Trail Blazers vs Thunder Predictions
16 February 2021
Trail Blazers vs Thunder Pick: Trail Blazers -7.5
Trail Blazers vs Thunder is a Western Conference tilt between two teams that have quite different aspirations in 2021. On one side, we have a quite capable Portland Trail Blazers team that is playing at a high level despite being marred by injuries. They will take on an Oklahoma City Thunder team that is unlikely to have playoff aspirations before 2023
Trail Blazers vs Thunder has been played over 200 times, with the split being as close as it can be between two teams that have played this amount of games. Recent seasons paint a quite similar picture to that of the long term history, as the Trail Blazers and Thunder have played each other quite evenly.
You will find the best NBA picks for Thunder vs Trail Blazers below.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Pick
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Why bet the Trail Blazers?
✅ Blazers figuring it out without McCollum and Nurkic: Despite missing two of their top players for at least a month, the Blazers have done a remarkable job of rattling off wins without them. They have won four straight and six of their last seven. The Blazers will be a team to watch down the stretch as Zach Collins is expected to return this season in addition to CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic.
✅ Thunder banged up: The Blazers aren’t the only team not playing at full strength. The Thunder will continue to be without their top player Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Additionally guards George Hill and Theo Maledon remain out. This leaves their guard depth quite thin, particulalrly at point guard.
✅ Thunder home woes: While there are now two teams that are a half game worse by record than the Thunder are at home, the Thunder remain on an island all their own in terms of statistical futility in home games. The Thunder are the least efficient offensive team in the league on their home floor.
Despite being third fastest in the league in pace of play, they are seventh worst in the league in points scored per game. Of course when playing at a faster pace, it means more possessions for opponents as well, and the defensive numbers for the Thunder are bleak as well. They are fourth worst in points allowed in home games and sixth worst in defensive efficiency.
The Pick: Trail Blazers -7.5
General Info about Oklahoma City Thunder vs Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers play their home games at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.
The Oklahoma City Thunderplay their home games at the Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Trail Blazers vs Thunder airs on both FOX Sports Oklahoma and NBC Sports Northwest.
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Thunder vs Trail Blazers Predictions
Thunder vs Trail Blazers has been played over 200 times, with no edge to be had on the historical split. The more recent years paint the same picture, and one of competitiveness as these teams have played each other completely even. The current state of each team will be far more predictive than history in this matchup.
Check the Thunder vs Trail Blazers predictions above for this game’s best betting pick.
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Trail Blazers vs Thunder Against the Spread Predictions
Trail Blazers vs Thunder against the spread predictions refer to whether the Thunder or Trail Blazers win or lose by the necessary points to cover the spread.
For a hypothetical line, we will use the Trail Blazers -7.5. This means a wager on the Trail Blazers would require them to win by more than seven points to be considered a winner. A wager on the Thunder, at +7.5, would require them to either win the game outright or to lose by fewer than eight points to have a wager be considered a winner.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Portland Trail Blazers Over/Under Betting
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Portland Trail Blazers Over/Under betting is a way of wagering on the contest without needing to pick the team that wins the game. Instead, these wagers are against a set total of combined points in the game, known simply as the total.
For a hypothetical example, we will use a total set at 225.5 points. Over/Under wagers on this Thunder vs Trail Blazers contest would be betting over or under 225.5 combined points for the two teams.
There are many factors to be considered when diving into Over/Under wagering. These factors include each team’s pace (expected possessions per game), offensive efficiency and defensive efficiency.
Knowing which teams play faster and slower, and which teams play with a higher and lower level of efficiency at each end of the floor is a large edge when over/under wagering.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Thunder Moneyline Predictions
Money Line wagering on NBA is a fun way to bet on one team or the other, while taking the point spread out of play.
Instead of laying or taking the points on the spread, you can lay odds on the favorite or take odds on the underdog to simply win the game outright. If you are looking to wager on a game, and want the best Trail Blazers vs Thunder Money Line predictions, but want to avoid the point spread, a Money Line wager is worth considering.
For an example of how a Money Line wager differs from an against the spread wager, we will use our Trail Blazers -7.5 hypothetical example from above. Instead of the standard -110 odds on an against the spread play, the Trail Blazers can be bet on to simply win outright while laying odds. The Thunder can be bet on to win the game outright while getting odds.
In our hypothetical, we would expect to have to lay about -230 on the Trail Blazers and expect to get about +190 on the Thunder.
With the all time series being played quite even and mirrored in recent years, history cannot be a determining factor on a money line wager. However, history is just one piece of the puzzle and all other factors need to be considered. The more recent matchups have been split, and we need to look at other factors to determine the best play in Trail Blazers vs Thunder matchups.
There are hours of research required for successful NBA predictions, and we are here to provide that for you, with a conclusion summed up and bottom lined.
Thunder vs Trail Blazers Odds
The NBA easily carries the most fluid odds of all the major sports in the United States. We often see a slow release of betting odds. We also see against the spread, over/under and money line odds all fluctuate, often rapidly in reaction to the news cycle throughout a given day leading up to tipoff.
The Thunder vs Trail Blazers regular season matchup won’t draw a massive betting market from the general public, so just a handful of large wagers could move the line in one direction or the other.
Live Streaming Trail Blazers vs Thunder
We are currently lacking sports books in the United States that offer the streaming of NBA games. This will change in the future, but for now we are still required to turn to paid streaming services that might have the game you are looking. For live streaming Trail Blazers vs Thunder you are limited to YouTubeTV, FuboTV and Hulu.