The Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers highlight tonight's NBA action as they square off at the Moda Center in the City of Roses. This evening's clash between the two Northwest rivals is scheduled to tip off at 10:00pm ET; coverage of the game will be provided by NBA TV. The latest NBA Odds have the Trail Blazers listed as a -1 against the spread home favorite and the Over/Under set at 210.5 points.
Portland has some work to do in order to reel in the Northwest leading Thunder, but they can make a dent in Oklahoma City's four game advantage tonight.
The Blazers do have two wins over the Thunder this season as they defeated Kevin Durant and company 111-104 at home on December 4th and 98-94 in Oklahoma City on New Year's Eve; however, they have not been consistent of late.
Portland, which is coming off a four game road swing, is 3-4 in its last seven games, suffering losses to Golden State, Memphis, Washington, and Indiana. The Trail Blazers also took it on the chin in their most recent meeting with the Thunder.
Oklahoma City knocked off Portland 105-97 on January 21st at the Chesapeake Energy Arena thanks to a tremendous 46 point effort from Durant. The Thunder have won nine of 11 games since defeating the Blazers, but they too have stumbled a bit recently.
Oklahoma City is 3-2 in its last five outings and both of those losses came on the road as they were drubbed 81-96 in Washington and absorbed a stunning 102-103 loss in Orlando last Friday.
Series Notes: The Thunder are 8-2 in their last 10 meetings with Portland and they are 3-1 in their last four outings at the Moda Center.
Notable Trends: Portland is 7-0 straight up and 4-2-1 against the spread in its last seven games as a home favorite coming off a road win (Over was 6-1 in those same seven games).
NBA Odds Oklahoma City Thunder vs Portland Trail Blazers:
Oklahoma City Thunder +1 (-110), Over 210.5 (-110), -105 (Moneyline)
Portland Trail Blazers -1 (-110), Under 210.5 (-110), -115 (Moneyline)
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