The Portland Trail Blazers succeeded in holding off the lower-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of their Western Conference Quarterfinals series. Game 2 will come from Moda Center at the Rose Quarter shortly after 10:30 p.m. Eastern.
Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trail Blazers: By the Numbers
- Game 1 marked Portland’s first victory over the Thunder this season.
- The Thunder was led by 26 points from Paul George and 24 from Russell Westbrook, but only two other players were able to score in double figures. Three Blazers’ starters scored at least 20 points.
- Oklahoma City led in rebounds, assists, and steals and had fewer turnovers than Portland in Game 1.
- The Thunder shot just 5-for-33 from beyond the arc as a team, while Portland made 44 percent of its 3-point attempts.
Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trail Blazers: Key Injuries
Thunder SG Hamidou Diallo has been ruled out of a fifth consecutive game due to right elbow soreness.
C.J. McCollum returned to score 24 points in Game 1 for the Blazers and should be fine for Tuesday’s second game.
Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trail Blazers: Best Bet
Moneyline: The Thunder is a slight underdog with -105 odds to Portland’s -115. Roll with the visitors, who almost need to fare better from 3-point range Tuesday.
Against the spread: The spread is just 1 point in favor of the home team. An Oklahoma City cover is paying -110, but we’ll stick with the better number for the outright win.
Over/under: Game 1 came in well below a 224.5 closing line. The total has dropped just slightly to 223 for Tuesday’s meeting. Stick with the UNDER.
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