Golden State begins conference finals against Portland
Portland Trail Blazers (53-29, third in the Western Conference during the regular season) vs. Golden State Warriors (57-25, first in the Western Conference during the regular season)
Oakland, California; Tuesday, 9 p.m. EDT
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: Golden State hosts first series matchup
BOTTOM LINE: The Golden State Warriors host the Portland Trail Blazers to start the Western Conference finals. Golden State and Portland tied the regular season series 2-2.
The Warriors have gone 30-11 at home. Golden State is the NBA leader with 29.4 assists per game, led by Draymond Green averaging 6.9.
The Trail Blazers have gone 21-20 away from home. Portland is 4-6 in one-possession games.
TOP PERFORMERS: Green ranks second on the Warriors with 7.3 rebounds and averages 7.4 points. Kevin Durant has averaged 33.2 points and added 4.8 rebounds while shooting 45.8 percent over the last 10 games for Golden State.
Damian Lillard leads the Trail Blazers averaging 25.8 points and grabbing 4.6 rebounds. CJ McCollum has averaged 25 points and collected 5.5 rebounds while shooting 44.8 percent over the last 10 games for Portland.
DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Trail Blazers: Averaging 111.2 points, 46.7 rebounds, 18.3 assists, 6.9 steals and 5.6 blocks per game while shooting 44.0 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.8 points on 43.2 percent shooting.
Warriors: Averaging 118.1 points, 42.8 rebounds, 28.3 assists, 7.2 steals and 5.8 blocks per game while shooting 48.6 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112.3 points on 44.9 percent shooting.
Warriors Injuries: DeMarcus Cousins: out (torn right quad), Damian Jones: out (torn left pectoral), Kevin Durant: out (calf).
Trail Blazers Injuries: Rodney Hood: day to day (left knee hyperextension), Jusuf Nurkic: out for season (leg fracture).