Portland Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 2/16/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (-1.5)
Chesapeake Energy Arena is the venue where and the Oklahoma City Thunder (11-15) will play the Portland Blazers (16-10) on Tuesday. Portland opens this contest as 1.5-point favorites. The total opens at 227.
The Portland Blazers faced the Dallas Mavericks and took home the win by a score of 121-118 in their last contest. Portland finished with a 52.9% FG percentage (45 of 85) and buried 18 of their 40 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Blazers converted 13 of their 19 shots for a percentage of 68.4%. Pertaining to hauling in boards, they earned 36 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 15 dimes in the matchup while having 7 steals and 2 blocks. In the matter of the defense, Portland let their opponent shoot 49.4% from the field on 40 out of 81 shooting. Dallas dished out 19 dimes and had 5 steals in the game. In addition, the Mavericks totaled 35 rebounds (10 offensive, 25 defensive) and added 6 blocked shots. Dallas walked away from this one shooting 96.0% when shooting free throws by converting 24 of their 25 shots. They also made 14 of 41 tries from 3-point land.
Damian Lillard is a player who was a contributor in this contest. He racked up 34 points on 12 out of 26 shooting. He was on the court for 36:28 minutes played and also collected 3 rebounds. Lillard walked away from this one shooting 46.2% from the field and also earned 11 dimes. Someone else that had an impact in the matchup for the Blazers was Gary Trent. He collected 2 boards and accounted for 2 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 46.2% from the field for this contest via 6-of-13 (17 points). Overall, Trent played 35:35 minutes.
Portland comes into this one with a win-loss record of 16-10 on the season. The Blazers are shooting 38.5% on three-point attempts (419 of 1,088) and 82.6% from the free throw line. They have an average of 115.5 pts per contest (5th in the league) while going 44.5% from the field. They turn the ball over 11.4 times per contest and as a group are committing 19.6 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Portland is pulling down 44.3 boards per game and has 510 dimes for the season, which is 30th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. On defense, the Blazers are forcing 13.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.7 personal fouls. They give up 36.8% on three-point shots while they are 25th in basketball in PPG from their opponents (115.2). The Blazers defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 47.7% (350 of 485) and they surrender 46.1 rebounds per game as a team. They rank 12th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 648 conceded so far this season.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Oklahoma City Thunder got the win with a final of 114-109 against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Thunder collected 37 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive rebounds totaling 49 for this game. They stuffed 2 attempts while recording 8 steals in this game. The Bucks were called for 16 fouls for the game which took the Thunder to the charity stripe for a total of 16 shots. They were able to make 9 of the free throw tries for a rate of 56.3%. Concerning three-point shots, Oklahoma City buried 15 out of 36 tries (41.7%). When the final whistle was blown, the Thunder shot 45 for 95 from the field which had them sitting at 47.4%. The Thunder allowed the Bucks to make 45 out of 97 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 46.4% in the game. They went 34.2% from distance by shooting 13 out of 38 and ended up shooting 6 out of 9 at the free throw line (66.7%). In the matter of cleaning up the glass, Oklahoma City permitted Milwaukee to snag 47 in total (12 offensive).
Justin Jackson ended up being a factor for the Thunder for this game. He buried 9 out of 16 for this game for a field goal percentage of 56.3%, which earned him 22 points. Jackson collected 3 rebounds in his 33:52 mins of playing time and tallied 5 assists in this contest. One more player that was important for Oklahoma City was Al Horford. He racked up 20 points in his 30:21 mins on the court by way of 8 out of 16 shooting for this game. Horford ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor in addition to contributing 9 assists and 7 boards.
Oklahoma City has a mark of 11-15 this year. On the offensive side of the ball, the Thunder are shooting 45.0% from the field, which ranks them 22nd in the NBA. Oklahoma City has scored 2,798 points for the season (107.6 per contest) and they pull down 45.0 rebounds per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 23.5 times per game (22nd in the league) and they turn it over 14.6 times per contest. The Thunder commit 18.0 personal fouls per game and they hit 73.1% from the charity stripe. The Thunder on defense are ranked 21st in the NBA in points given up per game with 113.2. They are able to force 13.4 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.3% from the field (13th in the league). The Oklahoma City defense allows 34.8% on 3-point shots (339 of 974) and their opposition makes 75.9% of their free throw attempts. They have allowed 25.0 dimes and 48.3 rebounds every game, which is ranked 19th and 30th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Portland (-1.5)
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