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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green shoots against Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard, left, during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals on May 18, 2019.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green shoots against Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard, left, during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals on May 18, 2019.|Ted S. Warren | Associated Press
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NBA Conference Finals: Mims previews both games 4 – Warriors vs Trail Blazers and Bucks vs Raptors 

Robert Mims

Robert Mims

The Warriors have the commanding 3-0 lead over the Trail Blazers. It is now a question of when the series ends and who Golden State will play in the NBA Finals. After losing two 15 point plus leads in consecutive games, Portland is broken. This is happening to them without Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins. Andre Iguodala is now injured but the Warriors have the next man up mentality.

In game four, the line is Warriors minus 3.5 and the total is 220. I do not expect a big game from Damian Lillard. The defense against him is relentless. The Blazers miss Jurif Nurkic in this series. They need another scorer and inside presence. Warriors continue to dominate. Curry is rolling and scores 30 again. Draymond Green flirts with a triple double and scores 14 or more. Game goes over.

Raptors and Bucks played two overtimes before Toronto was able to prevail. Kawhi Leonard led the way again with 36 points. He appeared to labor with a leg injury. Giannis Antetokounmpo shot 5-18 and finished with 12 points. He did have 23 rebounds. Raptors played much better defensively. Kris Middleton shot 3-16 and finished with 9 points. The Bucks turned the ball over 20 times which resulted in 20 points by the Raptors.

In game four, the line is Toronto -3 and the total is 216.5. As bad as the Bucks played, they had a chance to win and be up 3-0. The Raptors played their best game collectively with contributions from Pau Gasol and Norman Powell. The minutes on Leonard finally catch up to him in Game 4. Pascal Siakam has not played two good games back to back. He does not score 20. Giannis returns to form and gets 25 or more. He continues to clean the glass and gets 11 rebounds or more. Malcolm Brogdon gets 16 points or more. Don’t see much scoring production from Danny Green or Eric Bledsoe. They neutralize each other. Bucks win and hold Raptors to under 110.