Sparks will fly tonight as the Thunder (36-19, 19-7 home) host the Trail Blazers (33-22, 10-14 away) at 8:00 p.m. EST at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
These two clubs have tangled two times this year, with the Trail Blazers failing to pick up a win. The last time they clashed on January 23rd, 2019, Oklahoma City won 123-114 behind 36 points from Paul George.
The Thunder opened as 6.5-point favorites for this game, with a projected point total of 231. That’s a big point spread, so proceed with caution if you’re thinking of wagering on the Thunder. Portland is 30-25-0 against the spread this season and 29-26-0 over/under. Oklahoma City, meanwhile, is 32-23-0 ATS and 29-26-0 over/under.
Portland enters the game ranked 15th in the league in defensive rating. They’re giving up 110.2 points per game and are limiting opponents to 46.0% from the floor and 37.0% from deep. Offensively, they’re averaging 113.1 points and are third in rebounds and 24th in assists.
On the flip side, Oklahoma City ranks 14th in offensive rating. The Thunder are averaging 115.2 points per game on 44.0% shooting and are second in rebounds and 22nd in assists. Defensively, they’re giving up 109.8 points per game and are 12th in field goals allowed and fourth in three-pointers allowed.
Both squads have been active lately. The Thunder are coming off of a 112-117 win vs the Rockets in Houston in which they were 13 for 34 from deep and won the war on the glass 63-49.
The Trail Blazers, meanwhile, are fresh off a 101-102 loss versus the Mavericks in Dallas in which they dished out 24 assists and came up with seven steals. Damian Lillard torched the Mavericks for 30 points.
Overall, the Trail Blazers have won seven of their previous ten games and are fourth in the Western Conference, while the Thunder have dropped one of their previous ten and are third in the Western Conference.