- Portland have a lot to catch up on in Game 2
- Kevin Durant to miss the home game
- Blazers given poorer chances to beat the Warriors
The Golden State Warriors will face off with Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday, May 16 in Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference Finals Series. Here are our GSW vs Blazers predictions for the game
GSW Predictions – Are They Better Without Durant?
Since Kevin Durant got injured in Game 5 against the Houston Rockets in the semi-finals, analysts have been reiterating the same sentiment – the Golden State Warriors cannot win without Durant.
A resurgent Stephen Curry may have changed a few opinions. Curry helped seal Game 6 against the Rockets, but he also shined in the game versus the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Warriors pried away a decisive 116-94 victory against Portland and are now headed to the Oracle Arena, Oakland, California, to meet the GSW on their home court. Despite the overall score, the Blazers didn’t play half bad.
|GSW vs Trail Blazers– Game 2 Betting Odds|
|GSW||-7.5 (-115)||-340||U 218.5( -110)|
|Trail Blazers||+7.5 (-105)||+270||O 218.5( -110)|
Portland has shown a lot of heart, fielding Enes Kanter to pick up the pace for a missing Jusuf Nurkic. Meanwhile, Kevin Durant has been confirmed to miss out the second game against Portland.
Kevin Durant Is Out, Are the GSW Stronger Without Him?
Now that the initial panic of Durant’s going AWOL has subsided, people are finally asking themselves – are the Warriors having a better time without him? It doesn’t look like the GSW have fielded an unstoppable player, but they seem to come together better as a team, knowing that they only have themselves to fully rely on.
Curry averages 25 points now, which is not bad. He added 5 assists to his name in Game 1, making a good showing in a decisive game and helping his team secure an important advantage. The Warriors have also won all of their last five home games, which gives them a very good outlook in today’s game.
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Lastly, Curry did make it very difficult for Portland to actually guard him, breaking into the field and successfully sealing attack after an attack.
Can Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum Respond?
It is fair to say that McCollum and Lillard are doing their jobs well enough. Averaging 24.9 and 27.7 points a game,Portland’s MVPs are already better stats-wise than what the GSW have to throw at them.
However, it’s hardly just about who scores the most points, and Portland know that now. Lillard definitely didn’t have his finest moments in Game 1, and if he wants his team to win, he will have to quick his pace.
Despite the heart-breaking advantage the GSW amassed, Portland did catch up within 6 points of the Warriors, but couldn’t push past that. The Blazers have a tough task ahead of them and one that is not very likely to end successfully.
GSW vs Portland Blazers Game 2: Time, Date, Venue
- Date: Thursday, May 16
- Time: 9 PM ET
- Location: Oracle Arena, Oakland
- Broadcast: ESPN