Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trail Blazers – NBA January 25

Oklahoma City (6-9) at Portland (9-6)

Time: 7 PST – 9 CST – 10 EST
Place: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
TV: NBA League Pass

The Series:

Let’s take a refresher course in NBA history and remember that this was one of the NBA’s most rollicking rivalries when the Thunder were once knows as the Seattle Supersonics. In fact, there have been 240 lifetime meetings and the Thunder, AKA the Supersonics, lead this 122-118. Oklahoma City has won two in a row and four out of six. This was preceded by a six-game Blazers winning streak. The series is dead even at 24-24 since the Sonics moved to OKC in 2008-09.

Vs. The Spread:

OKC:

  • The Thunder his 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games as they have dropped 5 of their last 6 SU
  • Oklahoma City is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 road games
  • The Thunder is 3-12 SU in their last 15 games at Portland

Portland:

  • The Blazers are also 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games, but 6-2 SU in their last 8
  • OVER has been the play in 4 of Portland’s last 5 vs. the Western Conference and as well as 6 of the last 7 vs. Northwest Division opposition
  • The Blazers are only 2-10 ATS in their last 12 at home

Last Time Out:

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 23 points and George Hill added 22, but it wasn’t quite enough as the Clippers shaded the Thunder, 108-100, at Staples Center on Sunday. OKC was only 7-of-35 from the three-point line, yet cut into a 15-point Clippers to four over the final four minutes of the game. This followed a 120-106 loss at Staples on Friday evening as The Thunder are in the middle of a 5-game road trip and on the second game of a back-to-back.

Damien Lillard was en fuego on Saturday night as he scored 39 points in making six threes to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 116-113 victory over the New York Knicks. Anfernee Simmons had 16 points off the bench as New York stormed from a 25-point deficit to fall short in Portland. The Blazers had two games last week against Memphis postponed due to COVID-19 protocols, so this was their first game since Jan. 16.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Oklahoma City Thunder +5 (-110) +175 O 227 (-115)
Portland Trail Blazers -5 (-110) -205 U 227 (-105)

Thunder Stat Pack:

  • OKC has contested the most shots per game in the league (65.7) and has held opponents to the fewest fast break points (8.9) in the NBA.
  • Mike Muscala has hit at least one three in each game he has played in of the 2020-21 campaign. Dort leads the team with 34 makes from beyond the arc at a team-best 40.5 percent clip
  • Hamidou Diallo is growing within the frame work of the Thunder offense. He is shooting 52 percent from the field and had his first back-to-back 20-plus efforts in early January.

Thunder Grease Board:

Oklahoma City Thunder Logo 101x101Defending Damian Lillard (29.8 ppg, 6.8 apg) is the first order of business for the Thunder as he has to take even more of a lead role on this team with C.J. McCollum (sprained left ankle) and Yusef Nurkic (fractured right wrist) sidelined with injuries. He is averaging 31.3 points and seven assists per game in his last five. OKC does an outstanding job at defending the triple as the Thunder hold opponents to 34.8 percent from the arc. The youth of this team is seen as third-year guard  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (21.7 ppg) and second-year swingman Lugentz Dort (13.3 ppg) lead the Thunder in scoring.

Blazers Stat Pack:

  • Damian Lillard has made 55 consecutive free throws dating back to Jan. 7, the third-longest streak of consecutive free throws made in franchise history.
  • Gary Trent (42.3% -3) is a major three-point threat beside of Lillard and CJ McCollum. He has made at least four three-pointers off the bench 13 times in the last two seasons, which is the sixth-most in the NBA in that span.
  • Portland is adjusting to the injuries to McCollum and big man Yusef Nurkic as they fell in San Antonio, 125-104, on Jan 18. The Spurs outscored Portland 38-22 in the fourth quarter.

Blazers Grease Board:

Portland Trail Blazers LogoGetting Lillard off quickly is always the way for Portland to role, but without Nurkic or Zach Collins, the pressure and minutes that the five-time NBA all-star become more pronounced. Who steps up beside of Lillard and does this constantly will be the story. Off the bench, Gary Trent, Jr. (10.8 ppg) and Carmelo Anthony (12.1 ppg) look like the best options. Enes Kanter (9.9 ppg, 9.2 rpg) will see more minutes and display that toughness in the paint. Oklahoma City’s opponents average 25.1 assists on 42.7 makes (26th/NBA), so the extra pass can make a major difference here for the Blazers

Winner: Blazers (-5) 116, Thunder 110
O/U: Take UNDER 227

The Bets
Blazers -5
-110
UNDER 227
-115
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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