Date/Time: 03-07-2019, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Portland Trail Blazers -3.5
In this high caliber all-Western showdown, two squads with identical records sitting on the 3rd place of the conference are clashing, when the Oklahoma City Thunder are visiting the Portland Trail Blazers, with both teams coming off single defeats in their latest matchups and are looking to bounce back tonight.
Thunder are 39-25 so far in the league and are tied with tonight’s opponent Portland on the 3rd place of the Western Conference. They are 1-5 in their last 6 games and in their latest matchup they got defeated by Minnesota on the road, 120-131. Blazers are 39-25 so far in the league and are tied with tonight’s opponent Oklahoma City on the 3rd place of the Western Conference. They are 1-2 in their last 3 games and in their latest matchup they got defeated by Memphis on the road, 111-120.
Top Basketball BookmakersOklahoma City are led in scoring by Paul George with 28.6 ppg. He also adds 8 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game, while Russell Westbrook follows with 22.7 ppg and leads the team both in assists with 10.7 and in rebounding with 11.2 per game. Dennis Schroder adds 15.5 ppg and 4.2 assists per game off the bench. Portland are led in scoring by Damian Lillard with 25.9 ppg. He also adds 4.6 rebounds and leads the team in assists made with 6.4 per game, while CJ McCollum follows with 21.1 ppg, adding 4 rebounds per game. Jusuf Nurkic adds 15.3 ppg and leads the team in rebounding with 10.1 per game.
Oklahoma City lead Portland 3-0 wins so far this season and they have won the previous game in Portland by two points. Portland are 24-8 at home, while Oklahoma City are 17-16 on the road. Oklahoma City have a better offense with 115.3 ppg to Portland’s 113.6, while Portland have a better defense, allowing 110.2 ppg to Oklahoma City’s 111.2. Portland have a better accuracy both from the field (46.6% to 45.8%) and from behind the arc (36% to 34.8%). Oklahoma City on the other hand are better in assists (23.4 to 22.9) and in rebounding (47.9 to 47.6), while both squads commit almost the same number of turnovers per game (13.5 to 13.8). Oklahoma have been underperforming lately and they don’t pose a threat in Portland so pick the hosts in this one.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers -3.5 (-112)