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Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trail Blazers - 4/23/19 NBA Game 5 Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trail Blazers
Date & Time Tuesday April 23, 2019, 10:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Moda Center
Portland, Oregon
The Line
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -3.5 -- Over/Under: 219
TV Channel
TNT
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The Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers meet Tuesday in game five of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at the Moda Center.

The Oklahoma City Thunder need a victory here in order to force a game six on Thursday. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 102.8 points on 41.3 percent shooting and allowing 109.3 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Paul George is averaging 26.8 points and 8.5 rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 21.3 points and 9.8 assists. Dennis Schroder is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing eight rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 30.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77.7 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 41.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have split their last eight road games.

The Portland Trail Blazers look for a victory to advance to the next round and gain extra rest. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 109.3 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 102.8 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 28.8 points and six assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 26.3 points and 6.3 rebounds. Enes Kanter is the third double-digit scorer and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 7.3 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 41.5 percent from beyond the arc and 82.1 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 30.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.5 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won each of their last 10 home games.

The Thunder are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-16 ATS in their last 21 vs. Western Conference. The Trail Blazers are 43-21-1 ATS in their last 65 home games, 21-8 ATS in their last 29 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Thunder are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Portland and the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The over is 15-5-1 in Trail Blazers last 21 home games. The under is 5-1 in Thunder last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.

The Oklahoma City Thunder completely fell apart in the second half of game four and it felt like a team that knows it doesn't have the shooting to compete. OKC has been horrible for the most part offensively in this series, and it's even worse when the Trail Blazers have it going from their star guards. OKC was historically bad on the road in the first two games at the Moda Center and there's not a whole lo that's changed that makes you think this will be different. The Oklahoma City Thunder have failed to cover seven of their last 12 games as an underdog. The Portland Trail Blazers have covered seven of their last nine games as a favorite. I wouldn't be shocked if Westbrook and PG13 go off and give themselves a chance, but these four games have been controlled by the Trial Blazers and they get much easier offense. I have to eat the reasonable chalk. 

Pick:
Portland Trail Blazers -3.5

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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