Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 1/18/20 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Portland Trail Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder

Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 9:00 PM (Chesapeake Energy Arena)

OKC -4, O/U

The Portland Trail Blazers travel to Oklahoma City, OK on Saturday for a game against the Thunder but first the Trail Blazers must play the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.  In their last game, the Trail Blazers defeated the Houston Rockets by the score of 117-107.  Damian Lillard led the way for the Trail Blazers scoring 25 points while going 8 of 20 from the field and 8 of 8 from the free throw line. Lillard also led Portland in assists on the night with 7, while playing a total of 38 minutes against the Hornets.  Hassan Whiteside led the Trail Blazers in rebounds in the game with 18, including 7 coming offensively. 

Currently, the Trail Blazers have a record of 18-24 and are in 4th place in the Northwest Division.  Portland is led by point guard Damian Lillard who is averaging a team leading 26.8 points per game on the season. Lillard is also the team leader in assists and is averaging 7.6 assists per game. Hassan Whiteside leads the Trail Blazers in rebounding and is averaging 14 per game.  The Trail Blazers enter the game with 2 players listed on their injury report as Mario Hezonja and Damian Lillard are listed as day to day.

The Oklahoma City Thunder welcome the Portland Trail Blazers to town on Saturday, but first must face the Miami Heat on Friday night.  In their last game the Thunder lost by the score of 130-121 against the Toronto Raptors.  The Thunder were led in points by Dennis Schroder who recorded 25 points on the night while shooting 10 of 17 from the field.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder in rebounds against the Raptors as he recorded a total of 6, all coming defensively. Chris Paul led Oklahoma City in assists with 11 in the game while playing a total 34 minutes. 

Oklahoma City is now 23-18 on the year and are in 3rd place in the Northwest Division. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been Oklahoma City’s driving force on offense as he is leading the team in points per game with 20.  Steven Adams has been the Thunder’s most productive rebounder and is averaging 10 rebounds per game.  Chris Paul continues to have a stellar career and is currently leading the Thunder assist man as he is averaging 6.5 assists per game.  The Thunder currently have 2 players listed on their injury report as Abdel Nader and Steven Adams are listed as day to day while Nerlens Noel and Luguentz Dort are listed as out. 

The Portland Trail Blazers have scored an average of 111.7 points per game on the season while allowing 113.6 points per game.  The Oklahoma City Thunder have scored 109.4 points per game this year while allowing 107.9 points per game.  In their last 5 games, both teams are 3-2 but Portland has won 2 games in a row.  These teams have met 3 times this year, Portland has won 102-99 and 136-119 while Oklahoma City won the last meeting 108-96.  Oklahoma City is 13-8 so far this season at home while Portland is 9-14 on the road.  I will be going with the Thunder in this one.  Oklahoma City wins 110-105 and covers the spread.    

Travis’s Pick Oklahoma City Thunder -4

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.