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Trail Blazers at Warriors Preview

The Golden State Warriors will host the Portland Trail Blazers at Oracle Arena for Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals on Thursday.

Despite the absence of Kevin Durant (calf), everything seemed to go Golden State’s way in Game 1. The Warriors earned a commanding 116-94 win behind Steph Curry’s 36 points and seven assists. Golden State knocked down 17 three-pointers in the series opener, with 12 of those longballs coming from Curry and his All-Star backcourt partner, Klay Thompson. Thompson chipped in 26 points in Tuesday’s blowout Game 1 win. On Thursday, the Warriors will still be without Durant and DeMarcus Cousins (quad). The team will look to continue its strong play from Game 1 and pick up another win without its two ailing stars.

The Trail Blazers, meanwhile, could not find the bottom of the basket on Tuesday. The team shot just 36.1 percent from the floor, including 7-of-28 from three-point range. After helping clinch a series win in Game 7 of the conference semifinals, the star backcourt of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum combined to shoot just 11-of-31 against Golden State in Game 1. The team also struggled to move the ball, dishing out only 21 assists while committing a whopping 21 turnovers. The Trail Blazers, who are still without Jusuf Nurkic (leg), will look to bounce back from Tuesday’s unfortunate loss with a win in Game 2.

Written by Oscar Heanue at 5/16 9:53 AM IST

Star Player:

Steph Curry, GSW (21 credits) – With Kevin Durant (calf) sidelined, the pressure was on Curry to shoulder most of the scoring load for Golden State in Game 1.  The two-time MVP delivered, draining nine three-pointers en route to 36 points and seven assists.  The big night was good for 55.7 Dream11 points.  Curry is now scoring 25.2 points per game in the postseason and is averaging 41.0 fantasy points per contest.  With Durant still out, his production should continue to be inflated in Game 2.  

Value Plays:

Zach Collins, POR (7 credits) – Collins has delivered double-digit Dream11 points in his last seven games, and is averaging 23.0 fantasy points per game over that stretch.  Given his dirt-cheap price tag, those numbers are impressive.  The second-year big man has emerged as a key contributor for the Trail Blazers in this postseason.  He scored eight points and blocked a shot in Tuesday’s Game 1.

Evan Turner, POR (5 credits) – Turner is not much of a scorer.  In fact, he has gone scoreless in six of his last eight games.  He makes up for it, however, with stellar rebounding and passing numbers.  Over that same eight-game stretch, Turner is putting up 13.4 Dream11 points per outing.  At only five credits, those numbers are tough to pass up.  If Turner could put the ball in the basket, that would only be the icing on the cake.

Enes Kanter, POR (15 credits) – Kanter’s contributions have been crucial for the Trail Blazers in the playoffs, as the team is drastically undermanned at the center position.  On Tuesday, Kanter notched his second-straight double-double with 10 points and 16 rebounds.  Even though not much else went right for the Blazers, Kanter was able to grab at least 12 rebounds for the third straight game.  He is now averaging over 30 Dream11 points per game this postseason.  

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RotoWire.com Projections
 

Stephen Curry, GS – PG

  • Credits: 21
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 48.90
  • Proj. Minutes: 44

Damian Lillard, POR – PG

  • Credits: 21
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 48.13
  • Proj. Minutes: 42

Draymond Green, GS – PF

  • Credits: 18
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 38.81
  • Proj. Minutes: 41

C.J. McCollum, POR – SG

  • Credits: 17.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 38.02
  • Proj. Minutes: 42

Jusuf Nurkic, POR – C

  • Credits: 16.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Enes Kanter, POR – C

  • Credits: 15
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 32.88
  • Proj. Minutes: 31

Klay Thompson, GS – SG

  • Credits: 15
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 31.11
  • Proj. Minutes: 42

Andre Iguodala, GS – SF

  • Credits: 12.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 22.80
  • Proj. Minutes: 31

Al-Farouq Aminu, POR – PF

  • Credits: 11
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 21.82
  • Proj. Minutes: 28

Maurice Harkless, POR – SF

  • Credits: 10
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 13.86
  • Proj. Minutes: 17

Kevon Looney, GS – C

  • Credits: 8.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 18.73
  • Proj. Minutes: 22

Rodney Hood, POR – SG

  • Credits: 7.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 14.74
  • Proj. Minutes: 22

Zach Collins, POR – C

  • Credits: 7
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 16.69
  • Proj. Minutes: 21

Andrew Bogut, GS – C

  • Credits: 6.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 2.09
  • Proj. Minutes: 2

Evan Turner, POR – SF

  • Credits: 5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 12.71
  • Proj. Minutes: 17

Seth Curry, POR – PG

  • Credits: 5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 14.35
  • Proj. Minutes: 21

Meyers Leonard, POR – PF

  • Credits: 4.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Jake Layman, POR – SG

  • Credits: 4.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Shaun Livingston, GS – PG

  • Credits: 4.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 8.73
  • Proj. Minutes: 14

Jonas Jerebko, GS – PF

  • Credits: 4.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 2.96
  • Proj. Minutes: 4

Quinn Cook, GS – PG

  • Credits: 4.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Damian Jones, GS – C

  • Credits: 4
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Damion Lee, GS – SG

  • Credits: 4
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Jordan Bell, GS – C

  • Credits: 4
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Alfonzo McKinnie, GS – SF

  • Credits: 4
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 4.97
  • Proj. Minutes: 8

Skal Labissiere, POR – PF

  • Credits: 4
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Anfernee Simons, POR – SG

  • Credits: 3.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Gary Trent, POR – SG

  • Credits: 3.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Marcus Derrickson, GS – PF

  • Credits: 3.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Jacob Evans, GS – SG

  • Credits: 3.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Injuries:

Golden State Warriors –

DeMarcus Cousins – Out – Quadriceps

5/14 4:10 AM IST – Cousins (quad) is unlikely to return during the Western Conference Finals, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports. Coach Steve Kerr spoke on Cousins’ status at Monday’s practice, telling reporters that not much has changed as the big man continues to be limited in his rehab work. Kerr stopped short of ruling Cousins out for the series against Portland, but it sounds as though if Cousins does get back on the floor at some point in the postseason, his return would come in the NBA Finals.

Kevin Durant – Out – Calf

5/16 2:34 AM IST – Durant (calf), as expected, is out for Thursday’s Game 2 against the Trail Blazers, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports. Durant missing Game 2 was nearly a certainty, but this news officially ends speculation. He’ll be re-evaluated later in the week with hopes of playing in Game 3, which is Saturday. It wouldn’t be surprising if he’s out until late in the series, or possibly the Finals.

Portland Trail Blazers –

Jusuf Nurkic – OFS – Lower Leg

3/27 2:32 AM IST – Nurkic underwent surgery on his left leg Tuesday to repair compound fractures, although he avoided any nerve or muscle damage, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. This is great news for Nurkic, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season but will aim to make a full recovery after steering clear of any nerve damage. A timetable for his return has yet to be released this early in his recovery process, although it’s reasonable to believe he could be back on the court at some point during the 2019-20 campaign. Enes Kanter and Zach Collins are expected to split the minutes at center while Nurkic is shut down.

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