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(37-27) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trailblazers (36-26)
Date: Saturday March 3rd
Time: 10:00PM EST
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Trailblazers -4
NBA Betting Total: 213.5
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The Oklahoma City Thunder are one of the most exciting teams to watch in the NBA. The team is currently riding a three game win streak, and recently took down the Suns, 124-116. The Trailblazers are also one of the hottest teams in the league since the All Star break. Portland has won five straight.
The last time the Thunder and Trailblazers too the court against each other, was January 9th. The Trailblazers got the win, 117-106 and lead the season series, 2-0.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder are one of the hardest teams to figure out in the NBA this season. The team is loaded with talent, and at times can look like one of the beast teams in the West, but can also look like a struggling non contender. Right now, they look like a contender.
The Thunder recently took down the Phoenix Suns, by eight points in Phoenix. Russell Westbrook was on it against Phoenix. Brodie dropped 43 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and dished 8 assists in the win. The Suns Devin Booker dropped 39, making Russ play that much harder against the terrible Suns.
During their recent winning streak, the Thunder have beaten some of the worst teams in the league this year. OKC has beaten Phoenix, Dallas, Orlando, Sacramento and Memphis. All five teams are tanking this year, and will get lottery picks in the draft. Their only loss during that span was to the Warriors, losing by 32.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Thunder are allowing 103.7 points per game this year. That is good enough to rank them 8th in points allowed this season. The solid team defense has been starting with Paul George. George is arguably the best two way player in the Association this year.
Oklahoma City needs to play motivated on the road. OKC is 16-17 away from Chesapeake Energy this season. Look for a big effort again from Russell Westbrook.
The Portland Trailblazers are starting to click. The team has came out of the All Star break on fire, and have won seven of their last eight games. Portland recently beat the Timberwolves, 108-99. Portland got another great performance from Damian Lillard, who dropped 35 points in the win.
Lillard’s recent play has been a large part of the reason the Trailblazers are currently in the 3rd seed in the West. Lillard is leading the team in scoring this season, with 26.1 points per game this year. His ability to score the ball, and also involve his teammates has Portland playing at a level they have not seen in a long time.
Aside from Lillard’s play this year, the team defense is the reason the team is playing so well this season. Portland is allowing 103.4 points per game this season. Ranking the Trailblazers 6th in points allowed this year. Portland is also good at home. They are 19-11 at the Moda Center this year.
NBA Betting Trends:
- OKC are 36-16-2 ATS in their last 54 Sat. games.
- POR are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 home games.
- Over is 6-2 in POR last 8 home games.
- Home team is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
Free Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trailblazers NBA Prediction:
Oklahoma City could struggle tonight. The Thunder will be playing in their third straight road game, and fourth of their last five on the road. Paul George and Carmelo Anthony are going to need to step up in this one.
Look for the Trailblazers to play motivated at home in this game. Damian Lillard will be more than motivated for this game. Russell Westbrook made a comment about Lillard crying for All Star votes over a month ago.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Trailblazers -4
Expect an entertaining matchup. The Thunder are going to struggle containing Lillard at home. Look for a 30 plus point performace from home, leading to Portland getting the win.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Trailblazers 118 – Thunder 107
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