NBA Betting Odds and Picks: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trail Blazers
Sunday, 1/13/13, 9:00 PM EST, TV:  CSNW
Opening Point Spread:  Oklahoma City -5
Current Betting Line:  Oklahoma City -4.5
Opening Total:  199
Current Total:  200.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Oklahoma City Thunder are the highest-scoring team in the NBA entering Sunday’s action

Oklahoma City has won four of its last five games, including a 116-101 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers as six-point road favorites, while going UNDER the total for the fourth time in that span.  The Thunder will be aiming to score 100 or more points in this Western Conference matchup, considering they’ve compiled a perfect 23-0 mark this year when doing so.  The squad is led by forward Kevin Durant on the offensive end, averaging 28.5 points per game, while point guard Russell Westbrook has averaged 30 points in the team’s four-game win streak in this series.  Oklahoma City is 4-0 ATS as a road favorite of 3.5 to 6 points this season, something to consider when making your pro basketball picks Sunday night.

The Thunder are 10-5 overall when playing away from Chesapeake Energy Arena, including a 4-2 mark versus conference rivals.  Oklahoma City ranks first in the NBA in scoring 105.7 points per game, which has allowed the club to outscore its opponents by an average of 9.2 points per game.  Durant and Westbrook are combining to average 50.4 points per game—making them the highest-scoring duo in the league.

Portland had its four-game win streak snapped in a disappointing 103-97 defeat to the Golden State Warriors as eight-point road underdogs Friday, which was expected by many after picking up a 92-90 home win over the defending NBA champion Miami Heat the night before.  “We had a lot of shots at the rim and missed some of those opportunities,” stated Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts.  Rookie point guard Damian Lillard managed to score a career-high 37 points in the losing effort.  Portland is 2-0 ATS as a home underdog of 3.5 to 6 points this season.

The Trail Blazers were handed a 106-92 loss in their first meeting with the Thunder as 8.5-point road underdogs on Nov. 2, while going UNDER the posted total of 204.5.  Portland owns a nine-game home winning streak, as it has allowed opponents to score just 92.1 points per game during that stretch.

Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, with the UNDER going 5-2 in the Thunder’s last seven road games.

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