Two teams with almost identical records, sitting on the fifth and sixth place of the Western Conference are clashing today, when the Oklahoma City Thunder (22-18), looking to bounce back after a defeat, are hosting the Portland Trail Blazers (21-18), who want to extend a small winning streak.
Date/Time: 01-09-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Oklahoma City Thunder -8
Thunder have a 22-18 record (16-24-0 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 5th place of the West. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Suns with a 100-114 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Russell Westbrook with 24.8 ppg, adding team highs both in rebounding with 9.6 and in assists made, with 10.1 per game. He is followed by Paul George with 20.9 ppg and 5.5 rebounds, while Carmelo Anthony adds 17.6 ppg and 5.9 rebounds per game.
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Blazers have a 21-18 record (18-17-4 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 6thplace of the West. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against the Spurs with a 111-110 score. They are led in scoring by Damian Lillard with 24.9 ppg, adding 4.8 rebounds and a team high 6.3 assists per game but he is out with an injury. He is followed by CJ McCollum with 21.3 ppg, while Jusuf Nurkic adds 14.6 ppg and a team high 8 rebounds per game.
In their previous matchup earlier this season, Blazers won at home with a 103-99 score. Thunder are 14-6 at home so far this season, while Blazers are 11-8 on the road. Thunder are better both offensively, scoring 104.8 ppg to Blazers’ 102.9 and defensively, allowing a third-best 101.2 ppg to Blazers’ 101.8. Thunder have a better field goal percentage (45.4% to 44.8%), while Blazers have a better 3-point percentage (37.2% to 35.7%). Blazers are better in rebounding (44.8 to 44.1), while Thunder are better in assists made, with 21.1 to Blazers’ league-low of 18.8. Blazers stand no chance in Oklahoma City without Lillard and Vegas odds give Thunder a -8 spread which they are expected to beat easily today.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder -8 (-108)
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