The short-handed Portland Trail Blazers will look to pull off an unlikely upset at the Chase Center on Wednesday night. They will be without starting guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum for this one.
The Trail Blazers are hoping to have Lillard back on Sunday against the Minnesota Timberwolves back home in Portland. However, he will be unavailable to go this evening, along with McCollum who is dealing with a collapsed lung.
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum has a pneumothorax (collapsed right lung), the team announced today.
He did not travel with the team for Wednesday's game at Golden State. pic.twitter.com/T6QI0JukQe
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 8, 2021
His outlook for a return is still TBD. Just don’t expect McCollum back on the floor in the immediate future. The Trail Blazers are lucky that Lillard will be able to get back on the floor soon, though.
They won’t be able to survive for the long-term without Lillard and McCollum absent from the lineup. It’s going to be difficult short-term, and the Blazers are in a position where they can’t afford to get much further behind.
Portland is going into tonight with a record of 11-14 and on a three-game losing streak. They have losses in six of their previous seven outings going into the Bay Area.
There just doesn’t seem to be much confidence with this team at the moment. Let’s forget about the injuries for a second. Even when healthy, the Trail Blazers have just been kind of going through the motions.
SC30 is closing in on NBA history. pic.twitter.com/19FHQkfzMf
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) December 8, 2021
Golden State is coming off a 126-95 win over the Orlando Magic after a disappointing effort in a 112-107 loss to the Spurs. The Warriors were coming off a huge 118-96 win over the Suns the night before and weren’t interested.
The Warriors are back on track and looking good going into Wednesday night. We’ll see how much Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins can take advantage of the Blazers without Lillard and McCollum. Head below for our free Trail Blazers vs. Warriors pick on December 8, 2021.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of BetUS:
|Portland Trail Blazers||+14 (-110)||+750||Over 215.5 (-110)|
|Golden State Warriors||-14 (-110)||-1200||Under 215.5 (-110)|
|Team Data||Portland Trail Blazers||Golden State Warriors|
|Points Per Game||108.7||113.6|
|Points Against Per Game||111.3||100.6|
|Field Goal %||45.4||47.6|
|Three Point %||34.9||37.6|
Trail Blazers vs. Warriors Prediction:
The Trail Blazers have been struggling mightily even with a healthy lineup on the floor. They need a better effort defensively if this is going to work in 2021-22. If not, Portland isn’t going to see the playoffs at this rate.
They are 26th with 111.3 points scored per game, with their biggest issue defending the perimeter. How do you think that’s going to work without both starting guards on the floor versus a team like the Warriors?
The Trail Blazers are 29th with teams shooting 47.6% from the field, and a 38.6% three-point percentage for 30th in the NBA.
For a team like the Warriors that can spray from anywhere on the floor, this looks like a total mismatch. Golden State is second in the league with a field goal percentage of 47.6%. They are third with 113.6 points per game.
Portland is not going to want to chase around Steph and company for 4 quarters tonight. The personnel aren’t there to do it effectively.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Trends:
- 0-9 ATS in their previous nine games as an underdog
- 0-8 ATS in their previous eight games versus a team with a winning record at home
- 1-12 ATS in their previous 13 games on the road
- 1-5 ATS in their previous six games after a double-digit loss at home
- 1-4 ATS in their previous five games after failing to cover the spread
- 23-6-1 ATS in their previous 30 games
- 20-6-1 ATS in their previous 27 games as a favorite at the Chase Center
- 16-5-1 ATS in their previous 22 games after covering the spread
- 34-16-1 ATS in their previous 51 games at the Chase Center
- 10-3-1 ATS in their previous 14 game after a win by double digits
The Warriors should be able to run circles around the Blazers if they’re interested in this one. If they wanted to pull away from the Blazers with their defense, they are capable of doing that much.
Golden State is leading the NBA with 100.6 points against per game. Teams are shooting just 42.4% and 32.4% from three versus the Warriors. I don’t have the most faith in Portland being able to keep up without Lillard and McCollum.
The Trail Blazers have been terrible covering the spread on the road. In their last 13 attempts, they’ve covered just one game. This is a lot of points for an NBA game, but it looks like another failure against the spread for the Blazers.
I like Golden State to pull away and stay there for a 125-106 win at the Chase Center this evening.