Portland Trail Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder - 12/19/22 NBA Picks and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (12-18) vs Portland Trail Blazers (17-13)
Game Info: Monday, December 19, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Paycom Center)
Betting Odds: Oklahoma City Thunder +7 -- Over/Under: 230.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Monday in NBA action at the Paycom Center. The Portland Trail Blazers have won 6 of their last 8 games. The Oklahoma City Thunder have lost 5 of their last 6 games.
The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 112.3 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 111.7 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 28.3 points and 3.8 rebounds, while Anfernee Simons is averaging 23.4 points and 3 rebounds. Jerami Grant is the third double-digit scorer and Jusuf Nurkic is grabbing 9.9 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.1 rebounds per game.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 115.3 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 117 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 31.2 points and 5.8 assists, while Josh Giddey is averaging 14.7 points and 5.5 assists. Luguentz Dort is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Williams is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game.
The Trail Blazers are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 road games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The over is 5-1 in Trail Blazers last 6 overall. The under is 6-1 in Thunder last 7 overall. The Trail Blazers are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
The Portland Trail Blazers don't blow teams out often, and the Oklahoma City Thunder have been a competitive bunch all season long. However, the reason this line has ballooned is that OKC is banged up. Darius Bazley, Josh Giddey and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander have been ruled out for this contest. There's only so much a subpar team like the Thunder can overcome. There's no reason for the Trail Blazers not to win this game comfortably. I'll lay the chalk.
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Randy’s Pick Portland Trail Blazers -7
AUTHOR: Randy Chambers
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