The Portland Trail Blazers (27-28) meet Northwest rivals Oklahoma City Thunder (26-28) on Friday. Tip-off is scheduled at Moda Center at 22:00 (EST). The Portland Trail Blazers enter the game with the Western Conference’s tenth seed, two spots ahead of the 12th-placed Oklahoma City Thunder. Both teams have put away an impressive number of points lately and will now battle it out for another potentially high-scoring affair.
Form Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers snapped out of their two-game losing streak last time out by beating the Golden State Warriors 125-122. The victory improved their record from the past ten games to 6-4. They are also 3-2 in the last five at home.
The Portland Trail Blazers have been incredibly proficient on the offensive side of the court. While their regular season average is 114.7, they have averaged an outstanding 120.0 points in their last five games. The home defense has struggled to shut out opponents all year long, allowing 114.4 points per game on average and 116.0 points at Moda Center.
Last year, the Portland Trail Blazers failed to qualify for the playoffs after a 27-55 regular season. They ended up 13th in the Western Conference and fourth in the Northwest Division. However, with a 27-28 record this season, they hold the Western Conference’s tenth seed, leaving them set for the Play-In Tournament.
Jusuf Nurkic, Justise Winslow, Ibou Badji, and Keon Johnson are set to miss the Portland Trail Blazers game due to injuries.
Form Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder slammed home 133 points in their last match against the LA Lakers, winning 130-133. They’re now 5-5 in their past 10 games, going 10-17 on the road this season.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been one of the NBA’s most prolific scoring teams this season. Entering Friday’s matchup, the visitors are averaging 117.6 points per game. On the defensive end of the floor, the away team has given up 126.4 points in the last five outings and 116.6 points on average for the season.
The Oklahoma City Thunder had a poor regular season last year, ending with a 24-57 record and 14th in the Western Conference and fifth in the Northwest Division. This year, their prospects of making the playoffs don’t appear to be much better, with a current record of 26-28.
Aleksej Pokusevski, Luguentz Dort, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, and Chet Holmgren are all carrying injuries going into the latest Oklahoma City Thunder game.
The Oklahoma City Thunder downed the Portland Trail Blazers 101-98 in their previous matchup. The encounter took place at the Paycom Center in December 2022. The Oklahoma City Thunder boast an 8-2 record against the Portland Trail Blazers from their past ten contests, winning four out of five times on the road.
The Portland Trail Blazers managed an average of 110.8 points a game in their ten most recent outings against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who averaged 109.5 points.
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- Moneyline (ML): Oklahoma City Thunder (+145) | Portland Trail Blazers (-165)
- Against the spread (ATS): Oklahoma City Thunder +3.5 (-110) | Portland Trail Blazers -3.5 (-110)
- Over/Under (O/U): 242.0 (-110) | (-110)
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Take the Portland Trail Blazers to win (1.61) on the moneyline.
The Portland Trail Blazers go into Friday’s game with the advantage, being given -165 moneyline odds. This suggests there is a 62% chance of the hosts coming out victorious. They have been successful in six out of the last ten games at the Moda Center, and their last game saw them beat the Golden State Warriors 125-122. The Oklahoma City Thunder are the underdog, with a moneyline return of +145 for those betting on them to win. Despite this, they have an impressive 8-2 record when playing against the Portland Trail Blazers in recent matchups and are coming off a victorious 130-133 win against the LA Lakers.
Both teams need to win this Northwest showdown, and while the Oklahoma City Thunder won the last matchup 101-98 in December 2022, the Portland Trail Blazers are the clear favorites this time around and look too good to pass up on the moneyline.
Against the Spread
Take the Oklahoma City Thunder +3.5 (1.91) as they are the best bet.
The oddsmakers are siding with the Portland Trail Blazers on the spread, but not by much. The hosts open up as the 3.5-point favorites over the Oklahoma City Thunder for Friday. Based on their last ten matchups, the average points margin between the two teams was 10.5 points.
The Portland Trail Blazers have gone 14-12-1 ATS at the Moda Center. Their overall record for the season is 28-26-1 ATS. The hosts are 4-5-1 ATS from their past ten games at home, going 4-5-1 ATS in their last ten games overall.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have gone 17-10 ATS on the road. Their overall record for the season is 34-19-1 ATS. In their past 348 matchups against teams from the Northwest, the Oklahoma City Thunder went 183-165 ATS. They are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games.
Go for Total under 242.0 (1.91) on the total.
Judging by a points average of 220.3 points from the last ten matchups of this series, the total should land somewhere between 218 and 222 points for the latest encounter between the Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder.
The total line is set at 242.0. The Portland Trail Blazers and the Oklahoma City Thunder combined points total has surpassed this 242.0 line four times in their last ten encounters. This gives the -110 odds for betting Under on the Total market a lot of appeal.
At the Moda Center, the Portland Trail Blazers have gone 16-10 O/U against the total. Their record for the season is 26-28 O/U. Betting on the over would’ve paid out as a winning bet in three of the last three home matches. The Portland Trail Blazers are 6-4 O/U in their last ten home and away matches combined.
The Oklahoma City Thunder went over the total in their last two road games. Their record away from home is 14-13 O/U. The visitors have gone 11-15 O/U in their most recent matchups against Northwest teams. They are 5-5 O/U in their last ten games overall.