The Oklahoma City Thunder (16-34) take on the Portland Trail Blazers (21-31) for the second time in five days Friday, but this time it will be on the road. They tip off at Moda Center at 10 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Thunder vs. Trail Blazers odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
The Thunder are only 4-14 in their last 18 games but have won their last two games, including a 98-81 win over the Blazers in Oklahoma City Monday. Only the Houston Rockets (15-36) have a worse record in the Western Conference than the Thunder.
The Blazers return home after a 1-3 trip and are 7-18 overall on the road this season. Before dropping their last three road games, they won five out of six on the road. Now, they return to the Moda Center, where they are a completely different team featuring a 14-13 record.
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Thunder at Trail Blazers odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Thunder +220 (bet $100 to win $220) | Trail Blazers -280 (bet $280 to win $100)
Against the spread (ATS): Thunder +6.5 (-115) | Trail Blazers -6.5 (-107)
Over/Under (O/U): 213.5 (O: -112 | U: -108)
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Thunder at Trail Blazers key injuries
PG Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (ankle) out
PF Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (foot) out
SG Aaron Wiggins (ankle) out
PG Damian Lillard (core) out
SF Nassir Little (shoulder) out
PF Larry Nance Jr. (knee) questionable
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Thunder at Trail Blazers odds, lines, picks and predictions
Trail Blazers 107, Thunder 102
As much as it would be great to win on the Thunder (+220) line, they have been as bad on the road as the Blazers, going 7-18. Portland seems to play like a different team at home, although it lost four of its last six games in Moda Center.
The Blazers are 7-7 in their last 14 games compared to the Thunder’s 4-14 in their last 18.
The Blazers will snap their losing streak, but betting a -280 money line doesn’t make sense, having to wager nearly three times what you can win.
Against the spread
TAKE THE THUNDER +6.5 (-115).
They have been a fantastic ATS bet all season, posting a 31-17-2 mark, including 16-9 on the road. They’re also 21-12 ATS against the Western Conference.
The Blazers, on the other hand, are only 21-30-1 ATS this season but 13-13-1 ATS at home. They have struggled against Western Conference teams at 11-21 ATS.
BET UNDER 213.5 (-108).
In Monday’s head-to-head contest, the teams combined for only 179 points.
The Thunder are the lowest-scoring team in the league at 101.1 points per game but only allow 107.6 PPG to their opponents. They have scored fewer than 100 points in four of their last seven games.
The Thunder picked up a 120-114 win in their last game – Wednesday at Dallas – but they game went overtime. Plus, they have not had a game hit the Over in their last six after allowing at least 100 points in their previous game. They also have not had a game hit the Over in their last four following when they scored 100 points.
Four of the last five games for the Blazers have cashed Under the projected total going against a team with a losing record and also in their last five home games.
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