Warriors vs Trail Blazers : The Portland Trail Blazers visit the Golden State Warriors Tuesday night at Oracle Arena in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. The winner of the best-of-seven series advances to the NBA Finals.
The Blazers and Warriors split four games during the regular season. Lillard averaged 28.3 points and 6.5 assists during the series, scoring 40 points on Dec. 29 and 21 points — while hitting the game-winning three-pointer with 6.3 seconds left in overtime on Dec.
The Warriors won both meetings, defeating the Blazers in five games in the 2016 conference semifinals and sweeping them in the first round in 2017.
Blazers backup guard Seth Curry will face Warriors All-Star guard Steph Curry — his brother — in the series. It’s the first time brothers will meet in an NBA conference finals, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Warriors All-Star forward Kevin Durant is expected to miss at least one game in the series, and perhaps more, with a strained right calf.
Golden State Warriors vs Portland Trail Blazers, Game 1
Date: Tuesday, May 14
Time: 9 p.m. ET
Location: Oracle Arena — Oakland, California
TV channel: ESPN
Live stats: GameTracker
Online streaming: WatchESPN
Odds: Warriors -8 (Over/Under 218.5)
The Western Conference Finals is set to tip off on Tuesday night when the top-seeded Golden State Warriors host the third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1. The series will serve as a showcase for two of the league’s best backcourts.
After taking down the Houston Rockets in six games in the semifinals, the Warriors will be looking to advance to the NBA Finals for the fifth consecutive season, while the Blazers are looking to return to the Finals for the first time since 1992. The two teams split the regular season series between them at two games apiece.
The Warriors will be short-handed to start the series at least, as Kevin Durant has been ruled out of Game 1 due to the calf strain that he suffered against the Rockets in the semis. DeMarcus Cousins is also still sidelined for Golden State with a torn quadriceps muscle, although he hopes to return at some point during the series against the Blazers.