Warriors prohibitive favorites vs. visiting Trail Blazers

Of course, Damian Lillard thinks the Portland Trail Blazers can beat the Golden State Warriors. "We're coming in there to try and shock the world", Lillard said, per The Oregonian. The Warriors and the Trail Blazers could go blow to blow on the offensive end, but Golden State is an elite defensive team, too.

When Steph Curry met the Blazers in November he scored 23 of his 28 points in the third quarter, so will be looking to reignite that form when the two teams meet this Sunday. A team the Dubs have owned over the past three seasons. This week on 16 April the Golden State Warriors will host the Portland Trail Blazers on BT Sport 1. They now hold a two games to one lead on the Blazers in this campaign.

Portland continues to be one of the best scoring teams in the National Basketball Association. "It was one of those weird bounces, we looked at in on replay like 10 times and we still don't know what happened". This could come as both a positive and negative for each franchise, as they are trying hard to get a full and healthy roster for later in the National Basketball Association playoffs schedule.

The Western Conference futures board, from the top down, consists of the Warriors (-250), Spurs (+300) and Rockets (+750). Portland center Jusuf Nurkic was listed as questionable Saturday after he missed the last seven games with a non-displaced fracture in his right leg.

Trail Blazers: Portland hosts the New Orleans Pelicans in the regular-season finale on Wednesday. The Trail Blazers sat a total of five players Monday night due to injury. Their bench has improved somewhat since the start of the season, but they'll need to work on their defence for a longer playoff run. The Golden State Warriors are allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game.

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If Nurkic can return against the Warriors, the Blazers will have a much better chance of getting the upset.

Last season with Steph Curry injured, the Warriors eliminated Portland 4-1 in a playoff series.

Battle of the backcourts - One of the must-see matchups of the first round will be Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson vs. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Golden State saw an opportunity to add one of the NBA's five best players during the offseason and took it. You can't ever say that about any team with LeBron James.

He is going to play a huge role against the Warriors regardless of Nurkic's availability. This team will be better next season than it is today as now constructed, and Neil Olshey has three first-round picks to play with come late June. And if Portland is going to succeed in doing so, their frontcourt must make a difference.