The Golden State Warriors will visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, April 9, in the fourth and final meeting between the two teams this NBA season. The Warriors won two of the previous three games.
The 43-38 Warriors are in sixth place in the Western Conference but have plenty to play for on the season’s final day. Golden State can finish as high as the fifth seed and as low as the eighth seed. The Warriors currently rank third in points per game and tenth in offensive rating. They have struggled on the less flashy side of the ball, as they are 22nd in opponent points per game and 19th in defensive rating.
The 33-48 Trail Blazers are 13th in the Western Conference and hoping for lottery balls to bounce next month. They currently hold the fifth-best lottery odds, but a win could alter them. Portland ranks 18th in points per game and 17th in offensive rating. They have struggled defensively, ranking 21st in opponent points per game and 27th in defensive rating.
The Warriors are 10-30 on the road, while the Trail Blazers are 17-23 at home.
Fixture: Golden State Warriors @ Portland Trail Blazers
Date and Time: Sunday, April 9, 3:30 p.m. EST
Venue: Moda Center in Portland, Oregon
Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Injury Report
The Golden State Warriors remain without starting small forward Andrew Wiggins as he ramps up his conditioning following a lengthy absence due to personal reasons. The Warriors are also without forward Andre Iguodala, who is out following left wrist surgery.
The Portland Trail Blazers will have to make do without superstar point guard Damian Lillard, who is sidelined with right calf tightness. The Blazers will also be without starting shooting guard Anfernee Simons, starting forwards Jerami Grant and Matisse Thybulle, and starting center Jusuf Nurkic, who are out with right foot soreness, left quad contusion, right knee effusion and right knee soreness, respectively. Forward Justise Winslow is also out following left ankle surgery, while guard Keon Johnson has a fractured finger. Forward Cam Reddish and center Drew Eubanks are questionable with back soreness and a right ankle sprain, respectively.
|Andrew Wiggins||Golden State Warriors||Out||Conditioning|
|Andre Iguodala||Golden State Warriors||Out||Wrist|
|Damian Lillard||Portland Trail Blazers||Out||Calf|
|Anfernee Simons||Portland Trail Blazers||Out||Foot|
|Jerami Grant||Portland Trail Blazers||Out||Quad|
|Matisse Thybulle||Portland Trail Blazers||Out||Knee|
|Jusuf Nurkic||Portland Trail Blazers||Out||Knee|
|Justise Winslow||Portland Trail Blazers||Out||Ankle|
|Keon Johnson||Portland Trail Blazers||Out||Finger|
|Cam Reddish||Portland Trail Blazers||Questionable||Back|
|Drew Eubanks||Portland Trail Blazers||Questionable||Ankle|
Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Betting Odds and Spread
|Golden State Warriors||-17|
|Portland Trail Blazers||+17|
Warriors – PG Steph Curry, SG Klay Thompson, SF Donte DiVincenzo, PF Draymond Green, C Kevon Looney
Blazers – PG Ryan Arcidiacono, SG Shaedon Sharpe, SF Kevin Knox, PF Nassir Little, C Trendon Watford
Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Betting Prediction
The Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers likely want the same outcome on Sunday. However, the Warriors will easily win this matchup. They will not cover the spread, though, as they will likely give their key players an early night to prevent any injuries ahead of the postseason. Look for Golden State to win by no more than 16 points.