Oklahoma City Thunder vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction, 3/28/2022 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Portland Trail Blazers
Date: Monday, March 28, 2022
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
TV: ROOT SPORTS
The Oklahoma City Thunder (21-53) are hitting the road to Moda Center on Monday where they will meet the Portland Trail Blazers (27-47).
The Thunder took the court against the Nuggets and went home with a loss by a final score of 113-107 in their last game. With respect to fouls, the Thunder ended up walking away with 19 while the Nuggets accumulated 15 fouls. They knocked down 8 of their 31 attempts from 3-point land. Denver finished the contest at 95.8% at the free throw line by making 23 of their 24 tries. In addition, Denver grabbed 37 rebounds (10 offensive, 27 defensive) and added 5 blocked shots. Denver earned 47 assists and had 33 steals for the game. When discussing the defense, Oklahoma City allowed the other team to shoot 48.2% from the floor on 41 of 85 shooting. They also dished out 29 dimes in the matchup while forcing the other team into 5 turnovers and getting 8 steals. In relation to grabbing rebounds, they earned 36 with 5 of them being offensive. From the free throw line, the Thunder made 15 of 16 attempts for a rate of 93.8%. Oklahoma City finished having earned a 46.4% field goal percentage (39 out of 84) and knocked down 14 of their 36 3-point attempts.
Aleksej Pokusevski is a player who had an impact in this contest. Pokusevski ended up going 62.5% from the field and also earned 5 dimes. He saw the court for 35 mins played and pulled down 5 rebounds. He notched 17 points on 5 out of 8 shooting.
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Oklahoma City comes into this contest with a win-loss mark of 21-53 on the season. They turn it over 13.8 times per contest and as a unit are committing 18.4 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Oklahoma City is pulling in 45.7 rebounds per game and has accounted for 1,622 dimes this season, which is 29th in the NBA in terms of passing. The Thunder are hitting 31.9% on shots from 3-point land (886 of 2,776) and 76.5% from the free throw line. They have an average of 103.4 points per contest (30th in basketball) while hitting 42.7% from the field.
When they are on the defensive end, the Thunder are able to force 13.4 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.9 personal fouls. They give up 35.1% on 3-point shots and they rank 15th in the league in PPG from their opponents (110.9). The Thunder are allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 45.5% (3,042 of 6,689) and they concede 48.7 boards per contest as a squad. They are ranked 27th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,925 relinquished on the campaign.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Trail Blazers went home defeated by a final of 115-98 when they played the Rockets. When discussing how they rebounded, Portland permitted Houston to grab 30 overall (8 on the offensive side). They shot 42.9% from distance by shooting 15 out of 35 and walked away from this one shooting 12 out of 18 from the free throw line (66.7%). The Trail Blazers allowed the Rockets to make 44 of their 84 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 52.4% for the contest. Overall, the Trail Blazers ended up shooting 37 out of 93 from the floor which had them shooting 39.8%. When talking about shots from beyond the perimeter, Portland buried 12 of their 40 tries (30.0%). They were able to convert 12 of them for a clip of 70.6%. The Rockets had 20 fouls for the game which got the Trail Blazers to the free throw line for a total of 17 tries. They also coughed up the ball 21 times, while getting 14 steals in the game. The Trail Blazers collected 30 defensive boards and 21 offensive rebounds for a total of 51 in this game.
Drew Eubanks was important for the Trail Blazers for this contest. He converted 5 out of 10 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 50.0%, and had 16 rebounds. Eubanks totaled 14 points in his 33 mins of playing time and added 2 assists in this matchup.
Portland has a win-loss record of 27-47 this year. As an offensive unit, the Trail Blazers are hitting on 44.4% from the field, which has them ranked 26th in the league. Portland has earned 7,924 points this season (107.1 per game) and they average 43.5 boards per game. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 22.7 times per contest (26th in the league) and they are losing possession via turnover 14.3 times per game. The Trail Blazers are committing 20.8 fouls per game while shooting 76.0% from the free throw line.
The Trail Blazers on the defensive side of the court are 28th in the league in points allowed per game with 114.6. They are forcing 13.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 47.7% from the floor (27th in the league). The Portland defense allows 37.2% on 3-point attempts (1,022 of 2,751) and their opponents are knocking down 78.0% of their free throw shots. They give up 26.7 assists and 44.3 rebounds per game, which has them ranked 30th and 17th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Oklahoma City
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