more possessions or improve their overall efficiency. Currently, they are just 22nd ranked team in 3-point shooting percentage.
Warriors Offense Breakdown
Heading into play, the Warriors’ offense is rated 11th in the league in scoring, averaging 116.9 points per contest. In terms of pace, the Warriors are one of the top units in the NBA, averaging 99.9 possessions per game. Yet, they are still a below average group in terms of made shots per game. So far, the Warriors are 18th in fields goals made per contest.
Trail Blazers Team Defense
On the defensive side, Trail Blazers is currently hovering around the NBA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 114.3 points per game.
Opponents are hitting 58.1% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 32.9% of their three-point attempts.
Warriors Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Warriors’ defense is giving up an average of 116.1 points per contest.
Golden State’s defense is currently forcing 14.8 turnovers per game, which is 27th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 29th in blocked shots, with an average of 3.4 rejections per game.
Key Players For The Trail Blazers And Warriors
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Anfernee Simons as the primary point contributor for the Trail Blazers, finishing with 17 points while maintaining a 6/12 shooting accuracy. Throughout this season, his average stands at 27.1 points per game, along with 3.1 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Stephen Curry as the leading scorer for the Warriors. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 19 while also collecting 4 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 46.5%, and his scoring average is 28.3 points per game.
Trail Blazers vs Warriors Trends
- When looking at their past ten road matchups, Portland has an ATS record of 7-3 while averaging 109 per game. The team went 2-8 overall in these games.
- Through their last five home games, Golden State has an ATS record of just 2-3. However, their overall record was 1-4 while averaging 119 points per game.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Trail Blazers have gone 7-3 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 3-7.
- In their last five contests as the favorite, Golden State has a poor record vs the spread going 2-3. But, they still put together a straight up mark of 4-1.
For a pick on the point-spread in this Warriors vs. Trail Blazers matchup, our bet is to grab the Trail Blazers at +9. Even though our projections have the Warriors winning 108-104, we see the Trail Blazers as the play on the point-spread.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 232.5, and our model projects the Trail Blazers and Warriors to reach a combined total of 212 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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