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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 01/04/2019 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers meet Friday in NBA action at the Moda Center.

The Oklahoma City Thunder look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last six games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 111.9 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 105.4 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Paul George is averaging 26.7 points and 8.1 rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 20.7 points and 10.1 assists. Dennis Schroder is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing 10.2 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc and 70.1 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.8 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have split their last eight road games.

The Portland Trail Blazers look for another victory after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 111.3 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 110.4 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 26.7 points and 5.8 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 21.1 points and 3.7 rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing eight rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 81.3 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.5 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won six of their last eight home games.

The Thunder are 8-17-1 ATS in their last 26 Friday games and 7-21 ATS in their last 28 vs. NBA Northwest. The Trail Blazers are 29-13 ATS in their last 42 home games, 6-13 ATS in their last 19 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. The Thunder are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Portland and 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Trail Blazers last 5 overall. The under is 20-8 in Thunder last 28 road games.

The Portland Trail Blazers have won the last six meetings against the Oklahoma City Thunder and eight of the last nine meetings. That streak will continue with Westbrook not hitting shots, as the star point guard is shooting just 37.4 percent from the field and 20.7 percent from three in his last five games. The Portland Trail Blazers are usually really sharp at home and their star backcourt shows up big more times than not. In a pick em game, I'm going to back the Trail Blazers based on the history between these clubs and Westbrook's shooting struggles.

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Portland Trail Blazers PK

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