The Portland Trail Blazers will wrap up their four game road swing tonight when they battle the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Tip off in this evening's clash between the two Northwest adversaries is set for 8:00pm ET. Opening Tuesday NBA Betting Odds are favoring the hosting Thunder at -6 against the spread; the game total is set at 216 points.
The Trail Blazers nearly completed their tour of Texas with a perfect record, but the Rockets managed to trip them up at last night at the Toyota Center. Houston downed Portland, which defeated the Spurs 109-100 and the Mavericks 127-111 over the weekend, 128-113 to end its Lone Star run.
Now the Blazers will fight Oklahoma City for sole possession of first place in the Northwest Division. Both teams are 31-10 overall right now, but Portland is 2-0 against the Thunder this season, earning 111-104 and 98-94 wins over its division rival last month. Prior to those two victories, the Thunder had won seven straight opposite the Blazers.
Oklahoma City started the new year in atypical fashion by losing four of its first seven January games, but it has returned to its usual form of late. The Thunder won their third straight game on Sunday night, taking down the Kings 108-93 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Before their dismantling of Sacramento, Kevin Durant and company took out the Rockets 104-92 in Houston and the Warriors 127-121 in Oklahoma City. Sunday's victory also improved their home record to 18-3 for the season.
Notable Trends: Portland is 6-0 both straight up and against the spread in its last six games as a road dog with a spread between 4 and 7.5 points. Oklahoma City is 1-4 against the spread in its last five games as a home favorite against a Northwest opponent with a spread between 4 and 7.5 points.
NBA Betting Odds Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder:
Portland Trail Blazers +6 (-110), Over 216 (-110), +210 (Moneyline)
Oklahoma City Thunder -6 (-110), Under 216 (-110), -250 (Moneyline)
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