Two Western Conference rivals, the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors are set to face off on Tuesday night at Chase Center. The Trail Blazers come into this game after a victory against the Houston Rockets, while the Warriors have won two games in a row. With both teams fighting for a playoff spot, this game promises to be a closely contested affair.
The Trail Blazers have a few players listed as out for Tuesday’s game against the Warriors. Center Jusuf Nurkic and forward Justise Winslow are out with calf and ankle injuries, respectively. Guard Ryan Arcidiacono will also be out with a back injury. Anfernee Simons is progressing in his recovery but remains without a timetable for a return.
Meanwhile, the Warriors will be without small forward Andrew Wiggins for personal reasons, while point guard Stephen Curry continues to be out with a lower leg injury. In addition, forward Andre Iguodala has been ruled out with a hip injury, while guard Gary Payton II is still recovering from a core muscle injury.
Despite the injuries, both teams have shown they can score points on the board. The Trail Blazers have an explosive offense led by Damian Lillard, while the Warriors have a dynamic backcourt in the form of Kelly Oubre Jr. and Jordan Poole.
Our prediction for this game is a high-scoring affair, with the Trail Blazers coming out on top with a score of 130-122. Portland’s offense has been clicking lately, and we believe they will continue to score at will against the Warriors’ depleted defense.
The moneyline is in favor of the Trail Blazers, who are considered the underdogs in this matchup. While the Warriors have home-court advantage, the absence of key players such as Wiggins and Curry makes it difficult to bet against the Trail Blazers, who are coming off a win against the Rockets.
Against The Spread
We recommend passing on the spread for this game. While the Warriors have performed well against the spread in their last few games, the Trail Blazers have a poor record against the spread in their previous 39 encounters in Golden State.
Additionally, with both teams missing key players, it is difficult to predict the outcome of this game with confidence.
Our pick for the over/under is OVER 235.5.
The Trail Blazers have been involved in high-scoring games lately, with OVER hitting in five of their last six games. Meanwhile, the Warriors have a potent offense that averages 118.3 points per game, which ranks second in the NBA.
With both teams missing key defenders, we expect this game to be a shootout with plenty of points scored on both ends of the court.