Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 12/16/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (11-15) at Oklahoma City Thunder (16-8)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -9.5 -- Over/Under: 209.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: KGW, FSOK
The Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Wednesday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Portland Trail Blazers look for a statement victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 102 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 102 points on 44 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 24.7 points and 6.7 assists while C.J. McCollum is averaging 19.7 points and 3.4 rebounds. Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 7.1 rebounds and Mason Plumlee is dishing 2.6 assists. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 73.1 percent from the free throw line. The Trail Blazers are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 11.3 turnovers per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have lost seven of their last 10 road games.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder look to build on their current five-game winning streak. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 107.6 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 100.7 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 27.5 points and 7.9 rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 26.1 points and 9.6 assists. Serge Ibaka is grabbing 7.2 rebounds and Dion Waiters is dishing two assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free throw line. The Thunder are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 13.5 turnovers per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won six straight home games.
The Trail Blazers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. Western Conference and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Thunder are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Northwest. The Trail Blazers are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Oklahoma City and 4-10-1 ATS in the last 15 meetings overall.
I really like this Trail Blazers team, however, they've been awful on the road. Meanwhile, the Thunder are finally finding some consistency as of late and continue to play well in OKC. I'm not thrilled laying this much chalk against Portland, but I see the Thunder rolling in this one.