Oklahoma City Thunder vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction, 11/19/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Portland Trail Blazers
Date: Sunday, November 19, 2023
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
TV: ROOT Sports
The Portland Trail Blazers (3-8) will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder (8-4) at Moda Center on Sunday.
The Thunder stepped onto the hardwood against the Warriors and earned the victory with a final of 128-109 in their last contest. In the matter of fouls, the Thunder finished with 20 while the Warriors finished the game with 19 fouls. They also knocked down 14 out of their 41 attempts from downtown. Golden State ended up shooting 78.9% from the free throw line by making 15 of 19 shots. On top of that, Golden State pulled down 49 rebounds (20 offensive, 29 defensive) and added 3 blocks. Golden State recorded 27 assists and had 5 steals in this game. When it comes to defending, Oklahoma City allowed 40.8% from the field on 40 out of 98 shooting. They also doled out 31 dimes in the game in addition to forcing the other team into 16 turnovers and earning 10 steals. In relation to rebounding, they earned 42 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. From the free throw line, the Thunder made 21 of 23 tries for a rate of 91.3%. Oklahoma City finished having earned a 50.6% FG percentage (44 out of 87) and buried 19 of their 32 shots from downtown.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a guy who played a role for the game. He left the arena with 24 points on 6 of 21 shooting. He was on the court for 29 minutes and also grabbed 2 rebounds. Gilgeous-Alexander ended up shooting 28.6% from the floor and also recorded 7 assists.
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Oklahoma City will enter this game with a record of 8-4 for the campaign. They cough up possession 14.5 times per contest and as a squad are committing 19.6 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Oklahoma City is pulling in 40.6 boards per contest and has accounted for 304 dimes so far this season, which is 9th in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Thunder are connecting on 39.5% on shots from downtown (150 of 380) and 85.8% from the free throw line. They average 117.5 points per contest (6th in basketball) while hitting 49.3% from the field.
When they are on defense, the Thunder are forcing 16.2 turnovers per game while drawing 19.7 fouls. They are ranked 27th in the NBA in allowing assists with 322 surrendered so far this year. The Thunder defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 43.6% (484 of 1,109) and they concede 47.5 rebounds per game as a team. They are giving up 33.7% on 3-point shots while they are 9th in basketball in opponents points per game (111.4).
When they last stepped on the court, the Trail Blazers took a defeat with a final score of 109-95 when they faced the Cavaliers. In the matter of cleaning up the glass, Portland allowed Cleveland to get 47 in all (7 offensive). They finished 30.0% from distance by going 9 out of 30 and finished the contest at 16 of 21 from the charity stripe (76.2%). The Trail Blazers allowed the Cavaliers to bury 42 of their 75 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 56.0% for this game. Overall, the Trail Blazers finished shooting 34 out of 91 from the field which gave them a percentage of 37.4%. In reference to shots from downtown, Portland made 13 out of their 38 attempts (34.2%). They were able to knock down 14 of the free throws for a percentage of 87.5%. The Cavaliers were called for 16 fouls for the contest which took the Trail Blazers to the charity stripe for a total of 16 attempts. They coughed it up 12 times, while getting 9 steals for this game. The Trail Blazers recorded 22 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards totaling 30 in the matchup.
Jerami Grant ended up being a major contributor for the Trail Blazers for this game. Grant racked up 17 points in his 32 mins on the court and earned 2 assists for this game. He made 7 of 17 for the game for a rate of 41.2%, and accounted for 3 rebounds.
Portland has a mark of 3-8 this year. On the offensive side of the ball, the Trail Blazers are connecting on 43.2% from the floor, which is ranked 29th in basketball. Portland has accounted for 1,152 points on the season (104.7 per game) and they grab 42.5 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 21.9 times per game (30th in the NBA) and they turn the ball over 16.0 times per contest. The Trail Blazers commit 20.9 fouls per game and they shoot 79.8% from the free throw line.
The Portland defense concedes 32.3% on 3-point attempts (111 of 344) and their opponents are converting on 78.1% of their free throw shots. They relinquish 26.6 assists and 46.6 rebounds per game, which has them ranked 22nd and 25th in the league. The Trail Blazers defensively are ranked 11th in the league in points per game surrendered with 111.7. They are forcing 15.7 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.9% from the field (22nd in basketball).
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Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Oklahoma City
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