Todays Palmerbet NBA Tips & Preview breaks down Rusty Westbrook’s OKC Thunder’s trip to the Pacific North West to take on Damien Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers. We’ve also put together our tips in 7 other games for your Saturday.
14:30 (AEDT), Sat 5th Jan @ Moda Center, Portland
History: Played 232: Thunder 116 V Trail Blazers 116
Last meeting: March 25, 2018: Trail Blazers 108 d Thunder 105 at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City
Final Thoughts: The Trail Blazers are sitting 22-16 and 5th in the Western Conference and welcome the Thunder who sit two wins above them and 2nd in the same division.
The Thunder are on a two game winning run, after comfortable games against the Lakers and the Mavericks. Stat machine Westbrook put up a 3 from 20 triple double against the Lakers and was saved the embarrassment thanks to Paul George’s 37 points. The season hasn’t been the best for Westbrook, but he’s still averaging a Triple Double. Class, Stat Padding or Both? Its George who is driving OKC’s success. Averaging almost 27 points and 8 rebounds a game, he’s the foil for Westbrook that Carmelo Anthony couldn’t be.
We’re liking what the Blazers are dishing up post Christmas. Wins over the Warriors, Kings and 76ers has been outstanding as they climb the conference table. Damien Lillard , CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic are a fine Top 3, but they haven’t recruited well enough to go nuclear. They just need that special talent if they are going to compete in such as stacked conference.
Unbelievably, the Blazers have taken the last 6 against the Thunder, home and away. Each of those victories by an average of just 5 points. Both sides match up well together, home court advantage will keep it close, but its only a matter of time before Westbrook explodes. Add Paul George’s immense talent to that and OKC are something special.
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