The Oklahoma City Thunder visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night in an ESPN game, and BookMaker offers a special prop on whether Thunder star Russell Westbrook has yet another triple-double in the game.
Westbrook's streak of seven straight triple-doubles ended on Sunday in a 99-96 home win over Boston has he had "only" 37 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Thus ended the NBA's longest triple-double run since Michael Jordan had seven straight in 1989.
"I'll say this about the triple-doubles, because I always find this interesting, on a night like (Sunday) with all the things he did, is it any less special than if he would have had a couple more assists?" Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. "To me, sometimes we get wrapped up if he had 37 points, 20 rebounds and eight assists, is it disappointing? I get all the stuff of people wanting to talk about it, but at the same point, part of the reason he didn't get a triple-double was we didn't shoot the ball particularly well."
Westbrook didn't record an assist on a made basket farther than 8 feet as OKC was just 3-for-21 from 3-point range vs. Boston. On the season, Westbrook has an NBA-leading 12 triple-doubles -- the Thunder are 9-3 on NBA picks in those games -- and is averaging an absurd 31.1 points, 11.0 assists and 10.9 rebounds. It's the longest into the season a player has averaged a triple-double since Oscar Robertson in 1963-64 when he did it the whole year.
This is the first meeting of the season between the Blazers and Thunder. Portland and Oklahoma City split the season series 2-2 last season, with both teams winning their home games. Westbrook played in three of the four last year and averaged 18.3 points, 12.0 assists and 7.3 rebounds.
BookMaker's NBA odds list Westbrook at -120 to have a triple-double on Tuesday and -110 not to. Oklahoma City is a 1-point favorite after Portland played at the Clippers Monday night and lost.