The Oklahoma City Thunder travel to the Moda Center to take on the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been in terrible shape as they’ve lost 11 of their last 12 games overall and they will be hoping to bounce back after coming up short against the Nuggets in a 113-107 road loss on Saturday. Theo Maledon led the team with 20 points, Aleksej Pokusevski added 17 points with five assists while Tre Mann chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Thunder shot 46 percent from the field and 14 of 36 from the 3-point line as they struggled to contain the Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic and trailed by 16 points in the third quarter, before they made a run in the fourth quarter to make it interesting late.
Meanwhile, the Portland Trail Blazers have been in horrible form as they’ve lost 13 of their last 15 games and they will be hoping to stop a three-game skid after getting routed by the Rockets in a 115-98 loss on Saturday. Trendon Watford and Brandon Williams each scored 15 points, Drew Eubanks and Keon Johnson each scored 14 points, while Ben McLemore chipped in with 11 points off the bench. As a team, the Trail Blazers shot just 39 percent from the field and 12 of 40 from the 3-point line as they kept pace with the Rockets in the first half, but they couldn’t keep up the pace and managed just 38 points in the second half to get blown out in the end. CJ Elleby scored just eight points on three of 10 shooting while Keljin Blevins scored just six points on two of 12 shooting off the bench.
Looking at the betting trends, the Thunder are 20-6 ATS in their last 26 road games, 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games against a team below .400 and 23-9-1 ATS in their last 33 games against a team with a losing record. The Trail Blazers are 1-5 ATS in their last six home games, 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the under is 4-0 in the last four meetings overall and the Thunder are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings overall.
Here we have two of the coldest teams in the league going head to head in a game that doesn’t mean much at this stage of the season. The Thunder haven’t had much to cheer about as they’ve lost 11 of their last 12 games, but they were more than competitive in their narrow loss to the Nuggets on Saturday despite missing so many players, while the Trail Blazers have been ice-cold and they might have just hit rock-bottom after getting blown out twice in a row by the Rockets. You couldn’t back either team with much confidence these days, but I’ll stick with the Thunder in a close one.