Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trail Blazers
|Date & Time||Thursday March 7, 2019, 10:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Portland -3.5 -- Over/Under 233.5
The Oklahoma City Thunder pay a visit to the Portland Trailblazers at the Moda Center on Thursday night.
The Oklahoma City Thunder were the hottest team in the league during their 12-game stretch where they won 11 games, but they’ve since cooled off with six losses in their last eight games and they will be looking to bounce back after falling short against the Timberwolves in a 131-120 road loss on Tuesday. Russell Westbrook led the team with 38 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, Paul George returned from a three-game absence to post 25 points on eight of 25 shooting while Dennis Schroder chipped in with 14 points and five assists off the bench. As a team, the Thunder shot 44 percent from the field and 18 of 46 from the 3-point line, but they were always fighting an uphill battle after allowing 41 points in the second quarter as they just had no answer for the Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns who torched them for 41 points. With the loss, Oklahoma City fell to 39-25 overall and 17-16 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Portland Trailblazers have been in great form lately as they’ve won six of their past eight games, but they will be looking forward to coming back home after capping a seven-game road trip with a 120-111 loss at Memphis on Tuesday. CJ McCollum led the way with 27 points on nine of 13 shooting, Damian Lillard added 24 points with eight assists while Maurice Harkless chipped in with 20 points. As a team, the Trailblazers shot a healthy 53 percent from the field and nine of 29 from the 3-point line as they looked like they were going to win easily after opening the game on a 22-7 run, but they allowed 41 points in the second quarter and got outscored by 19-9 in the final 3:19 as the Grizzlies ran away with it behind a big game from Mike Conley. With the loss, Portland fell to 39-25 overall and 15-17 on the road.
Looking at the betting trends, the Thunder are 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record, 0-4 ATS in their last four road games and 0-8 ATS in their last eight games overall. The Trailblazers are 5-0 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record, 38-16 ATS in their last 54 home games and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings, the under is 4-1 in the last five meetings overall and the Thunder are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Portland.
The Thunder have been going through a real funk lately and it’s no coincidence that it happened when George missed three games with shoulder soreness. The Trailblazers have been building nicely with the playoffs just around the corner and they will be eager to return home from their seven-game road trip. The Thunder are 0-4 ATS in their last four road games and 0-8 ATS in their last eight games overall, so with the line being so low, I’m sticking with the Trailblazers to get the job done at home.