Portland vs. Golden State 10*
Portland vs. Golden State,
05/01/2016 15:30 EDT,
Score: 106 - 118
Point Spread: +8½/-109 Portland
Just don’t think this big of a spread is warranted in this Game 1 matchup. The Blazers are one of the few teams to knock off the Warriors in the regular season – when Golden State was pretty much full strength – and this team is in fine form right now and playing some of their best basketball of the season. They knocked off the Clippers in 6 on Friday night and even though LA was injury ravaged they played a truly heroic game and it took a very strong effort for Portland to win that game. So they are in full playoff form right now and they have played three straight excellent games. Their shots are falling right now too and they don’t get more than a day off here so they will keep their positive momentum. The Warriors made it look easy against the Rockets but that team barely made the playoffs and this is a much better club they face tonight and this is where the loss of Curry really starts to hurt the team. We think this will be a close game and the Blazers should be free and loose here as their season goals have pretty much been met and anything above this is just a bonus. Golden State has a lot more pressure here and we don’t think the rest of the top players on this team have the same mental fortitude as Curry. Also, Curry has not been even ruled out for Game 2 yet but he could be back soon so the Blazers need to strike here while the iron is hot and play like this is Game 7.