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Portland Trail Blazers 35-32 (14-20 V) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder 44-22 (26-9 H)
Date: Monday, March 14, 2016
Time: 8:00 PM ET
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Oklahoma City -8
NBA Betting Total: 220
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The Portland Trail Blazers hit the road beginning Monday. They’ll see four-fifths of the Southwest division on their four-game trip, and it all starts with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
These teams tip off at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at 8:00 p.m. ET on Monday, March 14.
Portland Trail Blazers
The last time these teams faced off, Damian Lillard did what he does best: He took over late in the contest, turning the home stretch of the contest into Lillard Time.
In its last 10 outings, Portland is 5-5 with an ATS record of 6-4. On the year, the Blazers are 38-29 ATS in large part because oddsmakers haven’t given them the recognition they deserve.
This has been a theme outside of oddsmakers as well. The Blazers were pegged to finish toward the bottom of the Western Conference before the season began, yet they’re in control of their own playoff destiny at the moment and in full possession of the sixth-best record out West.
The key here is forcing Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to take bad shots. You can pencil in 20-plus points apiece for both superstars, but keeping their shooting percentages low is the ultimate end goal if you’re Portland.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder have been plagued by one crucial Achilles’ heel this season: crunch time.
OKC has struggled to finish close games this season, and Westbrook, as great as he is, has been a huge reason why with his willingness to attack the basket without recognizing better options.
On the year, OKC’s record ATS hasn’t been nearly as impressive as its record SU. Despite being 44-22 SU so far this season, its ATS record is just 27-38 (16-18 at home).
The key in this one is to pull away late if it’s close, but reality is that this team needs a decent lead throughout the fourth quarter to be successful.
If the Thunder have anything close to a double-digit lead during the second half of the fourth quarter, this one should be theirs for the taking.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Trail Blazers are 5-16-1 ATS in their last 22 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Thunder are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
- Thunder are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
Free Orlando Trail Blazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction
Portland should put up a fight in this one, as it always seems to do against the Thunder. But while this one should be tight throughout, expect OKC to pull away at the very end.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: OKC ATS
If Lillard gets hot late, it could be a different story. But expect Durant and Westbrook to be the ones pushing this one in OKC’s direction late in the contest.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder 110- Portland 99
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