Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers Point Spread Betting Pick
The Oklahoma City Thunder will look to increase their four-game lead over the Portland Trail Blazers in the Northwest standings this Tuesday night when these two division foes battle it out at the Moda Center. Tip-off is set for 10 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast nationally on NBA TV.
Point Spread: Portland -1.5
Total Line: 212.5
Thunder vs. Trail Blazers Game Overview
The Thunder continue to roll through the regular season with a straight-up 8-2 record in their last 10 games. They are coming off Sunday's 112-100 victory over New York as nine-point home favorites to improve to 41-12 SU and 31-22 against the spread. Oklahoma City will now go on the road where it is 18-9 SU with a 16-11 record ATS. The total went OVER the 198.5-point line against the Knicks and it has now gone OVER in six of its last eight games.
Kevin Durant continues to score points at a torrid pace after dropping 41 on New York in Sunday's win. He leads the NBA with 31.2 points a game while adding 7.6 rebounds and 5.5 assists. With Russell Westbrook out of the lineup until later this month, the Thunder have gotten a strong performance from both Reggie Jackson and Derek Fisher in his place. Serge Ibaka has also been a force with 15.3 points and a team-high 8.8 rebounds a game. Oklahoma City is averaging 105.1 points and shooting 47.6 percent from the field.
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Portland has fallen a bit off the pace in the division title race with a 5-5 SU record in its last 10 games, but it is still holding down the third spot in the West at 36-15 SU. The Trail Blazers have now alternated losses and wins in their last six games after beating Minnesota 117-110 this past Saturday as four-point road favorites. They have covered in their last three games to improve to 28-23 ATS on the year. This includes an even 12-12 mark ATS at home and the total has gone OVER in 15 of the 24 games.
One of the main reasons for Portland's dramatic turnaround from last season has been its ability to score points and control the boards. It is ranked first in the NBA in both categories with 108 points and 46.5 rebounds a game. Defensively, the Blazers have had their issues at times by allowing an average of 103.5 points, which is ranked 27th in the league. LaMarcus Aldridge leads all scorers with 24.1 points and he is pulling down a team-high 11.5 rebounds a game. Portland has four additional players scoring in double figures and it is shooting 45.2 percent from the field (38.1 percent from 3-point range).
The Thunder are 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games playing on one day's rest. The total has gone OVER in five of their last six games following a SU win.
The Trail Blazers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 division games, but just 2-6 ATS in their last eight games playing on two days' rest. The total has stayed UNDER in three of their last five games against a team from the Northwest.
Head-to-head in this rivalry, the favorite is 16-5-1 ATS in the last 22 meetings and the total has stayed UNDER in six of the last seven games. Portland has a 2-1 edge both SU and ATS in the first three games this season and the total has stayed UNDER in the last two contests.
Oklahoma City won the last meeting in late January by eight points at home as a 6.5-point favorite. Given their current form, I really like the Thunder's chances to go on the road as underdogs and even the season series at two games a piece with a SU win.