Two teams tied in the third place of the Western conference are clashing in this high caliber duel, when the Portland Trail Blazers (39-25), looking to bounce back after their latest defeat, are hosting the struggling Oklahoma City Thunder (39-25), who have won only once in their last 6 games.
Date/Time: 03-07-2019, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Portland Trail Blazers -3.5
Portland Trail Blazers have a 39-25 record (37-27 against the spread) so far this season and re currently tied with the Thunder in the third place of the West. They have lost two of their last three matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Grizzlies with a 111-120 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Damian Lillard with 25.9 ppg, adding 4.6 boards and a team high 6.4 dimes per game. He is followed by CJ McCollum with 21.1 ppg and 4 boards per game.
Oklahoma City Thunder have a 39-25 record (33-31 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Blazers in the third place of the West. They have lost five of their last six matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Timberwolves with a 120-131 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Paul George with 28.6 ppg, adding 8 boards and 4.2 dimes per game. He is followed by Russell Westbrook with 22.7 ppg, adding team highs both in boards grabbed with 11.2 and in dimes made with 10.7 per game.
Thunder have won all three previous meetings against the Blazers this season, winning the previous road game with a 109-111 score. Blazers have a 24-8 home record, while the Thunder are 17-16 on the road. Thunder are better offensively, scoring 115.3 ppg to Blazers’ 113.6, while Blazers are better defensively, allowing 110.2 ppg to Thunder’s 111.2. Blazers have better percentages both in field goals (46.6% to 45.8%) and in 3-pointers (36% to 34.8%). Thunder are better both in boards grabbed (47.9 to 47.6) and in dimes made (23.4 to 22.9), while both teams are almost equal in turnovers committed (13.5 to 13.8). Blazers are the favorite and Vegas odds give them a -3.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds against a struggling lately Thunder team.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers -3.5 (-112)
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