Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 1/21/14
Portland Trail Blazers (31-10) at Oklahoma City Thunder (31-10)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -3.5 -- Over/Under: 215.5 See the Latest Odds
Kevin Durant looks to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a fourth straight win tonight when they take on the Portland Trailblazers.
The Thunder have won four of their last five and will be going for a fourth straight after blowing past the Kings by 108-93 on Sunday. Kevin Durant stuffed the stat sheet with 30 points, six rebounds, nine assists and four steals while Serge Ibaka added 20 points, but the key to the win was on the defensive end where the Thunder didn't get burned by Isaiah Thomas's big night of 38 points because they shut everyone else down. With the win, OKC improved to 31-10 overall and 18-3 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Trailblazers just had their five-game win streak snapped on Monday when they ran into the streaky Rockets and got blown out in a 126-113 shootout. LaMarcus Aldridge had a monster night of 27 points and 20 rebounds, while Damian Lillard added 24 points, but the Blazers just didn't play with their usual defensive intensity, allowing the Rockets to pour in 71 points in the first half and shoot 16 of 33 from the three point line. With the loss, Portland fall to 31-10 overall and 15-6 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Blazers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games playing on no days rest and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS loss, while the Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the Blazers are 2-6-1 ATS in the last nine meetings and the Under is 19-5-2 in the last 26 meetings in Oklahoma City.
With Durant in sublime form, the Thunder have really looked to have moved past the injury of Russell Westbrook but the Blazers have already beaten the Thunder twice this season so this game will definitely be interesting. However, the news is that Batum is listed as questionable for this game which really puts a spanner in the works, so I'm just going to take the Thunder and hope Batum sits.