Russell Westbrook and the rest of the Oklahoma City Thunder set their eyes set on avenging all their three losses this season to the Portland Trail Blazers this Sunday, as they host Damian Lillard and company at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Betting Preview for the Portland Trail Blazers vs OKC Thunder NBA Regular Season Game on March 25 2018
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena
When: Sunday, March 25, 7:00PM EST
Line: Portland Trail Blazers () vs OKC Thunder () – view current NBA betting lines
TV Broadcast: FSOK
Betting on the Portland Trail Blazers (44-27)
That the Blazers have won all their three games so far this season against Oklahoma City could be considered as a mild surprise. But a team with a backcourt combo of CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard is truly capable of taking down any team it crosses path with. Powered by those duo, the Blazers have gone on to have one of the most impressive second halves of the season. Since the All-Star break, Lillard has averaged 28.6 points, while McCollum has put up 20.5. In three meetings against OKC, they have racked up 28.0 and 25.7, respectively. Jusuf Nurkic should not get overlooked, too. Nurkic is supplying Portland stability in the paint with his 14.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. The three-ball has also been big for the Blazers against OKC, as they have knocked down 10.5 three-pointers on 38.0 percent shooting in this regular-season series.
Betting on the OKC Thunder (43-30)
There are a lot of takeaways for the star-laden roster of the Thunder this season, and that of course includes the continued dominance of Russell Westbrook. The reigning league MVP is slashing 25.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 10.2 assists per game, though he is shooting on 45.1 percent from the field. Brodie might want to let his teammates take more shots against Portland though, as he is just shooting 38.2 percent opposite the Blazers this season. He shot just 12-for-32 and finished with 30 points in a 108-100 road loss to Portland on Mar. 3. Obviously, the Thunder need to slow down Lillard and McCollum, as the two have been the biggest thorns in their side. The Thunder are seventh in the league in defense with only 104.0 points allowed per game. Oklahoma City should continue pushing the pace also after outscoring the Blazers in transition in the two teams’ recent meeting, 19-7.
Portland completes a sweep of the Thunder this regular season with a 109-105 win.
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