Portland Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Picks & Predictions 3/25/2018
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Chesapeake Energy Arena
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The Portland Blazers travel to Chesapeake Energy Arena to play the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, March 25, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Oklahoma City as 3.5 point favorites.
The Blazers come into this game with an overall record of 44-28. They are 1st in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of 2.8 as they are averaging 106.0 points per game while giving up 103.2 per contest. The Thunder have an overall record of 44-30. They currently are 2nd in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 107.3 points per game and surrendering 104.0, good for a point differential of 3.3.
Valuable Portland Blazers Betting Trends
The Portland Blazers are 39-29-4 against the spread
The Portland Blazers are 31-41-0 against the over/under
Important Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Trends
The Oklahoma City Thunder are 29-42-3 against the spread
The Oklahoma City Thunder are 34-40-0 against the over/under
Key Portland Blazers Injuries
03/23/18 G Shabazz Napier Toe is "?" Sunday vs Oklahoma City
Key Oklahoma City Thunder Injuries
01/28/18 G Andre Roberson Leg is out for season
C.J. McCollum averages 21.6 points per game in 36 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.2 assists per contest and 3.9 rebounds per game for Portland. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 84%. Damian Lillard comes into this contest averaging 26.6 points per game while playing 36.5 minutes per night so far this season for the Blazers. He pulls down 4.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is currently at 92%.
Carmelo Anthony averages 16.5 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.2 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.8 rebounds per contest and 1.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage is 76%. Russell Westbrook averages 25.4 points per game while playing 36.2 minutes per contest this year for the Thunder. He grabs 9.7 rebounds per game and has 10.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage currently is at 74%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Blazers allow 103.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 5th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc, ranking them 4th and 20th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 42.6 rebounds a game which ranks 14th, and they give up 20.2 assists per contest which puts them in 2nd place in the league. They force 12.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 2nd in the league. Portland averages 106 points per contest this season, which ranks them 16th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 2.82 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team, which has them ranked 20th. Behind the arc they shoot 38% which is good for 3rd in the league. They average 45.3 rebounds per game and 19.4 assists per game, which ranks them 4th and 30th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 24th with 13.6 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Thunder surrender 104 points per contest, which ranks them 7th in the NBA. Their defense is allowing a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 12th and 21st in those defensive statistics. They rank 17th with 23.3 assists allowed per contest, and 4th with 41.8 rebounds surrendered per game. The Thunder are 30th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 16.1 per game this season. Oklahoma City is 12th in the league with 107.3 points per game this year. They are 19th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is 3.31. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 26th in the NBA. They are 5th in the league in rebounding with 44.9 boards per game and 28th in assists per contest with 21.3. The Thunder are 16th in turnovers per game with 14.1.
The Blazers are 13th in the NBA in offensive rating with 109.4, and their defensive rating of 106.5 is ranked 25th. In terms of pace they are 19th in the league with 96.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 20th. As a team they are 16th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 32% of their shots, ranking 20th in the league. Portland is 24th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%, which is 26th in the league.
Oklahoma City is 21st in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.7 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 16th in the NBA. The Thunder are 8th in the league in defensive rating with 107, and their offensive rating of 110.4 is ranked 21st. They are 18th in the NBA in pace with 96.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 19th. As a unit they are 22nd in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shot attempts, ranking 15th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Blazers/Thunder NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Oklahoma City -3.5
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