The Golden State Warriors try to reach their fifth straight NBA Finals appearance when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.
Monday, May 20 at 9:00 PM ET
The Trail Blazers owned the first half of Game 3, building a 66-53 lead but they were no match for the Warriors in the second, getting outscored 57-33 to eventually lose 110-99.
Stephen Curry had 36 points and Draymond Green finished with a triple-double of 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists to give the Warriors a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals.
Curry became the first Warriors player with 35 points or more in the first three games of any series and Green now has seven triple-doubles in his playoff career. The Warriors are 30-1 in their last 31 games when Stephen Curry plays and Kevin Durant sits.
CJ McCollum scored 23 points for the Trail Blazers but he was just 7 of 20 and 2 of 10 from 3-point range and Damian Lillard finished with 19 points on a poor 5-for-18 from the field. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Lillard has separated ribs and is playing through his injury.
The Over is:
19-7 in Golden State's last 26 games against a team with a winning straight up record
6-2-1 in Golden State's last nine games when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game
19-6-1 in Portland's last 26 home games
22-8 in Portland's last 30 games following a double-digit loss at home
21-8 in Portland's last 29 home games against a team with a road winning percentage above .600
26-10-2 in Portland's last 38 games playing on one day of rest
12-5 in Portland's last 17 games following a straight up loss
20-9 in Portland's last 29 games against a team with a winning straight up record
11-3 in the last 14 meetings in Portland
20-9 in the last 29 meetings
The Trail Blazers were just 20-for-33 from the free-throw line and they won't avoid a sweep on Monday if they have another poor shooting display at the charity stripe.
Damian Lillard is hurt but he has to play much better or this series will end in Game 4. Lillard and McCollum scored 42 points combined on 12-for-38 from the field (31.6 percent) and 5-for-19 from downtown (26.3 percent).
Beating the Warriors with an effort like that is impossible but Lillard and McCollum are proud players and they will not let the Trail Blazers get swept without putting up a fight; they will play much better and Andre Iguodala (plus-1.7 Defensive Box Plus/Minus) could miss the game because of a sore lower leg, so this can be a high-scoring contest.
NBA Pick: Over 220 (-110) at Jazz Sports
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