The Portland Trail Blazers (12-30) travel to face off against the Oklahoma City Thunder (29-13) on Tuesday, January 23rd. 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 Timberwolves. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Trail Blazers vs Thunder
The Trail Blazers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In the game against the Lakers, Malcolm Brogdon was the top scorer for Portland, recording 23 points. His field goal percentage for the game was 46.7%. While Anfernee Simons was 2nd on the team with 19 points, Portland fell short in the game with a final score of 134-110.
Overall, the Trail Blazers are 12-30 and have gone 2-1 in their last three games. At home, they are 7-12 compared to 5-18 on the road.
Portland has an overall ATS record of 19-23 for the season so far. Portland has failed to cover the spread in four straight road games and are 10-13 ATS on the road compared to 9-10 at home.
The Thunder Are Coming Off A Win
The Thunder took down the Timberwolves in their most recent game with a final score of 102-97. The start of the second half saw the Thunder in the lead, at 57-54.
Coming into today’s matchup vs. the Trail Blazers, the Thunder have a winning record above .500 at 29-13. At home, the Thunder have gone 16-5 this season while going 13-8 on the road.
Oklahoma City is currently performing above .500 against the spread with an ATS record of 29-13. Oklahoma City has covered the spread in two straight road games and are 13-8 ATS on the road compared to 16-5 at home.
Trail Blazers Offense Breakdown
Portland has recorded an average of 107.5 points per game (30th) throughout 42 games games.
So far this season, the Blazers have struggled to score, ranking 30th in the league at just 107.5 points per game. This is also their scoring average on the road, where they are 30th in the NBA.
Portland is last in the NBA in field goal percentage at 43%. They are also last in two-point field goal percentage at 48%. In terms of three-point shooting, the Blazers are 23rd in the league at 35%.
When it comes to pace, the Blazers are 18th in the league at 98.6 possessions per game. In terms of assists, Portland is last in the NBA at 22.1 per game.
Thunder Offense Breakdown
For the season, the Oklahoma City offense is the 3rd ranked unit in the NBA, at 121.7 points per contest.
At home this season, the Thunder have been one of the NBA’s highest-scoring teams. They are averaging 124.5 points per game at home, which is 3rd in the league. Overall, Oklahoma City is 3rd in the NBA in scoring at 121.7 points per game.
So far, the Thunder have outscored the NBA scoring average in 73.8% of their games. In terms of pace, Oklahoma City is 10th in the league at 99.8 possessions per game.
When it comes to shooting, the Thunder are 2nd in the NBA in field goal percentage at 50%. They are also one of the league’s best three-point shooting teams, ranking 2nd in three-point shooting percentage at 39%.
Trail Blazers Team Defense
So far, the Trail Blazers’ defense is ranked 19th in the league at 117.1 points per contest. On two point field goal attempts, the Trail Blazers’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 59.0% and allowing 34.7% from beyond the arc.
Thunder Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Thunder’s defense is giving up an average of 113.7 points per contest. Oklahoma City’s defense is currently forcing 11.6 turnovers per game, which is 2nd in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 2nd in blocked shots, with an average of 6.4 rejections per game.
Key Players For The Trail Blazers And Thunder
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Anfernee Simons will be the primary scorer for the Trail Blazers, with 21 points and going 7/17 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 22.8 points per game, in addition to 3.4 rebounds.
On the other side, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is our projected leading scorer for the Thunder. We have him ending the game with a team-high 29 and grabbing 5 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 54.9%, and he is contributing 31.1 points per game on average.
Trail Blazers vs Thunder Trends
- Through their last three road games, Portland has an ATS record of just 0-3. However, their overall record was 0-3 while averaging 93 points per game.
- Oklahoma City has played well in their previous three home games, going 2-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 117 points per game while allowing 118. The team also performed well vs the spread at 2-1.
- In their last five games as the betting underdog, the Trail Blazers have a straight up record of 2-3 and an ATS mark of 3-2.
- As the betting favorite, the Thunder have an ATS record of 2-1 in their last three games. In these matchups, their straight up record was 2-1.
For a point-spread bet in this Trail Blazers vs. Thunder matchup, we’re leaning towards the Trail Blazers at +14. Although our projections show the Thunder winning 119-107, we suggest placing your bet on the Trail Blazers for the point-spread.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 235.5, and our model projects the Trail Blazers and Thunder to reach a combined total of 226 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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