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Portland Trail Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder predictions, picks and best bets

The Portland Trail Blazers took care of business on home court in their first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder and now hold a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Quarterfinals as they relocate to Chesapeake Energy Arena for Game 3 Friday. Things will get underway shortly after 9:30 p.m. Eastern.

Odds provided by Bet365; for a full-set of today’s sports betting odds, access them at USA TODAY Sports.

Portland Trail Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder: By the Numbers

  • The third-seeded Trail Blazers opened the postseason as underdogs against the sixth-seed Thunder in the first-round. The Blazers are now -210 favorites to win the series.
  • Portland routed OKC by 20 points in Game 2 after squeaking out a five-point win in the series opener. Its leading scoring in each game has had at least 30 points.
  • SF Paul George is the only player averaging better than 20 points per game for the Thunder. PG Russell Westbrook is averaging 19 points, 10.5 assists, and 9.5 total rebounds.
  • The Thunder has made just 10 of 61 3-point attempts through the first two games of the series. Portland is shooting .421 from beyond the arc.

Portland Trail Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder: Key Injuries

Jusuf Nurkic is out for Portland.

SGs Hamidou Diallo and Andre Roberson are sidelined for Oklahoma City.

Portland Trail Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder: Best Bet

Moneyline: Portland is a massive +270 underdog in its first road game of the postseason. It’s the second game in a row the Thunder has been the favorite despite the 20-point loss last time out. The number is far too big to pass up for a team leading the series 2-0.

Against the spread: The Thunder is being spotted -7.5 points in its first home game. If you’re not willing to pick the Trail Blazers for the outright win, at least take them to cover at -110 odds.

Over/under: The total of 221.5 is the highest on Friday’s three-game slate. Choose the OVER (-110) as OKC aims to get back to its sixth-ranked pace of 105.3 possessions from the regular season.

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