Oklahoma City Thunder vs Portland Trail Blazers

 

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Two Western Conference teams will face off against each other on Monday as the Oklahoma City Thunder travel to the Moda Center to take on the Portland Trail Blazers. Oklahoma City enters this game with a 6-9 record after losing to Los Angeles on the road by eight points in its last game while Portland enters this game with a 9-6 record after beating New York at home by three points in its last game. This game will start at 10:00 P.M. EST.

Thunder Look To Snap Their Losing Streak

The Oklahoma City Thunder enter this game in terrible form as they have lost each of their last three games including an eight-point road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in their last game. In that game, Oklahoma City’s offense was very underwhelming as it only scored 100 points while shooting just 20.0% from the three-point line. To make matters worse, the Thunder have lost five of their last six games as they have been struggling a lot over the past two weeks. However, Oklahoma City has still won five of its first eight road games this season as it has looked consistently solid in opposing arenas.

Leading the Thunder offensively is shooting guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander who is averaging a team-high 21.6 points per game along with a team-high 6.4 assists per game and a team-high 6.8 assists per game. In addition, he is shooting 50.9% from the floor as he has been very efficient offensively up to this point.

Following the loss to Los Angeles, Oklahoma City coach Mark Daigneault was surprisingly content due to the adjustments that his team made over the past few days.

“Coming out of the game on Friday, there were some real tangible things we wanted to improve at, and I thought we did that tonight, for the most part. It was a net positive day for us.”

Portland Looks For Another Home Win

The Portland Trail Blazers enter this game on a high note after defeating the New York Knicks by three points at home in their last game. In that game, Portland’s offense was great as it scored 116 points while shooting 91.3% from the free throw line. That game was particularly unique since Portland had to overcome a bit of rust following an unexpected layoff due to the coronavirus. Now, Portland will be looking for another home victory on Monday. However, the Trail Blazers have won just five of their first nine home games this season as they have looked surprisingly vulnerable at the Moda Center up to this point.

Leading the Trail Blazers offensively is point guard Damian Lillard who is averaging a team-high 28.1 points per game along with a team-high 6.7 assists per game. However, he is also averaging a team-high 3.1 turnovers per game as he has struggled with his ball security.

Portland’s most underrated player is center Enes Kanter who is averaging 10.1 points per game along with a team-high 9.3 rebounds per game. In addition, he is shooting a ridiculous 62.1% from the floor as he has displayed fantastic touch in the paint all season long.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

Portland enters this game following a solid home win while Oklahoma City has lost each of its last three games so I think that both of these teams are headed in opposite directions. Plus, Portland ranks eighth in the league in offensive efficiency while Oklahoma City ranks 30th in the league in offensive efficiency so I think that the Thunder will struggle to score enough points in order to cover this point spread. Oklahoma City might also still be without one of its best players in Horford so I think that Portland will win this home game by seven points.

Prediction:
Portland Trail Blazers -5.5

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

Oklahoma City has been a pretty good under team this season due to its below average offense and its underrated defense so I think that this total is a bit too high. Oklahoma City ranks last in the league in offensive efficiency while also ranking 19th in the league in defensive efficiency so I think that this game should land somewhere in the 210s. Plus, both of these teams had to play last night so I expect fatigue to play a huge factor in the second half which will lead to fewer points. This game should end somewhere in the realm of 112-105 so I think that there is some value with the under in this spot.

Prediction:
Under 222.5

Half-Time Side Pick
Rating:

Oklahoma City was expected to be one of the worst teams in the league this season and it has started to play like it after a hot start so I think that Portland is simply the much more talented basketball team. Oklahoma City should also have no answer for Lillard on the perimeter so I expect the Thunder to get off to a slow start over the first 24 minutes of this game. Plus, Portland has a rebounding rate of 48.0 while Oklahoma City has a rebounding rate of 46.6 so I think that the Trail Blazers will be able to record enough second chance points in order to cover this first half spread.

Prediction:
Portland Trail Blazers 1H