The Trail Blazers and Warriors will square off on New Year’s Day followed by a Sunday evening matchup with both games played at Chase Center in San Francisco.
Friday’s contest marks the first home game of the season for the Warriors. The last time Golden State played at home was on Mar. 10, 2020. The Warriors finished their four-game road trip to start the year, 2-2.
As for the Blazers, Portland is looking to bounce back following a 128-105 blowout loss to the Clippers.
The Warriors have listed Draymond Green (right foot; soreness) as probable for Friday's contest, while Eric Paschall (right knee; soreness) is questionable.
Marquese Chriss (right syndesmosis; injury w/ fibula fracture), Alen Smailagic (right knee; soreness) and Klay Thompson (right Achilles tendon; repair) are out.
If Green is available to play, it would be the first game since Feb. 27, 2020 against the Lakers (a span of 309 days).
Portland has listed Gary Trent (right calf strain) as questionable vs. the Warriors. Nassir Little (Health and Safety Protocols) is out and Zach Collins (left ankle stress fracture) is not with the team.
Our Trail Blazers Insider, Dwight Jaynes knows it’s early, but so far the Trail Blazers’ defense is still in need of repair:
“The Trail Blazers have played only four games. But so far, in this little preview of the season to come, you’d have to say this:
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
After getting buried under a barrage of three-point field goals in a 128-105 defeat by the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday night, the Trail Blazers sat 29th in the NBA in defensive rating. Sound familiar?
And in spite of a Monday night win over the defending champion Lakers, the Trail Blazers simply must find a way to get better at the defensive end -- even after the off-season addition of two terrific defenders -- Derrick Jones and Robert Covington.
The vow this season was to fix the defense, But at least at this point, it’s still in need of repair. Not just once in a while, but all the time.
The Clips made 18 of their 38 three-point shots and still managed to feast in the paint, scoring 52 points on 26 of 38.
When you aren’t defending from near and far, you are just lost.
You can plead it’s a small sample size, but the Trail Blazers were rescued in their win over Houston by CJ McCollum’s sensational offensive game and by Gary Trent doing the same thing vs. the Lakers.
“We're just coming off a really good defensive game against the Lakers,” Coach Terry Stotts said. “So, you know, I think it's early to say.
“We're four games in, We've had a couple of poor defensive games against some teams that move the ball, whether it's Denver in the preseason, or Utah, or in tonight's case, they did move the ball well, and that is difficult to guard.
“And, you know, we went into this game knowing that they had nine or 10 very good three-point shooters. It's a strength of theirs and I think it's how they get them. But I give credit to how they move the ball, and again they shot the ball well, so I think it's a combination of both (his team’s defense and LA’s offense). But it's a little early to say where we are defensively.
“After four games, rankings don’t mean as much as they do after 10 or 15 or 20 games.”
I would agree with that. But I don’t think you need to watch a lot of video of the Trail Blazers to see how many open threes they allow and how often opponents get penetration for easy baskets or dish the ball back out for open threes. And that has to change for this team to get where it wants to go.”
Read more from Dwight here.
The Blazers are -3.5 favorites against the Warriors, odds provided by our partner PointsBet.
Here’s what you need to know about the Blazers and Warriors matchup --
The Trail Blazers Jan. 1 matchup with the Warriors marks the first of three games between Portland and Golden State during the 2020-21 season. All three meetings are scheduled for the First Half of the season, with the second two coming on Jan. 3 and March 3.
LAST SEASON: The Trail Blazers won the season series against the Warriors in 2020-21, 2-1.
Damian Lillard averaged 43.7 points (49.4% FG, 43.9% 3-PT, 93.9% FT), 5.7 rebounds and 8.0 assists in three games against the Warriors in 2019-20. Lillard scored 61 points against Golden State on Jan. 20, 2020.
CJ McCollum averaged 22.0 points (48.6% FG, 35.7% 3-PT, 83.3% FT), 3.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists in two games against Golden State last season.
In two games against the Warriors last season, Carmelo Anthony averaged 15.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 2.00 steals.
Stephen Curry's last game against the Trail Blazers came on Feb. 13, 2019. Curry finished with 32 points (10-24 FG, 5-14 3-PT, 7-7 FT) and seven rebounds.
POINT SPREAD: -- Trail Blazers: -3.5 (-110) -- Warriors: +3.5 (-110)
HOW TO WATCH:
When: Friday, January 1
Where: Chase Center | San Francisco, CA
Start time: 7:30 p.m. PT
TV channel: NBCSNW, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers
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