Two Western Conference teams that are currently locked with two more in the third playoff place are clashing tonight, when the Oklahoma City Thunder (37-27), who have won their last three, are visiting the Portland Trail Blazers (36-26), who have won their last five and both teams are looking to extend those winning streaks.
Date/Time: 03-03-2018, 22:00 EDT
Spread: Portland Trail Blazers -4.5
Portland are 36-26 (31-26-5 against the spread) so far in the league and are currently tied with three more teams in the 3rd place of the West. They are 7-1 in their last 8 and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Minnesota at home with a 108-99 score. Damian Lillard leads the team in scoring with 26.3 ppg, adding 4.5 boards and a team-best 6.6 dimes per game. CJ McCollum follows with 21.6 ppg, while Jusuf Nurkic adds 14.1 ppg and a team-best 8.3 boards per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersOklahoma are 37-27 (26-38-0 against the spread) so far in the league and are currently tied with three more teams in the 3rd place of the West. They are 5-1 in their last 6 and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Phoenix on the road with a 124-116 score. Russell Westbrook leads the team in scoring with 25.2 ppg, adding team-bests both in boards with 9.7 and in dimes, with 10.3 per game. Paul George follows with 22.3 ppg and 5.6 boards, while Carmelo Anthony adds 16.9 ppg and 6 boards per game.
Portland have won both previous meetings against Oklahoma earlier this season, by 4 points at home and by 11 on the road. Portland have a 19-11 home record this season, while Oklahoma are 16-16 on the road. Oklahoma have a better offense with 106.7 ppg to Portland’s 105.2, while Portland have a better defense, allowing 103.4 ppg to Oklahoma’s 103.7. Portland have a better accuracy from behind the arc with 37.57% to Oklahoma’s 34.97%, while both teams have almost the same accuracy from inside the arc (45.26% and 45.24%) and grab the same number of rebounds (45.2 and 45). Oklahoma dish more assists, with 21.2 to Portland’s league-low of 19. Both teams have been hot lately but Portland have been strong at home and expect them to win by more than 5 points tonight.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers -4.5 (-107)