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Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trail Blazers - 4/16/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trail Blazers
Date & Time Tuesday April 16, 2019, 10:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Moda Center
Portland, Oregon
The Line
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -2 -- Over/Under: 221.5
TV Channel
TNT
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The Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers meet Tuesday in game two of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at the Moda Center.

The Oklahoma City Thunder hope to tie up the series at 1-1 before heading home for game three on Friday. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 99 points on 39.8 percent shooting and allowing 104 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 24 points and 10 assists while Paul George is averaging 26 points and 10 rebounds. Steven Adams is the third double-digit scorer and Dennis Schroder is dishing three assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 15.2 percent from beyond the arc and 87 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 44 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 49 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won four of their last seven road games.

The Portland Trail Blazers can take control of this series with another victory and a 2-0 lead. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 104 points on 41.9 percent shooting and allowing 99 points on 39.8 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 30 points and four assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 24 points and six rebounds. Enes Kanter is the third double-digit scorer and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing seven rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 44 percent from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 15.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won each of their last nine home games.

The Thunder are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games, 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games and 4-14 ATS in their last 18 vs. Western Conference. The Trail Blazers are 8-24-2 ATS in their last 34 Conference Quarterfinals games, 19-8 ATS in their last 27 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Tuesday games. The Thunder are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Portland and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 15-5-1 in Trail Blazers last 21 home games. The over is 3-1-1 in Thunder last 5 road games.

The Portland Trail Blazers are a tough team at home and are an even tougher out when CJ and Lillard both have it going. The concern you have to have is that the Thunder shot under 40 percent from the field and still had their chances to win. Paul George had one of the worst shooting performances of his life and OKC was still within one point late in the game. George says his performance had to do with him not getting any shots up these past few days and with his shoulder feeling better, he was able to practice Monday and get back in a routine. Assuming everything is good to go, the Oklahoma City Thunder should have the edge here. It's also worth mentioning that the Thunder have won outright 12 of their last 19 games when an underdog. I'll take the free bucket with OKC.

Pick:
Oklahoma City Thunder +2

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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