Thunder, Blazers battle in Portland
The Oklahoma City Thunder have won seven games in a row against the Portland Trail Blazers as those two teams do battle for the first time this season on Wednesday night.
Overall the Thunder are 7-0 SU and 6-0-1 ATS in their past seven games against the Trail Blazers dating back to 2012, with the UNDER paying out for totals bettors on the NBA lines in the last four games between Oklahoma City and Portland.
The Trail Blazers sport a record of 15-3 and 13-5 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Thunder sit at 13-3 and 8-8 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 12-6 for the Trail Blazers and 9-7 for the Thunder. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
For bettors going with the Trail Blazers in this one, they were listed earlier as -1-point Favorite on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 205 for Wednesday at shops such as 5Dimes.
The Trail Blazers sit at No. 9 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Thunder are at No. 6 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Trail Blazers will win this game 101-99.
In their last action, Oklahoma City was a 97-95 winner on the road against the Kings. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (192) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Oklahoma City got 27 points and 11 rebounds from Kevin Durant en route to a 97-95 victory over Sacramento on Tuesday at Sleep Train Arena.
In their last action, Portland was a 106-102 winner at home against the Pacers. They covered the 1-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (208) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Portland got 28 points and 10 rebounds from LaMarcus Aldridge en route to a 106-102 victory over Indiana on Monday at Rose Garden.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Portland's No. 5-ranked offense, averaging 104.67 PPG, against a Thunder defense that ranks No. 9 at 98.94 PPG. The Trail Blazers field goal percentage has averaged 45.29% so far, less than the Thunder shooters have achieved on the year, 45.51% per game.
Oklahoma City at Charlotte, Friday, December 6th
Portland home to Utah, Friday, December 6th