Get the latest score and analysis from our live feed on Sunday at 12:30 p.m., as the Warriors face the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of their playoffs series at Oracle.
The Warriors and Blazers begin their best-of-7 series with top-seeded Golden State the prohibitive favorites. The Warriors won all four games in the regular season, and also beat Portland in 5 games in the Western Conference semifinals last season.
This will mark Kevin Durant’s first postseason game with the Warriors, who have history on their side in Game 1’s in the Steve Kerr era — they’ve won seven of eight series openers.
Portland boasts the high-scoring backcourt duo of C.J. McCollum and Oakland’s Damian Lillard, though they’ve struggled to match the Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in head-to-head meetings. The Blazers are expected to be without Jusuf Nurkic, the talented center who was acquired from Denver earlier this season. Nurkic is listed as questionable as he continues to recover from a fractured fibula.
The Warriors will be without reserves Matt Barnes (sprained right ankle) and Kevon Looney (left hip strain).
Game 2 will be on Wednesday night at Oracle.
Here are the projected starting lineups:
C Zaza Pachulia
PF Draymond Green
SF Kevin Durant
SG Klay Thompson
PG Stephen Curry
C Meyers Leonard
PF Noan Vonleh
SF Mo Harkless
SG C.J. McCollum
PG Damian Lillard
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