Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors Pick – NBA January 1, 2021

The Portland Trail Blazers stay on the west coast for a meeting with the Golden State Warriors on Friday night. They’ve been in the area since beating the LA Lakers on Monday. That was an impressive display by the Trail Blazers, as they upset the Lakers, 115-107. Does the win tell the whole picture, though? In other words, did they win because they’re a better team than the Lakers.

I think the fact that Lebron James was playing on a bum ankle had something to do with it. Anthony Davis was just returning from a calf injury in that game as well. Don’t get me wrong, the Trail Blazers have talent, and I respect the $100,000 bet that Charles Barkley made live on the air, but it’s hard to see them winning a seven-game series against the Lakers. I could be wrong, though, so we’ll see how things play out in the playoffs.

The Trail Blazers aren’t going anywhere following this game. They will stay right here and play the Warriors on Sunday night. Then the Trail Blazers will finally head home to welcome the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night. The Warriors are coming off a 116 win over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday. They were down in that game and playing sloppy basketball in the first half. The Warriors outscored the Pistons 39-30 in the fourth quarter to take control.

That would not have been a good look for the Warriors to lose against the winless Pistons, but their offense can get hot at any moment and that’s what happened in the second half. The Warriors also got hot against the Chicago Bulls preceding their win against the Pistons. They scored 129 points in a 129-128 win over the Bulls. Probably much too close for Warriors’ fans, but they are back to even after opening the season at 0-2 with losses versus the Nets and Bucks. Head below for our free Trail Blazers vs. Warriors pick for January 1, 2021.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors NBA Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • Trail Blazers -4 (-110)
  • Warriors +4 (-110)
Moneyline:

  • Trail Blazers -170
  • Warriors +150
Total:

  • Over 231.5 (-110)
  • Under 231.5 (-110)

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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors Prediction:

The Warriors could get a big lift on the court tonight against the Trail Blazers. How the Warriors look with Draymond Green back is going to tell us a lot about this team. Because right now, the Warriors aren’t a championship caliber team. Steph Curry is not carrying the weight on his shoulders alone.

He’s one of the best players in the NBA, but it’s not happening. Andrew Wiggins is going to get hot some nights, but is one of the more inconsistent players in the league. Curry needs an in shape Draymond to return to the lineup for the Warriors to have any chance.

The defense has fallen off the rails to open the 2020-21 campaign. They’ve gotten torched for an average of 124.3 points per game. Green’s return to the floor is going to help the defense out immensely. However, what can we expect from him in his first game back? I doubt Green is going to be ready to grind defensively in the paint, at least at the level we’re used to from him.

Nevertheless, Green should be good to knock down some shots and provide the offense with a lift. The offense has been mediocre with an average of 110.8 points scored per game going into Friday night. They can be much better than that, and we saw it against the Bulls when they scored 129 points, and 68 points in the second half against the Pistons.

The Trail Blazers and Warriors have gotten into high-scoring games in past matchups. That has been the case dating back to four games ago. The Trail Blazers and Warriors have gone OVER the total in four straight games. They’ve netted an average of 254.5 points a game in those four meetings. I’m on the OVER in what should be an entertaining contest at the Chase Center.

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The Bet
OVER 231.5
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