Portland will hope to get off to a better start in Game 2. They kept it close for much of the first half of Game 1, but at no point were they able to keep Steph at bay. And in the rare times he was ineffective, Klay was out there splashing. They have work to do, seriously.
No changes need to be made for this Warriors team. When Durant isn’t playing, they only need their backcourt to fire up open looks whenever they come about, very reminiscent of their 73-win squad. The bench has come in and done a nice job in his place, with the minutes being filled by committee.
The Golden State Warriors are -7.5 point favorites to win Game 2, with the over/under set at 218.
Blazers Must Play Better
After failing to meet their expectations in Game 1, Portland is looking for a quick bounce-back. This is the third time in four years that they have met GS in the postseason. They lost in five games in the conference semis in 2016, and they were swept in the first round in 2017. And here they are once again, down 1-0 for the third time. Something that didn’t happen last game was Zach Collins making any non-dunk shots, which they could have used. Seth Curry was missing jumper after jumper, while Al-Farouq Aminu was once more a major offensive liability.
Enes Kanter led a tremendous rebounding effort, on a night where they created 16 second-chance opportunities for themselves. This is something they will look to continue, as that was what was keeping them in the game, along with foul shooting. None of their shots were dropping from the floor, but the charity stripe was a different story. They’ll look for CJ to step up.
Warriors Show Their Depth
If you look at the stats of the Warriors reserve, the numbers won’t jump off the page individually. But when you look at it from a “KD is out” perspective and put them together, they add up. Quinn Cook hit two threes in the 4Q and scored eight, while Jerebko scored nine. Jordan Bell knocked down a jumper in the fourth, while Alfonzo McKinnie banked in a three during a key stretch of the game. When Steph and Klay weren’t torching their opposition, that was the case, key players making it happen.
If they hope to continue the same success for this contest, it has to start from the tip. Steph made nine threes, but it was Klay who got going early. Both of them will look to keep the same pace, with Draymond and Iguodala setting screens and finding them with good scoring opportunities. That backcourt is one of the greatest of all-time, and they will be looking to remind the world of that fact again.
Warriors take Game 2
Folks, make sure that you bet GS -7.5! Dub Nation is going to take the win and go in front 2-0. They improved to 18-1 during series openers under Steve Kerr last time out, and they have lost only once when up 2-0. To the 2016 Cavs.
Free Pick: GS -7.5
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