Game: Oklahoma City Thunder (24-13, 21-16 ATS) at Portland Trail Blazers (22-16, 19-19 ATS)
When: 10:30 PM ET, Friday, January 4th, 2019
Where: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
Current Line: PK Total: 223.5
Current 1H Line: PK Total: 114
TV Coverage: FS Oklahoma, NBCS Northwest
Both teams are looking to add to their 2-game winning streaks when the Portland Trail Blazers host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night. I’m sure this one means a little more than most for the Thunder, who haven’t won in Portland for almost 5 years!
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OKC last won in Portland in February of 2014, and overall have lost 6 straight to the Blazers. In the last 10 meetings, Portland is 8-2 SU and 7-3 ATS with the OVER/UNDER at 4-5-1.
It really has been a bad stretch for the Thunder against the Blazers, they’re not only losing games, but Portland has been covering too. OKC is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 against Portland and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 in Oregon.
These two are quite evenly matched, OKC are 11th in points per game with 111.9 and Portland are at #14 with 111.3. On the defensive end of the court, the Thunder have the edge at #4 (105.4 OPPG) with the Blazers #16 (110.4).
This one will feature two of the top scorers in the NBA this season in Damian Lillard and Paul George who are tied for 8th in points per game with 26.7. And we haven’t even mentioned Russell Westbrook, who with this triple-triple threat can take over any game when he puts his mind to it.
The total has gone UNDER in Portland’s last 5, and in 4 of their last 5 home games. The UNDER has also cashed in 4 of the last 5 games the Thunder have played on the road.
Expect an intense game in this one, with both teams playing hard both ways. We’ll see some offense, but defense will also be a top priority, take the UNDER.
NBA Free Pick: Thunder/Trail Blazers UNDER 223.5
Free pick by Joe Berra