After two thrilling Game 7’s on Sunday, the Conference Finals are set. Here are the predictions for every single game of the NBA Western Conference Finals, over the next week or so.
Golden State Warriors (1) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (3)
Game 1: Trail Blazers at Warriors
I fully expect the Golden State Warriors to win Game 1, but it won’t be a cake walk. The Blazers are unique from the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets, because they combine the team style of play of the Clippers with the star power of the Rockets.
The Warriors will win Game 1 by seven points, but it will be hard fought. GSW 1, POR 0
Game 2: Trail Blazers at Warriors
The Warriors have played well in the absence of both Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins, but even with both of those players (mostly just Durant) the Warriors still fell to the Clippers at home.
The Trail Blazers will capitalize on the injured Warriors and steal Game 2 by three. GSW 1, POR 1
Game 3: Warriors at Trail Blazers
The Trail Blazers are 5-1 at home in the 2019 playoffs. Damian Lillard has averaged 29.3 ppg at home in his last three games, and that should be enough for the Blazers to take Game 3.
Blazers win by 10. GSW 1, POR 2
Game 4: Warriors at Trail Blazers
The Warriors are still the Warriors. In a must-win game, the Warriors will rise to the occasion and it will be too much for the Blazers, who are feeling a bit too confident at this point.
Warriors win by 6. GSW 2, POR 2
Game 5: Trail Blazers at Warriors
After gaining momentum in Game 4, the Warriors will be able to take control of the series in a double-digit point victory.
GSW 3, POR 2
Game 6: Warriors at Trail Blazers
According to the latest injury reports, Kevin Durant should be available by Game 5, so there’s a high level of confidence that he’ll be active for Game 6. With Durant, the Warriors will essentially be at full strength and will close out the series in six games. Warriors win by 10.
Warriors win the series, 4-2