The Portland Trail Blazers were swept out of the first round of the playoffs in every one of the previous two seasons. Presently, they are in position to potentially display the Oklahoma City Thunder with a similar fate in the 2019 NBA Playoffs. Portland brings a 2-0 lead into Game 3 on Friday night as the best-of-seven series movements to Oklahoma City. Tipoff from Chesapeake Energy Arena is set for 9:30 p.m. ET. The Thunder won every one of the four regular season matchups against Portland however have been unfit to get any footing so far in this first-round playoff series. Portland’s dynamic backcourt of CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard have been the distinction as the Blazers won consecutive amusements at the Moda Center. Oklahoma City won both regular season challenges at home by nine points each. Oklahoma City is an eight-point most loved and the over-under for total points scored is 221 in the most recent Thunder vs Blazers odds. Before you lock in your Thunder vs Blazers picks, make certain to see the NBA playoff predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
The model, which reproduces each game 10,000 times, is pounding its NBA picks. It entered Week 27 of the 2018-19 NBA season with a sterling 294-242 record on all first class picks, returning more than $3,500 in benefit to anyone tailing them. What’s more, it has been especially red-hot on its An evaluated NBA picks against the spread, entering Week 27 on a strong 77-62 run. Anyone who has tailed it is way up.
Presently, the model has dialed in on Game 3 of Thunder vs. Blazers. We can disclose to you the model is hanging over, and it has likewise produced a point-spread pick that hits very nearly 60 percent of the time. That choice is accessible at SportsLine.
The model has represented the way that the Thunder have still been aggressive regardless of monstrous edge shooting. At the point when at pinnacle productivity, their perimeter threat as a defend against opposing defensive units falling a lot on drives by Russell Westbrook and Paul George. Be that as it may, through the initial two games, Oklahoma City is only 10-of-61 (16.4 percent) from 3-point range, well beneath its season sign of 34.4 percent.
The Thunder additionally have seen some solid production from their job players. Focus Steven Adams has 33 and 18 bounce back through the initial two games. Hold Nerlens Noel has included 16 and 13 bounce back in 27 minutes of play. There’s a possibility the adjustment in setting could affect the Thunder’s protective effectiveness. Oklahoma City’s resistance held Portland to under 43 percent shooting from the field in both normal season gatherings at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
All things considered, OKC is a long way from guaranteed of covering the Thunder versus Jackets spread on Friday in the NBA Playoffs 2019 against a Portland club that is anxious to wipe away ongoing postseason failures.
The Blazers were cleared in the first round in every one of the previous two seasons, thwarted by their absence of execution in close games. They have turned the corner in large part because of the play of Lillard and McCollum, one of the NBA’s top backcourt duos.
In Game 2, the guards combined for 62 points on 22-of-43 shooting, including seven 3-pointers. They also had 12 rebounds and 11 assists. The Blazers have hit 42 percent from 3-point range through the first two games.