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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry drives past Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, center, during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals on May 18, 2019.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry drives past Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, center, 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 Playoff Monday: Golden State Sweep? Frank picks Game 4 of Warriors vs Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals 

Greg Frank

Greg Frank

Warriors (-3) @ Trail Blazers (219)
Pick: Trail Blazers +3
Pick: Under 219

Maybe this one’s as simple as Golden State is superior and a sweep is imminent. However, if you watched all 48 minutes of the last two games, you would have seen Portland with double-digit leads in the second half of both games. I’ve backed Portland in every game of this series and at least managed to come away with a cover in Game 2. I came in thinking this series would be at least quasi-competitive and had Portland managed to close the door in either Game 2 or Game 3, tonight would have a much different tune. Despite the loss in Game 3, Portland is still 37-11 straight-up in the regular season and playoffs in 2018-19. Only Toronto, Milwaukee and San Antonio have more combined wins at home. This series reminds me a little of the Utah-Houston series in the opening round out West. The Rockets were the clear favorite, though some analysts gave the Jazz a puncher’s chance to at least hang around. That didn’t happen as Houston got up 3-0, but Utah, another team that had one of the best home court advantages in the NBA, had too much pride to roll over and get swept. I feel the same way about the Trail Blazers tonight. We’ll get one last hard-fought effort from them in this series and this time it will be enough to result in a win. The under is also 2-1 in this series and I think there’s some good correlated value with Portland on going under 219. The Trail Blazers are not going to win a shootout against the Warriors, nobody really can even without Kevin Durant, so a Portland win should mean the under cashes as well.