Portland Poised To Blaze The Thunder On Monday Night

Sunday, February 10, 2019 5:05 PM UTC

Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 5:05 PM UTC

The Portland Trail Blazers travel to OKC after winning seven of their last nine while the Thunder has rolled to 10 wins over their last 11 contests.

 

Portland (33-22 SU, 30-25 ATS) vs. Oklahoma City (36-19 SU, 32-23 ATS) Monday, 8 p.m. ET Free NBA Pick: Trail Blazers ATSBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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The Portland Trail Blazers are still smarting after their 102-101 defeat Sunday at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks, a game in which they scored just nine points in the final frame and watched their 15-point lead evaporate. Prior to that stinging loss, Portland last took the court on Thursday when they dribbled past the San Antonio Spurs, 127-118.

Those who included the Blazers as six-point home chalk in their NBA picks cashed in that one, due primarily to a second quarter outburst that saw the Trail Blazers outscore the Spurs 39-23. Damian Lillard notched 24 points with nine assists, but CJ McCollum played the role of Mr. Big Shot with 30 points, including seven made three-pointers. Portland led by as many as 21 points in the third quarter but the Spurs surged later on in the that frame to knot the score at 88 before the Blazers eventually drew away to the victory.

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“Once the first bucket went down, I felt at home.\"

Hear from @RodneyHood after his debut as a Blazer. #RipCity pic.twitter.com/0Yg7ZfEANY

— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) February 9, 2019
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Oklahoma City has been a veritable ATM for their backers over the course of their latest streak in which they have notched 10 wins over their last 11 games, covering the number in nine of those contests. It was more of the same on Saturday night when the Thunder pulled a mild upset of the Rockets as 2½-point road dogs, notching a 117-112 victory in Houston. It was just the third time over their last 11 games that the NBA odds makers had installed them as underdogs. Despite trailing by 22 at the half, the Thunder awoke and erased the deficit by outscoring the Rockets 42-20 in the third quarter. It was OKC’s largest rally of the season and one in which Paul George drilled 45 points to lead the way, while Russell Westbrook tied the NBA record with his ninth consecutive triple-double.

Oklahoma City has bested the Trail Blazers on both occasions this season with a 111-109 win in Portland in early January and then added a 123-114 win at home a few weeks later. Logic would dictate that if the Thunder won and covered their first two against their Northwest division rivals then why not on Monday night? Well, the public will be thinking along those lines, particularly with the Blazers playing their second game in two nights, all of which means the oddsmakers will make their opening line higher than it should be to get the squares to lay a bad number.

However, these are two evenly matched teams, but Portland’s acquisition of Rodney Hood, who went 6-for-7 in his Blazers debut against San Antonio, could tip the balance of power. Let’s not forget that the Trail Blazers are 7-3 both straight up and ATS versus the Thunder over their last 10 contests despite their two setbacks against them this season. Portland is also 6-1 ATS in their last seven games vs. a team with a winning record and should be getting more points than they need to cover the number here. Grab the road pup and make the bookies pay.

Final Score: Thunder 109, Trail Blazers 106

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