The Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers have a Monday night matchup at the Moda Center. Nothing has gone well for the Thunder. OKC goes into Oregon with a loss in 11 of their previous 12 games.
I’m talking about both offensively and defensively when I say nothing, with the offense and defense getting little traction. It’s been tough to score and get stops for the Thunder.
The Thunder heads to Portland after an inspiring effort in Denver, where a Thunder squad with only eight healthy players stormed back to take a fourth-quarter lead after trailing by as many as 16 points. @OUHealth Game Day Report
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— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) March 28, 2022
What can you expect from a rebuilding team that now has a mile-long injury report to deal with this season. Their injury list is extensive and to some of their best players.
The starting lineup has been ravished with injuries to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Darius Bazley, Josh Giddey, and Luguentz Dort. All of the players mentioned above are contributors to the Thunder.
The good news for the Thunder is that the future looks bright. They still have a mountain of draft picks from the LA Clippers to work with, and there’s already a solid base of young talent in OKC.
Staying healthy hasn’t been a strong point of the Clippers this season. It would have been nice to develop some of these guys further, especially rookie 19-year-old Josh Giddey, but he’s gone with a hip injury for the rest of the year.
— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 27, 2022
The Trail Blazers know all about injuries. Damian Lillard, Joe Ingles, and Jusuf Nurkic are all OUT for the rest of the season. They have a lengthy injury report entering Monday as well. Coming off a bad loss versus the Rockets, they can’t hit rock bottom any harder.
It’s been a mess for the Trail Blazers. With regard to the Thunder, at least there are a bunch of draft picks to look forward to in the future. Portland is going into this one with a record of 27-47 and 12th in the Western Conference.
Head below for our free Thunder vs. Trail Blazers prediction on March 28, 2022.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of MyBookie:
|OKC Thunder||-1.5 (-110)||-125||Over 222 (-110)|
|Portland Trail Blazers||+1.5 (-110)||+105||Under 222 (-110)|
|Team Data||OKC Thunder||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Points Per Game||103.4||107.1|
|Points Against Per Game||110.9||114.6|
|Field Goal %||42.7||44.4|
|Three Point %||31.9||34.6|
Thunder vs. Trail Blazers Prediction:
The Thunder does not have many go-to options with their list of injuries. It’s to go out there on a nightly basis and hope for the best. Bazley is the latest Thunder to get injured.
He is another young player that the Thunder are high on, but he will not be active in Portland tonight. In his third season in the NBA, Bazley is averaging 27.9 minutes per game and a career-high 42.2% field goal percentage.
He was starting before this recent injury to Bazley. There is slim hope that he plays tonight, though listed as doubtful.
The onus now falls on 20-year-old Theo Maledon and Aleksej Pokusevski for the Thunder. Maledon is a second-year player scoring 6 points per game off the bench 2021-22.
A bright future is anticipated for Pokusenvski, but he’s still only a sophomore gaining experience. He goes into this one with 7.3 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game.
It’s a tremendous opportunity for Maledon, but not exactly what the Thunder were anticipating at the end of March. They’ve had little offensive punch going into this season, and it’s only getting worse.
The Thunder are 30th in the NBA with 103.4 points per game with a 42.7% field goal percentage. They’re also 30th from three at 31.9%. On the road, this drops to 102.5 points per game and a 41.9% field goal percentage.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers Betting Trends:
- 20-6 ATS in their previous 26 games on the road
- 4-0 ATS in their previous four games versus a team with a losing record at home
- 6-2-2 ATS in their previous ten games on a Monday
- UNDER is 13-4 in their previous 17 games versus the Northwest Division
- UNDER is 4-0 in their previous four games versus the Trail Blazers
- 1-5 ATS in their previous six games at home
- 1-4 ATS in their previous five games as an underdog
- UNDER is 7-1-1 in their previous nine games as an underdog at home
- UNDER is 9-1 in their previous ten games versus a team with a losing record at home
- UNDER is 12-3-1 in their previous 16 games at home
The Trail Blazers have given up points, with 114.6 points against per game on 47.7% shooting. However, I’m not confident in the Thunder taking advantage of their holes on defense.
Portland hasn’t been in good form offensively either because of injuries. They are 24th in the NBA with 107.1 points per game and a 44.4% field goal percentage for 26th.
Across their last five outings, the Blazers have put in 103.4 points per game and a 43.3% field goal percentage. In four of their last seven games, they’ve scored fewer than 100 points.
The UNDER looks like it is worth a look in Portland tonight. There should be cold stretches in a game without stars on the floor throughout this meeting.