Date/Time: 11-23-2018, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Golden State Warriors -2
The second and the third-best squads of the Western Conference are clashing tonight, when the 2nd Portland Trail Blazers are visiting the defending champions and tied in the 3rd place Golden State Warriors, who are struggling without Steph Curry and having won only once in their last six matches.
Blazers are 12-6 so far in the league and are sitting on the 2nd place of the Western Conference. In their latest matchup they saw a 2-game victory streak end with a road defeat by Milwaukee, 100-143. Warriors are 12-7 so far in the league and are tied with 2 more squads in the 3rd place of the Western Conference. They are 1-5 in their last 6 games and in their latest matchup they got defeated by Oklahoma at home, 95-123.
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Those two teams met 3 times last year, with Portland leading 2-1 wins and each team won at home (Golden State won by 7 points). Golden State are 8-2 at home so far, while Portland are 5-4 on the road. Golden State have a better offense with 115.4 ppg to Portland’s 114.2 ppg, while Portland have a better defense, allowing 110.2 ppg to Golden State’s 111.1. Golden State have a better accuracy both from the field, shooting with 49.2% to Portland’s 45.5% and from behind the arc, shooting with 38.3% to Portland’s 35.8%. Warriors also dish more assists per game (28.2 to 20.5), while Portland grab more rebounds (50.4 to 45.5) and both squads are almost equal in turnovers committed (14.4 to 14.6). The defending champions are extremely ineffective without their star player, so pick Portland for the win in this game.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Golden State Warriors Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers +2 (-111)