Expect the OKC crowd to be loud and ready for a win today. I think Thunder should take care of business here as Paul George bounced back from an awful Game 1 and I think he should be playing at a high level at home. I'm going with OKC.
This is the NBA and while everything is telling me to bet the Blazers here, I feel this is a trap. George is not right and that shoulder injury needs to be taking into consideration and Lillard and McCollum have been pure fire this series. But here's the thing, OKC is down two games and need a win bad. Don't forget there's a reason Westbrook/George are always in the MVP conversation every year. This year books dropped all names the last couple weeks of the season and you could only bet on three players for MVP. Hardin, Giannis, and Paul George. I've seen Lillard and McCollum give you hope that they are the real deal just to play like trash way to many times and my money has to go on OKC as much as I feel it's wrong because of the two previous game
Give me the Blazers and the points here. The Thunder have struggled against the spread, losing their last four games against Northwest Division opponents and four of their last five home games against teams with winning road records. The Trailblazers have played well against the spread, winning 11 of their last 16 road games and three of their last five games when playing on two-days rest. The Thunders biggest problem through the first two games has been Russell Westbrooks inability to slow down Damian Lillard, who is averaging 30 points per game through the first two games. They also havent been getting a lot of contribution from their bench and will struggle once again if their bench continues to play as they did in the first two games.
Betting Prediction for Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder on April 19, 2019, 9:30 PM ET
Free Betting Prediction: Oklahoma City will WIN , Portland will Cover , and the Total will go Over .
Shooting only 16 percent from behind the arc through two games isn't always death knell but the Oklahoma City Thunder should be concerned going into Game 3 vs the Portland Trail Blazers. The Thunder are in a 0-2 hole in their first-round series and have only hit 10 of their 61 attempts from behind the arc. However, OKC did take down the Blazers in both of its games at Chesapeake Energy Arena this season with both victories by nine points.The Thunder opened as 7.5-point favorites with a total of 221.5. Original matchup: http://bit.ly/2IFXLQz