Trail Blazers vs. Warriors Odds, Prediction: Game 2 NBA Playoffs

Trail Blazers vs. Warriors Odds, Prediction: Game 2 NBA Playoffs

Just before Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers, the Warriors announced that Durant's injury will be re-evaluated in one week. For my parents, I know we've talked about it the whole series and these last two games, it's probably nerve wracking as heck for them, but it worked out perfectly tonight, he played well and we won.

While that doesn't mean they're better without him, playing without Durant is the reality the Warriors are facing for the time being. MJ's crew was on average a 3-point favorite on the road, and they went just 14-11 ATS in their title runs. Portland struggled to slow down the Warriors stars throughout Game 1 as Steph Curry picked them apart and then created opportunities for everyone else.

Outgunned by the underdog Portland Trail Blazers for 47 minutes and without their two most productive big men, the Golden State Warriors employed an unusual strategy when things got desperate Thursday night.

Lillard led the Blazers with 23 points.

The Toronto Raptors advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals after winning Game 7 of the semifinals, 92-90, on Sunday against the Philadelphia 76ers. "You know, so. good defensive play". Each of those teams will pose a worthy threat to a Warrior team with a healthy Kevin Durant in its starting five, much more so, in the event Durant doesn't become available for a possible Finals matchup with either team.

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"Without KD, we have to play differently", Curry said.

The earliest we could see Durant is in Game 5 back in Oakland, provided the series even gets that far. Golden State led by at least six points the entire second half.

Game 2 between the Warriors and Trail Blazers will tip off Thursday at 9 p.m. ET at Oracle Arena. "Hopefully he'll be back at some point".

Kevin Durant has been a monster for the Golden State Warriors in this year's playoffs thanks to some otherworldly performances where he put up over 40 points. The Warriors seem to be embracing being doubted without Durant and I think that is driving them a lot right now.