The Portland Trail Blazers (10-26) travel to face off against the Oklahoma City Thunder (25-11) on Thursday, January 11th. This game will be played at Paycom Center in Oklahoma City and televised on BSO. The Thunder are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Trail Blazers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Heat. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Trail Blazers vs Thunder
The Trail Blazers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Jerami Grant scored 21 for Portland against the Knicks which was the most on the team. His field goal percentage for the game was 38.4%. Anfernee Simons contributed 12 points, but Portland lost the game 112-84.
In non-conference games, the Trail Blazers have gone 5-6 this season while posting a 5-20 record against Western Conference opponents. Overall, the Trail Blazers are 10-26 and have gone 1-2 in their last three games.
Portland comes in with an overall ATS record of 16-20 so far this season. On the road, the Trail Blazers have an ATS record of 10-10 compared to a 6-10 record vs. the spread at home.
The Thunder Are Coming Off A Win
In the Thunder’s most recent game against the Heat, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 28 points while going 11/17 from the field. As the Thunder secured the victory with a final score of 128-120, Chet Holmgren also chipped in with 23 points.
Currently, the Thunder are 2nd in the Western Conference and are 2nd in the Northwest division. Overall, they have a record of 25-11 and are 2-1 in their last three games.
In terms of the spread, Oklahoma City currently holds an ATS record of 25-11, which is above .500. On the road, the Thunder have an ATS record of 11-6 compared to a 14-5 record vs. the spread at home.
Trail Blazers Offense Breakdown
Portland has recorded an average of 108.3 points per game (29th) throughout 36 games games.
Portland’s offense has struggled this season, ranking just 29th in the league with 108.3 points per game. On the road, the Blazers are averaging 106.4 points per game.
When it comes to two-point shooting, Portland is 30th in the NBA with a 48% success rate. Overall, the team is shooting just 43% from the field, which is also 30th in the league.
So far this season, the Blazers have been outscored by the NBA scoring average in 77.8% of their games. In terms of pace, Portland is 17th in the league at 98.9 possessions per game.
Thunder Offense Breakdown
Coming into today’s action, Oklahoma City is averaging 122.3 points per contest. This figure places them 4th in the league.
This season, the Thunder have been one of the most efficient three-point shooting teams in the NBA. They are currently shooting 39% from beyond the arc, which is the best mark in the league. On average, they are making 13.2 three-pointers per game.
When it comes to two-point shooting, the Thunder are hitting 57% of their attempts, which is the 4th best mark in the NBA. Overall, they are shooting 50% from the field, which is 2nd in the league.
So far, the Thunder have outscored the NBA scoring average in 77.8% of their games. At home, they are averaging 124.4 points per game, compared to 120.0 on the road.
Trail Blazers Team Defense
The Trail Blazers’ defense is presently ranked 17th in the league, allowing an average of 116.2 points per contest. Inside the arc, the Trail Blazers defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 58.7% and 33.7% from three-point territory.
Thunder Team Defense
On defense, the Thunder come into the game ranked 15th in the league in points allowed at 114.8 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 124 points per contest (29th). In the terms of takeaways, Thunder are causing 11.7 turnovers per game, ranking 3rd in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 1st in rejections, averaging 6.4 blocked shots each game.
Key Players For The Trail Blazers And Thunder
In today’s game, our projections have Anfernee Simons leading the Trail Blazers with 22 points on 8/17 shooting from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 24.6 points per game, in addition to 3.5 rebounds.
As for Oklahoma City, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is projected to be the primary scorer for the Thunder. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 29, and adding 5 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 55.2%, and his scoring average is 31.4 points per game.
Trail Blazers vs Thunder Trends
- When looking at their past ten road matchups, Portland has an ATS record of 4-6 while averaging 106 per game. The team went 2-8 overall in these games.
- In their last ten games at home, the Thunder have a straight up record of 5-5 while going 5-5 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 120 points per game in these contests.
- Going back to their previous five games as the underdog, Portland has an ATS mark of 1-4 while going 1-4 straight up.
- Although the Thunder have a strong straight up record in their last three games as the betting favorite, they have not done as well vs the spread going 1-2.
Not only do we have the Thunder winning this one by a score of 118-102, but we see them covering the spread. Our pick is to grab the Thunder at -13.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 233.5 and our model has the Trail Blazers and Thunder finishing with a combined 220 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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