Date/Time: 04-23-2019, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Portland Trail Blazers -3
With the third in the West Portland Trail Blazers making a break in the third game of the series which gives them now a 3-1 lead, they are hosting once again the 6th Oklahoma City Thunder, who are in a do-or-die situation and need to do what they failed to do in the first couple of games in Portland in order to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Thunder had a 49-33 record (42-40 ATS) in the regular season and finished in the 6th place of the West. They are 1-3 in their last 4 games and in their latest matchup they got defeated by Portland at home in the fourth game of the series, 98-111. Blazers had a 53-29 record (45-36-1 ATS) in the regular season and finished 3rd in the West. They are 6-1 in their last 7 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Oklahoma City on the road in the fourth game of the series, 111-98.
Top Basketball BookmakersOklahoma City are led in scoring by Paul George with 26.8 ppg. He also leads the team in rebounding with 8.5 per game, while Russell Westbrook follows with 21.2 ppg, adding 8.2 rebounds and leading the team in assists made with 9.8 per game. Dennis Schroder adds 13 ppg, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists off the bench. Portland are led in scoring by Damian Lillard with 28.8 ppg. He also adds 3.8 rebounds and leads the team in assists made with 6 per game, while CJ McCollum follows with 26.2 ppg, adding 6.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. Enes Kanter adds 13.2 ppg and a team high 9.5 rebounds per game.
Oklahoma City leads Portland 5-3 wins so far this season, having lost two of their three road games. Portland are 34-9 at home, while Oklahoma City are 22-21 on the road. Portland have both a better offense with 114.4 ppg to Oklahoma City’s 113.9 and a better defense, allowing 110.1 ppg to Oklahoma City’s 111. Portland have a better accuracy both from the field (46.6% to 45.2%) and from behind the arc (36.1% to 34.6%). Oklahoma City on the other hand dish more assists per game (23.3 to 22.7) and both squads commit almost the same number of turnovers (13.4 to 13.7) and grab exactly 47.9 rebounds per game. Portland are extremely efficient at home throughout the season and expect them to get away with a win by more than 3 points.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Portland Trail Blazers Game 5 Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers -3 (-109)