Date/Time: 02-11-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Oklahoma City Thunder -6
Two of the top-4 squads of the West face off in this game, when the Portland Trail Blazers, who want to return to the winning ways, are visiting the streaky Oklahoma City Thunder, who on the other hand are looking to extend their current winning streak.
Blazers are 33-22 so far in the league and are sitting on the 4th place of the Western Conference. They are 1-2 in their last 3 games and in their latest matchup they got defeated by Dallas on the road, 101-102. Thunder are 36-19 so far in the league and are sitting on the 3rd place of the Western Conference. They are 10-1 in their last 11 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Houston on the road, 117-112.
Top Basketball BookmakersPortland are led in scoring by Damian Lillard with 26.2 ppg. He also adds 4.5 rebounds and leads the team in assists made with 6.4 per game, while CJ McCollum follows with 21.3 ppg, adding 4 rebounds per game. Jusuf Nurkic adds 15.2 ppg and leads the team in rebounding with 10.1 per game. Oklahoma City are led in scoring by Paul George with 28.3 ppg. He also adds 7.9 rebounds and 4 assists per game, while Russell Westbrook follows with 21.2 ppg and leads the team both in assists made with 11.2 and in rebounding with 11.1 per game. Dennis Schroder adds 15.7 ppg and 4.1 assists off the bench.
This will be the third meeting between those two teams so far this season, with Oklahoma having won both previous ones. At home with a 123-114 score and on the road 109-111. Oklahoma are 19-7 at home, while Portland are 10-14 on the road. Oklahoma have both a better offense with 115.2 ppg to Portland’s 113.1 and a better defense, allowing 109.8 ppg to Portland’s 110.2. Portland have a better accuracy both from the field (46.5% to 46.2%) and from behind the arc (36.2% to 35.3%). Oklahoma dish more assists (23.3 to 22.9) and grab more rebounds per game (48 to 47.6) and both squads commit almost the same number of turnovers per game (13.7 to 13.9). Oklahoma have been very strong at home and are playing on a very high level lately, so expect them to win by more than 6 points tonight.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder -6 (-109)