The Portland Trail Blazers (17-14, 10-8 Away) will try to slow down one of the league’s top scoring teams when they travel to face the Oklahoma City Thunder (13-18, 8-7 Home) on Wednesday.
The teams face off in their second successive game against each other. Oklahoma City narrowly defeated Portland 123-121 at Paycom Center on Monday, their fifth straight head-to-head win.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 35 points and six assists. Damian Lillard had 28 points and six assists in defeat. The Trail Blazers are the sixth seed in the Western Conference. The Thunder are 13th in the Western Conference.
The Thunder’s win on Monday was the teams’ only earlier meeting this season. Anfernee Simons and Jerami Grant, averaging 23.2 and 22.0 points per game, respectively, have led the Blazers in scoring this season. Both are among the NBA’s top scorers, as Simons is No. 1 and Grant is first. Simons also has dished 4.2 assists per game, most in the NBA.
Meanwhile, Jusuf Nurkic is grabbing 9.9 rebounds per game. Gilgeous-Alexander’s 31.3 points per game have powered the Thunder on offense. He is the top scorer in the league. Gilgeous-Alexander also has recorded 5.8 assists per game, most in the NBA. Josh Giddey has posted 8.1 rebounds per game.
The Thunder are averaging 115.5 points per game, ranking as one of the most explosive offenses in the NBA (3rd). The Trail Blazers are 3-7 in their last 10 visits to Paycom Center. In the last 10 games, Portland is 6-4 with an average margin of +3.4 (118.4-115.0).
For the season, the Trail Blazers are averaging 112.6 points per game, compared to 112.1 for opponents. Oklahoma City has split the last 10 (5-5), allowing 115.9 points per game on average while scoring only 114.9 (-1.0 margin).
(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Kenrich Williams: 21.0 | 12.6 | +8.4
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl: 9.0 | 14.4 | -5.4
Points per game:
Aleksej Pokusevski: 5.2 | 8.8 | -3.6
Rebounds per game:
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl: 2.0 | 5.0 | -3.0
SportsTips’ NBA Pick:
Portland Trail Blazers (-160)
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