NBA Matchup Insight
The Trailblazers have been terrible on the road this season and then they trade away one of the leading scorers and their leading rebounder and what happens? They beat the team with the best record in the Chicago Bulls in their house by 11 points!
Portland Blazers (21-23) at Oklahoma City Thunder (33-11)
When: 9:30 PM ET, Sunday, March 17, 2012
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
Blazers vs. Thunder Betting Lines from Bovada.lv
Spread: Thunder -10
*NBA ATS Matchup Report*
LaMarcus Aldridge had a big game in the win over the Bulls and will have to do so again to win this tough away game.
The Blazers played great defense, especially the 4th quarter, in the win over Chicago and they will have to do so against facing an Oklahoma City offense that ranks 2nd in the league.
The Thunder are coming off only their 4th home loss all season losing to the Spurs in their last game where they gave up 114 points.
It is no secret what the Portland defense has to do, as they have to try to contain Kevin Durant, Russel Westbrook, and James Harden.
Easier said than done, but Portland can pull off the upset if they force these guys to take long jumpers and do not allow them to get easy buckets on the fast break or in the paint.
Nicolas Batum, Raymond Felton, and Wesley Matthews combined to score 39 points in the win over the Bulls and these guys need to score again to help Aldridge out, especially since they traded away Gerald Wallace and Jamal Crawford is questionable with an injury.
The Blazers really need to keep winning since they now sit in 12th place in the West 2.5 games out of the 8th and final playoff spot.
Blazers vs. Thunder Handicapping Preview
This season the Blazers are 21-22-1 ATS with an O/U record of 22-22 and the Thunder are 24-20 with an O/U record of 22-22.
In some betting trends for this game the Blazers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games, and they have an Under record of 8-2-1 in their last 11 vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
The Thunder are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than 40% and they have an Over record of 4-1 in their last 5 games as a home favorite.
Pick: I think the Blazers will play well again with the confidence they took away from the big win over the Bulls and while they may not win they will keep it close and, at least, cover the 10-point spread.
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