Blazers vs. Thunder Pick
Will the Oklahoma City Thunder be able to hold off the Portland Trail Blazers at home when the two meet tonight at 8PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Thunder are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -6 points against the Blazers. The over/under total is listed at 221.5 points. The home team has won and covered in all three meetings this season.
The Thunder and struggling right now, losing three straight to fall to 35-28 overall and 23-8 at home. OKC is comfortably in the seventh spot in the West right now, but ½ game out of the sixth position. OKC is 34-28-1 against the spread this season and 21-9-1 ATS at home. The Thunder are averaging 106.1 points per game on offense while allowing 106.2 on defense. At home, the offense is putting up 110.3 points per game while allowing 103.9. Russell Westbrook is leading the team with 31.7 points, 10.6 rebounds and 10 assists per game. Enes Kanter is adding 14.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Victor Oladipo, the team’s second-leading scorer, is sidelined right now with back spasms.
Portland has won two straight coming into tonight, including a 114-109 win over OKC at home on March 2. The Blazers are now 26-35 overall on the season but just 10-22 on the road. They are two games behind Denver for the eighth seed in the playoffs. Portland is 25-36 against the spread this season, including 11-21 ATS on the road. The Blazers are scoring 107.9 points per game but allowing 110.2 on defense. On the road, they allow 112.1 points per contest. Damian Lillard is averaging 26 points and 5.9 assists per game to lead the Blazers while CJ McCollum is adding 23.3 points per contest.
The Blazers are on a nice little stretch, but that was at home. Away from Portland, its defense is a mess. That won’t work out well against this OKC team that piles up the points quickly on offense. While the Thunder have dropped three straight, they have won their last four at home, scoring 109 points or more in each win. Westbrook should lead his team to another strong showing at home.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER -6