Damian Lillard Predicts That Blazers Will Shock Warriors In NBA Playoffs
Mills and his teammates start with a best-of-seven-match series against the Memphis Grizzlies, who they should beat without too much trouble. The Warriors and Blazers will have a close first half, before the Warriors go on one of their classic near 40-point quarters and cruise to a win. With Matt Barnes still on the shelf, it's likely going to open up more minutes for the rookie. The Golden State Warriors are allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game.
In an interview after the Blazers' final game of the regular season, Damian Lillard was asked about his thoughts on the Portland-Golden State matchup.
The Warriors won the regular season battle by winning 4 out of 4 games against the Trail Blazers.
The clubs haven't met since January 29, which means the Warriors could very well be seeing a different-looking opponent.
Below are the best five odds now at one of the major sports books for this year's National Basketball Association playoffs. His arrival sparked the lackluster Trail Blazers and he quickly became a fan favorite in Portland.
Game 1 will tip off on Sunday afternoon at 3:30pm EST. "They're better than people think actually".
You probably wouldn't expect a team coming off back-to-back NBA Finals appearances with regular season win totals of 73 and 67, respectively, to make drastic changes to its roster. He is listed as "questionable' for Sunday's game". Nurkic was a difference-maker once he arrived from Denver and played a big role in the playoff push despite eventually winding up with a right leg fracture.
Anyway, Lillard's prediction is way off. Warriors in five. Look for him to toy against a faulty Portland defense. But the Warriors were still by far the best team in the National Basketball Association, and now Kevin Durant is healthy again.
WinnersView.com brings stories and statistics together to make you smarter about the sports and games you love. With the intensity turned up to the max as a result, all eyes will be on how well this team plays and particularly when it comes to the return of Kevin Durant.
Wednesday, April 19: Portland at Golden State, 7:30 p.m.
And I'm going with LeBron James and Cleveland to win yet another championship. "We're going to get swept". Led by NBA Defensive Player of the Year award candidate Draymond Green, the Warriors held their opponents to 101.1 points per 100 possessions - the second best defensive rating in the NBA.
Highlights: The Greatest Show On Hardwood begins its quest for redemption after blowing a 3-1 NBA Finals lead a year ago. Vonleh may have a little more experience and polish, but Diallo has the overall skill set to match and possibly overtake him in this game. So he doesn't blame the Blazers for keeping his availability a secret.
Damian Lillard said Trail Blazers in six (though not seriously). However, either way, this is a lot of points to lay with a Portland team that can light it up.
Staring them down however is the best team in the league by a significant margin.
"Both teams have a lot of the same players from past year, styles of play are similar", Stotts said. That's a long shot, but the star point guard will attempt to gun his team into the second round in an improbable effort against a star-studded Golden State Warriors team - a team expected to three-peat as Western Conference champions.
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