Tuesday’s playoffs preview provides NBA tips for Game 4 between the Portland Trail Blazers and Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.
11:00 (AEST), Tue 21st May @ Moda Center, Portland
History: Played 241: Trail Blazers 126 V Warriors 115
Last meeting: May 19, 2019: Warriors 110 d Trail Blazers 99 at Moda Center
Final Thoughts: The Golden State Warriors are just one win away from a fifth straight NBA Finals appearance. The Portland Trail Blazers need to pull off a home upset at home in Game 4 to avoid being swept in their first Western Conference Finals appearance since 2000.
The Warriors set the tone early with a 116-94 rout in Game 1, with Steph Curry (36 pts, 7 ast, 6 reb) dominant.
Curry (37 pts, 8 reb, 8 ast) was even more influential as Golden State overturned a 15-point deficit in Game 2 to win 114-111.
The series moved to Portland in Game 3, but it did not provide a reversal of fortunes for the Blazers. The hosts led by 13 at the half but the Warriors powered back to win 110-99. Curry top-scored with 36, while Draymond Green was outstanding with 20 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 steals.
Kevin Durant is still out with a calf injury – but the Warriors don’t need him at present. And while Curry has stepped up big time, Blazers linchpin Damian Lillard is struggling to impose himself on the series.
The Warriors are now 11-1 in playoffs matches against the Blazers. The Blazers’ Game 3 loss came despite winning three of their previous four against the Warriors at home.
Portland went 32-9 at home in the regular season and are 5-2 in these playoffs. The Warriors went 27-14 on the road in the regular season and are 5-2 in the post-season.
Six of the Warriors’ last nine wins have come by eight points or less. Desperation should take the Blazers close – but not enough to send the Conference Finals back to California.