Oklahoma City Thunder (6-9) at Portland Trail Blazers (8-6)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 25, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center at the Rose Quarter)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 222 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Portland Trailblazers play host to the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Moda Center on Monday night.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been in rough shape this season as they’ve lost nine of their first 15 games and they will be hoping to arrest a three-game slide after falling to the Clippers in a 108-100 road loss on Sunday. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the team with 23 points and seven assists, George Hill added 22 points, Hamidou Diallo scored 14 points off the bench while Isaiah Roby chipped in with 10 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. As a team, the Thunder shot 44 percent from the field and seven of 35 from the 3-point line but they were always fighting a losing battle after allowing the Clippers to outscore them by 36-19 in the first quarter. Mike Muscala finished with just seven points on three of 12 shooting, Luguentz Dort scored four points on two of 10 shooting while Aleksej Pokusevski scored two points on one of eight shooting.
Meanwhile, the Portland Trailblazers have been in great form lately as they’ve won six of their past eight games and they will be looking to stay hot after last night’s 116-113 win over the Knicks. Damian Lillard led the team with 39 points and eight assists on 11 of 17 shooting, Anfernee Simons added 16 points off the bench while Derrick Jones Jr. chipped in with 14 points. As a team, the Trailblazers shot 47 percent from the field and 17 of 46 from the 3-point line as they dominated poured in 70 points in the first half to lead by as many as 25 points early on, before having to hold on for the narrow win as the Knicks came roaring back with 36 points in the fourth quarter.
Looking at the betting trends, the Thunder are 22-9 ATS in their last 31 games as a road underdog, 0-5 ATS in their last five games playing on zero days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. The Trailblazers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games and 0-6 ATS in their last six home games against a team with a winning road record.
The Trailblazers will be relieved that they were able to escape with the narrow win over the Knicks last night after leading by as many as 25 points, while the Thunder will be keen for any win they can get after Sunday’s loss to the Clippers. The Thunder are 22-9 ATS in their last 31 games as a road underdog, but just 0-5 ATS in their last five games playing on zero days rest. The Trailblazers are still shorthanded as CJ McCollum continues to miss time, but I think they have enough role players around Lillard to get the job done against a struggling Thunder team.