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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 4/19/19 NBA - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Portland Trail Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder
Date & Time Friday April 19, 2019, 9:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Chesapeake Energy Arena
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The Line
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -7 -- Over/Under: 221.5
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Friday in game three of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Portland Trail Blazers can all but put this series to bed with a victory here to go up 3-0. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 109 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 96.5 points on 40.2 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 29.5 points and five assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 28.5 points and seven rebounds. Enes Kanter is the third double-digit scorer and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 42.1 percent from beyond the arc and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 16.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won six of their last nine road games.

The Oklahoma City Thunder need a victory here to cut the series deficit to 1-2 and take their season off of life support. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 96.5 points on 40.2 percent shooting and allowing 109 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Paul George is averaging 26.5 points and nine rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 19 points and 10.5 assists. Steven Adams is the third double-digit scorer and Dennis Schroder is dishing 2.5 assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 16.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 42.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder

The Trail Blazers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Friday games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 road games. The Thunder are 4-14 ATS in their last 18 vs. Western Conference, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Northwest and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 2 days rest. The Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The under is 9-4 in Thunder last 13 home games. The under is 6-2-1 in Trail Blazers last 9 road games.

I'm not counting the Oklahoma City Thunder out of this series just yet, as they're more than capable of winning both home games and giving themselves a shot in game five back in Portland. Role players play better at home and the two extra days should help Paul George get even more comfortable as he continues to rehab his shoulder. I expect OKC to win this game. However, in terms of the point spread, this line is rather surprising. The Portland Trail Blazers have easily been the better team through the first two games and have now won seven of the last 11 meetings against OKC. The Thunder have also failed to cover seven of their last 11 games when favored by five or more points. This spread just seems a bit crazy. I have OKC winning, but from a betting standpoint, the points with the Trail Blazers are hard to pass up. 

Pick:
Portland Trail Blazers +7

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