NBA Picks: Thunder vs. Trail Blazers

Jordan Sharp

Sunday, January 13, 2013 5:21 PM GMT

Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 5:21 PM GMT

One of the final NBA games of the week will feature the Thunder traveling into Portland to play the Blazers. NBA Odds for this game favor the Thunder on the road by -4 ½, with a total of right at 200.

NBA Picks: Thunder vs. Blazers

Who will get the win and cover in this Western Conference battle, and which side of the betting odds do you need to be on to cash a winner? I’m here to tell you I have a nice pick on one of them. 

Rolling Thunder

The Thunder regained their top spot in the West on Friday, and now they sit a half game up on the idle Clippers for the West’s top spot. At 28-8 SU, the Thunder own the best record in the NBA, and after a short slump where they lost to the Wizards and Nets, the Thunder have won their last two games in strong fashion, beating both the Lakers and Wolves by double figures.

OKC needs to keep the pressure up in their games, because teams like the Clippers and Spurs can close in on them if they start to lose multiple games in a row. This is a crucial stretch for the Thunder, as tonight’s game starts a stretch where eight of their next nine games will be on the road.

These won’t be easy road games either. Including the Blazers tonight, the Thunder will have to play the Nuggets, Clippers, Warriors and Lakers on the road in this stretch. Against the Blazers this evening, the Thunder will have to bust out that good defense they have been showing some this season, as well as their offense. The Rose Garden hasn’t been kind to teams this season, and while the Thunder are good enough to overcome the road crowd, no one is immune to it. 

Blazers fighting for relevance

I still can only imagine how good this team would be if they had a healthy Greg Oden and Brandon Roy along with their current roster. This team could have opened up a dynasty the Blazers haven’t seen in decades.

Alas, they are stuck with what they have, and although they have been solid this season, they lack the depth and experience to do anything if they do in fact make the playoffs. LaMarcus Aldridge is great, and Nick Batum and others have showed up this season, but in the end, the Blazers have a five or six man rotation, in a league where you need at least nine or ten guys to give you solid minutes. The Blazers do not have that.

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The Sharp Pick

For tonight’s game, I’m siding with the total once again, and I’m going over. The total of only 200 points is one of my favorite bets of the day. The Thunder are the leagues best scoring team, averaging over 105 points per game. The Blazers haven’t been bad either this season on offense, averaging 97 points per game.

Portland however is not great defensively, giving up almost 100 points per game. One big issue for the Blazers tonight will be the injury to Aldridge. Aldridge tweaked his ankle against the Warriors, and although he looks like he’ll suit up, he might not be 100%. However, for my NBA betting, I’m siding with the over. Three of the last four times these two have gotten together, the total has gone over, and at only 200 points, I see some nice value.

My Pick: OVER 200 at BetOnline

As always, good luck with the rest of the your sports picks today!
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