The Western Conference Finals tip off on Tuesday night. Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of Western Conference Finals: Preview, how to watch NBA playoff series.2019 NBA Playoffs: Watch Warriors vs. Blazers Game 1, live stream, TV channel, time, picks, odds, analysis
The Western Conference Finals is set to tip off on Tuesday night when the top-seeded Golden State Warriors host the third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1. The series will serve as a showcase for two of the league’s best backcourts.
|Date:||Tuesday, May 14, 2019|
|Location:||Oracle Arena Oakland, California.|
|Time||9 p.m. ET ET|
|Live Stream||Watch Here|
After taking down the Houston Rockets in six games in the semifinals, the Warriors will be looking to advance to the NBA Finals for the fifth consecutive season, while the Blazers are looking to return to the Finals for the first time since 1992. The two teams split the regular season series between them at two games apiece.
The Warriors will be short-handed to start the series at least, as Kevin Durant has been ruled out of Game 1 due to the calf strain that he suffered against the Rockets in the semis. DeMarcus Cousins is also still sidelined for Golden State with a torn quadriceps muscle, although he hopes to return at some point during the series against the Blazers.
Trail Blazers: When Jusuf Nurkic went down with his gruesome, season-ending leg injury in late March, the consensus was that the Blazers’ season was done. They would make the playoffs, of course, and maybe win a first-round series, but no one expected they would go on a deep playoff run in the crowded West. In fact, when they were matched up with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round, almost everyone picked them to lose. And yet here they are, in the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2000, and set for a matchup against the mighty Golden State Warriors.
Warriors: For the fifth straight season, the Warriors have advanced to the Western Conference finals, and they’ll be looking to make it the same number of consecutive trips to the NBA Finals. But their road to a three-peat got a bit more complicated with Kevin Durant’s injury in Game 5 of their second-round series with the Rockets. Now, in year five of their dynasty, they’ll have to rely on the original big three of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green as much as they did in year one. Perhaps that’s fitting though, with big roster changes, including a potential Durant departure — likely in the summer.