Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 4/21/19 NBA - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder
Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 8:30 PM (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -6 -- Over/Under: 223.5
The Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Sunday in game four of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Portland Trail Blazers have another chance to take complete control of this series with a win here and a 3-1 lead. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 108.7 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 104.3 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 30.3 points and 5.3 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 26 points and seven rebounds. Enes Kanter is the third double-digit scorer and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 40.9 percent from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 27.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won six of their last 10 road games.
The Oklahoma City Thunder look to keep the trend alive of the home team winning every game to even things up at 2-2. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 104.3 points on 42.6 percent shooting and allowing 108.7 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Paul George is averaging 25 points and eight rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 23.7 points and 10.7 assists. Steven Adams is the third double-digit scorer and Dennis Schroder is dishing 3.7 assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 27.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 40.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won five of their last seven home games.
The Trail Blazers are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games playing on 1 days rest, 11-5 ATS in their last 16 road games and 9-24-2 ATS in their last 35 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Thunder are 8-22 ATS in their last 30 Sunday games, 4-15 ATS in their last 19 vs. Western Conference and 9-19 ATS in their last 28 games overall. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 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.
As expected, the Oklahoma City Thunder found their stroke at home, as the shots that weren't falling at the Moda Center fell in OKC. The Thunder shot 48.1 percent from the field and made 15 threes in their game three victory and suddenly have their confidence back. This is a heated series between two teams that clearly don't like each other, and the Portland Trail Blazers have some extra motivation after Paul George dunked in the final seconds, something that really ticked them off. You can make a case for the points, but this feels like a series where the home team will have the edge in each game and the first home team to blink will be watching the next round on the couch. The home team has covered all three games in this series and seven of the last 11 meetings overall. I'll side with OKC and the reasonable chalk in game four, as we head to Portland all tied up.