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The (15-21) Portland Trail blazers of the Western Conference Northwest Division will travel to the “EAST BAY” for a Conference matchup.
Portland takes on the (30-5) Golden State Warriors of the Western Conference Pacific in 2017 NBA action.
Tip-off is 10:35 PM EST on the ESPN Network. The game is on Wednesday. January 4, 2016. The teams will play at outdated Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
The best Sports Handicapper believes the Portland Trail blazers are a franchise on the rise. The organization must go after a talented big man in the offseason.
The Golden State Warriors are the odds on favorite to win the 2017 NBA title.
Golden State has arguably the best talent in all of the basketball, especially the starting five.
The Opening Betting line has the Portland Trailblazers as a Fifteen Point Road Underdog Against The Spread.
The Betting Odds Total is 223 and a Half Points for Wednesday’s contest.
The Portland Trail blazers are 0-2 vs. Golden State this season, and both defeats have been by more than twenty points.
So why is ESPN carrying the game nationally?
The reason is the up and down pace of both teams. Portland is coming off of a road win against Minnesota on New Year’s Day and has won two of three.
Portland is in a tie with Denver in the division, seven and a half games behind first place Utah.
The Trailblazers are just 6-14 on the road this season and a good showing Wednesday could give the team confidence down the road.
Fifth-year head coach Terry Stotts did a remarkable job getting the team to the postseason last year, after losing LaMarcus Aldridge to San Antonio.
Management is still trying to fill the power forward position with an All-Star caliber player.
Oakland, California native Damian Lillard leads the team in scoring. Off guard C.J. McCollum is a perfect complement to Lillard and averages twenty-two points per game scoring the basketball.
However, Lillard is doubtful for Wednesday’s matchup.
Bovada.Lv list the 2017 Portland Trailblazers at +250 to win the NBA Western Conference Northwest Division Crown.
The 2017 Golden State Warriors have won nine of ten and owns the best record in the National Basketball Association.
Golden State is eight games in front of the second place Los Angeles Clippers in the Division.
The Warriors are 15-2 in front of the home crowd so far this season. Head Coach Steve Kerr is looking to give the franchise their second NBA title in his three years on the bench.
The offseason acquisition of former Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant make the Warriors the overwhelming favorites to win it all. Golden State leads the league in scoring with 117.3 points per game.
Durant and Stephen Curry are the Warriors leading scorers with Klay Thompson third. The three put up more than twenty points each.
The Center position is the only liability for Golden State but their talent offsets the position.
However, the playoffs could be a different story in the post. Bovada.Lv list the 2017 Golden State Warriors at -130 to win the NBA Championship.
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