Portland Trailblazers vs Golden State Warriors Dream11 Prediction: Dream11 Fantasy Tips for GSW vs POR | WCF Game 1 as TSR helps you with Dream11
Portland Trailblazers vs Golden State Warriors Match Schedule
Venue: Orace Arena, Bay Area
Start Time: 6:30 AM (IST)
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Portland Trailblazers vs Golden State Warriors Predicted Lineup
|Position||Portland Trailblazers||Golden State Warriors|
|Point Guard||Damian Lillard||Steph Curry|
|Shooting Guard||CJ McCollum||Klay Thompson|
|Small Forward||Mo Harkless||Andre Iguodala|
|Power Forward||Al-Farouq Aminu||Draymond Green|
|Center||Enes Kanter||Andrew Bogut/Kevon Looney|
Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals bring an intriguing prospect. Portland Trailblazers who have always been a thorn in the path of the Golden State Warriors are back in their way on to the NBA Finals. TO be fair, Portland has always been a hurdle, but its one that Golden State has always managed to get over with some light effort. But this year the dynamics are slightly different with the Warriors bench being weaker and the absence of the Kevin Durant for at least the 1st two games of the series. On the other hand, the Blazers will finally go up against a team lacking a dominating big man after facing Steven Adams and Nikola Jokic in the first two rounds, without their injured big man Jusuf Nurkic.
Warriors saw their entire squad step up for 5 quarters without Kevin Durant and sealed the 2nd round series against the Houston Rockets in just 6 games, the same number that the Clippers, who had rookies Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Landry Shamet starting for them, pushed the Warriors (with KD) to. Warriors need Steph Curry and Klay Thompson to continue their exploits to beat the Blazers who have a much deeper bench, while the bench that showed out in game 6 against the Rockets, can not fall below the standards they have now set themselves.
With Kevin Durant ruled out for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals vs the Trail Blazers…should the Warriors be worried?
Well, Golden State has won 27 of their last 28 games that Kevin Durant has sat & Stephen Curry has played. Curry averages 27.9 PPG in those games. pic.twitter.com/VTITtz82wr
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 14, 2019
For the Blazers, Rodney Hood remains questionable for game 1 after suffering a hyper-extended knee in game 6 against the Nuggets on Monday. Durant will be reevaluated on Thursday meaning he stays out game 1 and most likely game 2 as well. Jusuf Nurkic and DeMarcus Cousins remain long term absentees, though there are rumblings that Cousins may be back before the end of this WCF series.
Portland Trailblazers vs Golden State Warriors Dream 11 Prediciton :
Steph Curry is averaging 24.3 points per game in the playoffs but he is coming off a 23 point 4th quarter against the Rockets where he finally seemed to find his shot that he hadn’t found all playoff long, barring game 1 against the Clippers. Also with each passing day he gets further and further removed from this dislocated finger and the more comfortable he gets, the better he dribbles and better he shoots. So Curry might be a real problem for the Nuggets if he continues to stay hot.
The other splash brother Klay Thompson has also stepped up massively in the last two games, being single handedly responsible for keeping he Warriors in the game 5 and 6 in the first halves when Curry has been awful. Thompson keeps looking aggressively for his shot and with 2 of the greatest all time shooters in the league playing together without Durant, they are bound to score and score big.
Draymond Green is the one man who has enjoyed playing against the Blazers the most. He has an average of 2.9 blocks per game against the Blazers in the last 10 matchups and enjoys the challenge of guarding Lillard and McCollum (other being guarded by Thompson). Draymond has been putting great numbers these playoffs with 13.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, 8.1 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.3 blocks per game for the playoffs. Those numbers came against teams with better big men than Portland’s Enes Kanter, so Draymond might only get better this series.
For Portland Damian Lillard needs to find his shot and find it fast. CJ McCollum scored often and efficiently to bail Portland out on nights when Lillard just couldn’t find his range, but against the Warriors tandem of Thompson, Curry, Green and Iguodala (who is shooting magnificently from the 3), McCollum will not be enough by himself. Green and Thompson will defend Lillard and McCollum and that is one tough match-up for either player despite how great scorers they are. If both of them don’t have good days together, their bench doesn’t have enough scoring power, especially with Hood questionable to play the first game.
McCollum, though he might not get very good looks from mid range in this series, will still be a factor, after finishing the series that hot. His form is fantastic and he might be the guy Warriors will look to stop to put pressure on Portland’s offense.
Zach Collins, if he starts at PF or comes off the bench to relieve Enes Kanter will be crucial this series. Warriors are playing with Draymond Green as their biggest guy during most possession in these playoffs and Kanter is a watered down version of Clint Capela who the Warriors wiped off the floor with their style of play and ball movement that had little need for a big man posted up inside. You would think a big man in the post on offense would be a good plan agains the Warriors, but Draymond and Iguodala defend the paint well and in offense an immobile big man often causes mismatches that Curry and Thompson exploit unceasingly. That is where Zach Collins ability to switch, block and score from outside will be a big factor in this series.
Other players in form:
Evan Turner had a solid game 7 and scored 10 points in the final quarter and made a lot of great plays which directly resulted in the lead that Portland built up. With Warriors playing small ball, Turner at 4 might be the best chance Portland has of matching the Warriors creativity on offense.
Andre Iguodala couldn’t shoot the ball last season. He would be left wide open and clang his 3s, but somehow he is shooing the 3 ball better than he ever has as a 35 year old and his 5-8 shooting against Rockets in game 6 caused CP3 to rotate over to him leaving Thompson open for a shot that might have sealed that game and the series.
Kevon Looney might not start a lot of games, but he plays a lot more minutes than Bogut does. He doesn’t look like a big defensive presence, but he is a very smart defender and impacts the game in a lot of ways. He also plays within the offense and gets good points for it, thanks to the Warriors ball movement.
- Draymond Green
- Steph Curry
- CJ McCollum