NBA Pick #3: 559 Portland Trail Blazers @ 560 Oklahoma City Thunder
Rating: 4 units - Regular Play
Pick: Portland Trail Blazers (+5.5) (Play up to +5)
Odds: -111 / 1.90 on Pinnacle Sports OR -110 / 1.91 on Bookmaker
Oklahoma City is coming from a great win at Houston, even though they were quite erratic with 19 turnovers. Grant might be considered as just a role player in the team, but he has been a very important key in the team's recent success and he is out tonight. The Thunder will then be forced to use Patterson and Diallo at the PF position, but they lack Grant's great versatility on defense to guard Lillard and McCollum on the pick n rolls. On the other hand, Portland has been playing well and they were primed to have a nice road win at Dallas yesterday before completely collapsing on the fourth quarter. I expect a bounce back game from the Blazers tonight, who has been showing good balance on the rotation and hence, these 5.5 points seem to be too much for them on this game. I'm taking Portland in here.