The Warriors are a machine and they always tune it up come playoff time. They have a different mindset for the playoffs, they are a better team during the playoffs and they know how to equip themselves for the playoff run. The playoffs are a grind and this team has been there, they know what to expect, they know what’s around the next bend in the road. Very few teams in NBA playoff history can lay claim to what the Warriors have experienced over the past decade; winning! Consistently winning.
Game: Golden State Warriors (67-29, 41-54-1 ATS) at Portland Trail Blazers (61-35, 52-43-1 ATS)
When: 9:00 PM ET, Saturday, May 18th, 2019
Where: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
Current Line: POR -2.5 Total: 221.5
TV Coverage: ESPN
Series: GSW 2-0
In the NBA, teams make runs, the Bulls made a run, the Lakers, the Heat, the Pistons, and even the Cavaliers made a run with LeBron. Nobody has made the kind of run the Warriors have made.
Sure the Bulls put together two-threepeats. That was remarkable and a feat of unparallel proportions, however, it was a different era. Now we can argue the strength of era’s until the cows come home but we all know the Bulls had the greatest player of all-time.
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The Pistons had great players and Isiah Thomas, The Lakers had Kobe, and the Heat had Shaq. We know all of the players that were key elements to winning for those great teams. What we haven’t seen is a collective group with the talent level of this Warriors team. They just may be the best ever assembled. If they win their third in a row, the argument is there. Remember the era.
Having said all of those wonderful things about the Warriors, we have to love the Blazers chances tonight. Back in Portland this is a different series, unfortunately for the Blazers they didn’t capitalize on their opportunity in game 2 after going ahead late, that was their window and it’s gone. They will lose this series. We love them tonight.
Look for Portland to feed off the home crowd and to continue their aggressive play. They should have walked away from the bay with a win, they will follow through tonight and get their win. They may not get another in this series but tonight the team will shine.
NBA Playoffs Free Pick: Portland ML -135
Pick by Brad