NSS. Trail Blazers: 11-16 Record, 9th in West.  Vs Warriors Preview!!

NSS. Trail Blazers: 11-16 Record, 9th in West.  Vs Warriors Preview!!

                Some nights (vs under 500 team) the Trail Blazers look like the real deal with a well balance attack from the starters.  I’m talking if it’s not Damian Lillard putting up 30 points, it will be CJ McCollum doing it.  Hassan Whiteside has been the definition of a true center rebounding and blocking everything.  While the NBA’s this year comeback story Carmelo Anthony has been completely efficient in his new role and also giving back #StayMelo flashbacks has been great.  Other nights (vs over 500 teams) nothing looks good at all and the Blazers just look overwhelm.

                This will be the Blazers 2nd game of a 4 game series vs the Warriors.  The Warriors lead the series 1-0 but come in to the game with a 3-13 away record and a 4 game losing streak.  The Blazers will look to even out their home record of 5-6 in this 1st game of a 4 game home stay.  The Blazers have only gotten consecutive wins twice this season and have reached 3 straight wins only once.  The Blazers need this win!!!

                Lillard leads the offense with 26.3 Ppg and is coming off a 27 points performance in the win vs the Suns, he needs to carry into this game.  Melo will be facing the Warriors for the 1st time this season, Melo has been a positive factor and could be a different maker facing a young Warriors team.

                The matchup Whiteside vs Cauley-Stein will be the one to watch as both of this guy’s earn their paycheck on the glass and challenging shots. 

                The 1st game against the Warriors Eric Paschall broke out for 34 points in the win.  Pascall has been averaging 16.1 Ppg and will be making his return after missing the last couple games for the Warriors.  A big story for the Warriors is the how they forced 29 turnovers but still loss by 21 points.  Draymond Green went out and said that his team “sucked.  In every way, shape and form”.  Green may have said some harsh words but those usually light up a fire with the Warriors.

PS Carmelo Anthony (25,769 Pts) only needs 302 points to catch up to Kevin Garnett (26,071) in the NBA all-time scoring list.  #StayMelo

Pick: Blazers win.  CJ McCollum 30+ Points

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