Portland Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder Free NBA Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 12/22/2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City
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The Portland Blazers will be going on the road on Tuesday to face the Oklahoma City Thunder in a game that will feature the top two defenses in the NBA.
Earlier this season, the Blazers were able to easily beat the Thunder 106-89 at home, but the Thunder were missing a couple of their stars in that game. The Blazers made 11 three-pointers in that win and only turned the ball over 10 times.
In his nine career games against the Thunder, Blazers point guard Damian Lillard has been able to average 14.9 points and seven assists per game. Star big man LaMarcus Aldridge has averaged 19 points and 8.4 rebounds per game against Oklahoma City, while small forward Nicolas Batum has been able to score 11.6 points per game against them.
The Thunder scored just 18 points in the fourth quarter of their game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday and ended up losing 101-99 at home. They didn't do a good job of taking care of the basketball in that loss, turning it over 16 times.
The Thunder are currently the top defensive team in the league, but they are near the bottom of the NBA in both scoring and assists per game. All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook is having the best season of his career by averaging 27.4 points, 7.2 assists and 1.9 steals per game.
Portland Trail Blazers Betting Trends
Portland Trail Blazers are 16-11-1 Against the Spread
Portland Trail Blazers are 11-17-0 against the Over/Under
Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Trends
Oklahoma City Thunder are 14-13-1 Against the Spread
Oklahoma City Thunder are 8-18-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
Portland Trail Blazers
12/22/14 F LaMarcus Aldridge Illness "?" Monday vs. Houston
12/22/14 F Nicolas Batum Knee "?" Monday vs. Houston
12/16/14 C Robin Lopez Hand out indefinitely
Oklahoma City Thunder
12/22/14 F Kevin Durant Ankle "?" Tuesday vs. Portland
12/17/14 F Mitch McGary Tibia out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Oklahoma City
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