Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Blazers NBA Picks & Predictions 1/4/2019
Friday, January 4, 2019
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The Oklahoma City Thunder travel to Moda Center to play the Portland Blazers on Friday, January 4, 2019. The opening line for this matchup has Oklahoma City as 1 point favorites.
The Thunder head into this matchup with a mark of 24-13. They are 2nd in the Northwest Division. They have a point differential of 6.5 as they average 111.9 points per contest while giving up 105.4 per game. The Blazers have an overall mark of 22-16. They currently are 3rd in the Northwest Division. They total 111.3 points per contest and give up 110.4, which is a point differential of 0.9.
Valuable Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Trends
The Oklahoma City Thunder are 20-16-0 against the spread
The Oklahoma City Thunder are 16-19-0 against the over/under
Important Portland Blazers Betting Trends
The Portland Blazers are 19-19-0 against the spread
The Portland Blazers are 17-21-0 against the over/under
Key Oklahoma City Thunder Injuries
10/04/18 G Andre Roberson Knee is out indefinitely
01/02/19 G Alex Abrines Personal is out indefinitely
Key Portland Blazers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Paul George averages 26.7 points per game in 35.3 minutes per contest. He averages 4.1 assists per contest and 8.1 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 83%. Russell Westbrook comes into this contest averaging 20.7 points per game while playing 34.6 minutes per night. He pulls down 10.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 10.1 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 42% while his free throw percentage is at 63%.
CJ McCollum averages 21.1 points per game and he sees the court an average of 34.2 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.7 rebounds per contest and 2.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 83%. Damian Lillard averages 26.7 points per game while playing 35.4 minutes per contest. He grabs 4.8 rebounds per game and has 5.8 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is at 90%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Thunder allow 105.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 5th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 8th and 4th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 44.6 rebounds a game which ranks 18th, and they give up 23.7 assists per contest which puts them in 12th place in the league. They force 17.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 30th in the league. Oklahoma City averages 111.9 points per contest this season, which ranks them 11th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 6.5 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 19th. Behind the arc they shoot 32% which is good for 30th in the league. They average 48.8 rebounds per game and 22.4 assists per contest, which ranks them 2nd and 24th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 10th with 14.4 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Blazers surrender 110.4 points per contest, which ranks them 17th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 12th and 27th in those defensive statistics. They rank 15th with 24.1 assists allowed per contest, and 11th with 44.2 rebounds surrendered per game. The Blazers are 3rd in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 12.2 per game. Portland is 14th in the league with 111.3 points per game this year. They are 18th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is 0.9. They shoot 36% from 3-point range, which is good for 11th in the NBA. They are 3rd in the league in rebounding with 48.5 boards per game and 27th in assists per contest with 21.2. The Blazers are 8th in turnovers per game with 14.4.
The Thunder are 20th in the league in defensive rating with 102.5, and their offensive rating of 108.8 is ranked 1st. They are 4th in the NBA in pace with 102.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 24th. As a unit they are 25th in the league in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 32% of their shot attempts, ranking 22nd in the NBA. Oklahoma City is 19th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 15.4 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 51%, which is 24th in the NBA.
Portland is 11th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 10.8 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 18th in the NBA. The Blazers are 14th in the league in defensive rating with 110, and their offensive rating of 110.8 is ranked 16th. They are 16th in the NBA in pace with 99.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 19th. As a unit they are 17th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shot attempts, ranking 18th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Thunder/Blazers NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Oklahoma City -1
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