NBA Playoff Betting Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
When: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 9:00 PM
Where: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter in Portland, Oregon
Point Spread: Portland Trail Blazer -2
Betting Total: 219.5
This game is being played at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter in Portland, Oregon with the tip-off scheduled to take place at 9:00 PM ET.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder are down 1 game in the series but will be looking to get back on track Tuesday Night on the road. The Thunder lost game 1 of the series 104-99 becoming the first team to lose to Portland in 8 straight postseason games.
Paul George was questionable headed into the game with a shoulder injury but he not only played, he led the Thunder in scoring, posting a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds in the game.
Russell Westbrook was the team’s second leading scorer, posting a triple-double in the opener in the series. Westbrook has 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the game, even after injuring his right ankle in the fourth quarter of the game.
It is unclear if George or Westbrook will play in this game but with the Thunder’s recent playoff history, you would think that they will do whatever they can to get those guys in the lineup.
The Thunder have gone to the postseason in 8 of the last 9 seasons but the past two have been eliminated in the first round. They will attempt to prevent making it three in a row and even up the series at 1-1 on Tuesday Night.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers were the 3 seed heading into the Western Conference Playoffs. The Trail Blazers went 53-29 in the regular season and were 32-9 at home in Oregon.
On Saturday, the Trail Blazers were anchored by 3 players scoring 20 or more points. Damian Lillard was the game-high scorer with 30 points. CJ McCollum had 24 points, while Enes Kanter had a double-double with 20 points and 18 rebounds.
Many people, including myself, felt that Portland would struggle without their big man Jusuf Nurkic in the lineup. Nurkic had a gruesome leg injury that ended his season. Kanter stepped up in a big way, pulling down 18 rebounds in the game over a team that was expected to dominate on the glass.
This was just Kanter’s 9th start of the year with the Trail Blazers but it was his 3rd double-double in the postseason. With Kanter’s physicality, the Trail Blazers are going to be tough to beat in the postseason, especially at home.
Watch For Low Scoring Game In Game 2 of Series
The first game of the series played under the posted total and that was with 3 players from Portland scoring 20 or more points. These two teams really aren’t high scoring teams and with the injuries surrounding Oklahoma City, one must believe that this game will play out even lower than the first game of the series. This will be a small play on the game to play under 220 (buy half point).