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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 1/22/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Portland Trail Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder
Date & Time Tuesday January 22, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Chesapeake Energy Arena
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The Line
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -5.5 -- Over/Under: 228
TV Channel
NBATV, NSNW, FSOK
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The Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Tuesday in NBA action at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Portland Trail Blazers look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 112.5 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 110.1 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 26.1 points and 6.1 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 20.6 points and 3.8 rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 8.2 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 81.5 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.1 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have split their last eight road games.

The Oklahoma City Thunder look for another victory after losing five of their last eight games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 113.5 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 109 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Paul George is averaging 26.7 points and eight rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 21.8 points and 10.5 assists. Steven Adams is the third double-digit scorer and Dennis Schroder is dishing 4.3 assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 71.3 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.1 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have lost four of their last six home games.

The Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games, 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Thunder are 8-22 ATS in their last 30 vs. NBA Northwest, 4-12 ATS in their last 16 Tuesday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The over is 5-1 in Thunder last 6 overall. The over is 4-1-1 in Trail Blazers last 6 overall.

The Portland Trail Blazers have won eight of the last 10 meetings against the Oklahoma City Thunder, so there's reason to consider the points in this contest. The problem is the Trail Blazers aren't consistent or trustworthy on the road, as they entered last night being outscored by an average of 5.4 points on the road, and they're now on the end of a back to back against two playoff caliber teams. The Thunder also just beat the Trail Blazers on the road a couple of weeks ago, a game in which they kept McCollum in check. That's the issue for Portland. If that backcourt doesn't play at an all star level every night, they struggle to win games. With this OKC defense rolling and at home, I'll eat the reasonable chalk with the Thunder.

Pick:
Oklahoma City Thunder -5.5

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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