The Oklahoma City Thunder (9-4) travel to face off against the Portland Trail Blazers (3-9) on Sunday, November 19th. This game will be played at Moda Center in Moda Center and televised on ROOT. 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 Warriors. Tip-off is set for 9:00 ET.
Thunder vs Trail Blazers
The Thunder Are Coming Off A Win
The Thunder won vs. the Warriors in their most recent game, ending with a score of 130-123. The Thunder faced the Warriors as +2.5 underdogs, achieving both a straight-up and ATS win in the game. Before the game, the over/under line was 236 points, and both teams ended up surpassing that mark.
Coming into today’s matchup, the Thunder will be looking to build on their current four game winning streak and their overall record is currently 9-4. Away from their home court, the Thunder have a 5-1 record this season, in contrast to their 4-3 record at home.
Oklahoma City has an ATS record above .500, currently standing at 10-3 against the spread. During this season, Oklahoma City has a 4-2 record against the spread as favorites and 6-1 as underdogs.
The Trail Blazers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Most recently, the Trail Blazers lost to the Lakers with a final score of 107-95. The Trail Blazers picked up the win despite trailing going into halftime 60-50.
So far this season, the Trail Blazers has a record of 3-9, as they look to get closer to the .500 mark vs. the Thunder. The Western Conference sees the Trail Blazers currently at 14th, and in the Northwest division, they are 5th.
For this season, Portland has an ATS record of 5-7, along with an ongoing three game losing streak against the spread. When playing on the road, the Trail Blazers hold an ATS record of 4-3 in contrast to a 1-4 record against the spread when playing at home.
Thunder Offense Breakdown
Heading into play, the Thunder’s offense is rated 6th in the league in scoring, averaging 118.5 points per contest. In terms of pace, the Thunder are one of the top units in the NBA, averaging 101.3 possessions per game. Oklahoma City has been highly effective on the offensive end, thanks to their combination of an up-tempo playing style and one of the league’s top effective field goal percentages, standing at 56%.
Trail Blazers Offense Breakdown
In 12 games games, Portland has an average of 103.9 points per game (30th). So far, the Trail Blazers are averaging 99.3 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. If the Trail Blazers offense is going to turn things around, they will need to either generate more possessions or improve their overall efficiency. Currently, they are just 30th ranked team in 3-point shooting percentage.
The Thunder’s defense is presently ranked 13th in the league, allowing an average of 112.3 points per contest.
Oklahoma City’s defense is currently forcing 13.6 turnovers per game, which is 13th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 5th in blocked shots, with an average of 6 rejections per game.
Trail Blazers Team Defense
The Trail Blazers’ defense is presently ranked 12th in the league, allowing an average of 111.3 points per contest.
On two point field goal attempts, the Trail Blazers’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 56.8% and allowing 32.5% from beyond the arc.
Key Players For The Thunder And Trail Blazers
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will be the primary scorer for the Thunder, with 18 points and going 7/13 from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 29.8 points per game, along with 6.5 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Jerami Grant as the leading scorer for the Trail Blazers. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 18 while also collecting 4 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 42.9% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 22.7 points per game.
- Although Oklahoma City has a straight up record of 7-3 in their last ten road games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 7-3. The team averaged 115 points per game in these games.
- When looking at their past five home matchups, Portland has an ATS record of 4-1 while averaging 107 per game. The team went 2-3 overall in these games.
- Going back to their previous three games as the underdog, Portland has an ATS mark of 0-3 while going 0-3 straight up.
- As the betting favorite, the Thunder have an ATS mark of just 6-4 in their last ten games. Oklahoma City posted a straight up mark of 7-3 in these matchups.
Thunder vs Trail Blazers Prediction
Our bet is on the Thunder for a win, and we project the score to be 109-100. Additionally, we expect them to cover the spread, so our recommendation is to wager on the Thunder with the spread at -7.5.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 226, and our model predicts the Thunder and Trail Blazers to score a combined 209 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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