Thunder Blazers Betting Preview
The Oklahoma City Thunder are 4-0 both SU and ATS over their past four games against the Portland Trail Blazers as those Western Conference clubs hit the hardwood together on Sunday night.
Oklahoma City got past Portland 106-92 in the first meeting of the season between those teams on November 2, covering the 8.5-point spread at home. Three of the last four games between the Thunder and the Blazers have turned into OVER results.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Trail Blazers are 20-16 so far on the season, and 17-18-1 ATS vs. the number. The Thunder, meanwhile, are 28-8 and 21-13-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Portland go 17-19 and the Thunder go 17-17-2 on the totals.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 2-rated Thunder taking on the No. 19-rated Trail Blazers in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 109-98 win for the Thunder on Sunday.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Thunder rank No. 9 in the league with 43.4 per game. That compares with Portland’s No. 20 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Portland is the NBA’s No. 7-ranked team at 8.4 per game, while the Thunder rate No. 11 with 7.7 per contest.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Thunder own the league's No. 10-rated mark, allowing 96.7 points per game when playing on the road. Portland, on the other hand, rates No. 13 in scoring on their home court.
Last time out for Oklahoma City, they were a 116-101 winner as they battled the Lakers on the road. The Thunder covered in the match as a 6.5-point favorite, while 217 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Los Angeles was victimized by Kevin Durant for 42 points as the Thunder defeated the Lakers 116-101 in NBA action on Friday.
Portland lost its last outing, a 103-97 result against the Warriors on January 11. The Trail Blazers covered in that game as an 8-point underdog, while the 200 combined points took the game OVER the total. Damian Lillard was dynamite, scoring 37 points and adding 6 rebounds but Golden State still won, 103-97, over Portland on Friday at Oracle Arena.
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing Phoenix are 8-2
After playing LA Lakers are 8-2
After a win are 7-3
Portland Trail Blazers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Denver are 8-2
After playing Golden State are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4
A few Thunder at Trail Blazers trends to consider:
Oklahoma City is 19-4 SU in its last 23 games
Oklahoma City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Portland
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games when playing on the road against Portland
Oklahoma City is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Portland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Portland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Portland's last 5 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Portland's last 10 games at home
Oklahoma City at Phoenix, Monday, January 14
Portland at Denver, Tuesday, January 15