NBA Matchup Insight
Since the Trailblazers have stumbled since the All Star break they are now on the outside looking in 3.5 games back of Utah, Houston, and Denver for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. A home win will be hard tonight facing a Thunder team that has won 3 straight and coming off a blowout win over the Heat.
Oklahoma City Thunder (37-12) at Portland TrailBlazers (23-26)
When: 10 PM ET, Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Where: Rose Garden, Portland, OR
Thunder vs. Blazers Betting Lines from Bovada.lv
Spread: Thunder -4.5
*NBA ATS Matchup Report*
The TrailBlazers will be dealing with a red-hot Thunder offense that has averaged 122 ppg during their winning streak while shooting 53.2%. OKC has also stepped up on D, as in their 3 straight wins they have 31 steals and 19 blocks.
The Blazers are coming off a 90-87 win over the Warriors and they are 3-3 since Kaleb Canales replaced the fired Nate McMillan.
The Thunder lost to the Blazers at home earlier this season, but since then have beaten them 2 times.
While it is no secret the Thunder are led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook Portland may have to be more worried about the OKC front court in this game. Serge Ibaka is averaging 14.0 ppg and 9 rpg during the winning streak and C Kendrick Perkins has 28 points and 11 rebounds in his last 2 games.
This is especially worrisome for the Blazers since leading rebounder Marcus Camby is now with the Rockets.
LaMarcus Aldridge has averaged 28 ppg against the Thunder this season and G Raymond Felton is coming off one of his best games against Golden State where he went for 24 points and dished out 7 assists.
These 2 and Nicolas Batum need to play well on offense, especially if the Thunder continue their good offensive play.
6th man Jamal Crawford is coming off a horrid 1/10 performance against the Warriors and Portland will desperately need his offense tonight.
Thunder vs. Blazers Handicapping Preview
This season the Thunder are 27-22 ATS with an O/U record of 25-24 and the Blazers are 23-25-1 ATS with an O/U record of 24-25.
In some betting trends for this Western Conference match up the Thunder are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win, and they have an Under record of 6-1 in their last 7 road games.
The Blazers are 6-18 ATS in their last 24 games as an underdog, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record, and they have an Under record of 4-0 in their last 4 home games.
Pick: I don’t think the Blazers can slow down the rolling Thunder, as Oklahoma City will win this away game and cover the spread.
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