The Warriors (43-38) playoff picture hangs in the balance, with the Warriors a chance to clinch the fifth seed if they win on the road against the off-season ready Trail Blazers (33-48). The game is expected to tip-off at 03:30 PM ET, Sunday, April 9th, 2023.
The Warriors are expected to put the final touches on what has been a really poor season for the Trail Blazers, who are an egregious 18.5 point underdog coming into today’s clash.
The Trail Blazers are determined to end their nine-game losing streak at home with a win against the Warriors. This will be the fourth time the two teams have played against each other this season, with the Warriors winning their previous encounter 123-105 on March 1st. Jordan Poole was the top scorer for the Warriors with 29 points, while Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 25 points.
The Trail Blazers will be without Lillard and many more as they turn their sights to next season. Oppositely, the Warriors will put their best foot forward in an attempt to secure a playoff position.
With a win against Golden State, they would guarantee the sixth seed at the lowest, which would see them play the Kings in the first round. If the Clippers also lose their game against the Suns, the Warriors would become the fifth seed and instead play the Suns in the first round.
If the Warriors lose, tiebreaker situations would come into effect in order to determine seeding. Tiebreakers that would likely see the Warriors falling down to the eighth seed, an unlikely possibility for their playoff picture.
ODDS AND PREDICTIONS
The significance of this game for the Warriors and their mindset will matter more than just relying on statistics. Winning here would ensure that they do not have to participate in the play-in tournament, and this also means that they would have a week’s rest before their next game. Therefore, it is likely that they will field their key players for the entire game instead of benching them later on.
On the other hand, the Trail Blazers’ injury report is quite long, which indicates that they may not be interested in fielding a competitive roster for their final game. The Golden State Warriors have an impressive record of 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games against the Trail Blazers, so it’s safe to predict they will cover the significant spread.
Considering all these factors, go with the Warriors to cover the spread of -18.5. However, it’s important to keep in mind that sports betting always involves a degree of risk, and there’s no guarantee that this Warriors star studded lineup will produce the expected result against a Trail Blazers side consisting of rotational bench players. As always, it’s essential to do your research and make an informed decision based on the available data.
Spread: Warriors -18.5
Moneyline: Warriors -1694, Trailblazers +900
Pick: Warriors -18.5
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