Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 3/14/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (34-32) at Oklahoma City Thunder (44-22)
NBA Basketball: Monday, March 14, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -8 -- Over/Under: 220 See the Latest Odds
The Portland Trailblazers invade the Chesapeake Energy Arena to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday.
The Trailblazers have lost four of their last six games overall but they'll be full of confidence following their 121-84 win over the Magic on Saturday. Damian Lillard led the way with 19 points and 10 assists while CJ McCollum and Allen Crabbe added 18 points each as the Blazers dominated the Magic by 63-42 in the first half and never looked back. As a team, the Blazers shot 56 percent from the field and 17 of 35 from the 3-point line in one of the most dominant performances of the season. WIth the win, Portland improves to 35-32 overall which is currently good enough for sixth place in the Western Conference standings.
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Meanwhile, the Thunder were rolling through opponents midway through the season but they've lost eight of their last 12 games and are in danger of losing a third straight following Saturday's 93-85 loss at San Antonio. Kevin Durant led the way with a game-high 28 points and eight assists while Russell Westbrook added 19 points and seven assists, but the Thunder really needed a third scoring weapon and they just couldn't find one. Serge Ibaka scored just seven points on three of 13 shooting while Dion Waiters missed his second straight game following the death of his brother earlier in the week. Looking at the Western Conference standings, Oklahoma City are still in third place with an overall record of 44-22, but their recent slump has them just one game ahead of the Clippers who currently sit in fourth place.
In ATS trends, the Blazers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall, while the Thunder are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games following a loss and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five home games.
Head to head, the Blazers are 5-11-1 ATS in the last 17 meetings overall and just 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings in Oklahoma City.
For one reason or another, the Thunder just haven't been able to string wins together lately and it's starting to become a worrying trend. With players like Durant and Westbrook, I can't see the Thunder losing a third straight game but the Blazers should be good enough to compete right to the end and come away with the cover.