Thunder-Trail Blazers Betting Preview: Does OKC Offer Value on the Road?
Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, front, and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook.
Betting Odds: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers
- Spread: Trail Blazers -4
- Over/Under: 232
- Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
- TV Channel: TNT
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The Oklahoma City Thunder enter this game trying to break a 1-5 slump and face the Trail Blazers in Portland, a team that has some interesting history with Russell Westbrook. The Thunder should have MVP candidate Paul George back for his second game after nursing a shoulder injury.
Will that be enough for OKC to break out of its funk? Our analysts discuss.
Betting Trends to Know
The Thunder (39-25) are currently the No. 4 seed in the West, but have lost six of their past 10 games. Good teams (teams winning 60% of their games) have gone 182-163-6 (53%) against the spread in their next game when they’ve lost more than half of their previous 10 games since 2005. Late in the season, (Game 55 and later) teams in this situation are 74-58-1 (56%) ATS. — John Ewing
The Blazers are 21-11 ATS at home this season, the fourth-most profitable home team against the spread in the NBA this season and the Blazers best mark since 2008.
The only issue?
Portland is coming off a seven-game road trip. Under head coach Terry Stotts, this will be just the Blazers second home game where they are coming off a road trip of at least seven games.
They lost by 19 at home in 2012. The league as a whole has struggled in this spot, going 41-50-1 (45.1%) ATS at home coming off at least a seven-game road trip, including 28-39 (41.8%) ATS when listed as the favorite in this spot. — Evan Abrams
Mears: How I’m Betting this Game
This is a very interesting line, as Blazers -4 suggests they’re about even or maybe even slightly better on a neutral court. Their records are the same, but the Thunder have won all three of the previous matchups this year.