The current #12 in the West Portland Trail Blazers will face tomorrow #10 in the West Oklahoma City Thunder in Moda Center, Portland.
The Portland Trail Blazers are far from the expectations in the start of the season, when most analysts were taking them as a top 6 team in the West, even more after they have reached the Western Conference Finals last season. But the truth is that Portland is yet to find their rhythm and achieve solid results, holding right now an overall record 6W/12L and an awful 1W/4L playing at home, very far from last season’s performance where they only lost 9 games in 41 played. Even more strange is the fact that, the Blazers should be stronger this year, after the arrival of players like Whiteside, Bazemore, Hezonja and recently Melo, that in my opinion are better than the ones that left (Turner, Aminu, Kanter, Leonard). So even considering that Nurkic is still dealing with an injury since the end of last season, I do believe Portland will regroup and end up entering the playoff contention in the West, and for that they have a must win game tomorrow. Another important factor for this team’s underperformance is that, they have by far the most away games played in the season 13, when most teams have less than 10 away games. It’s true that they already lost 4 games at home, but opponents were the Raptors (even without Lowry and Ibaka), the Sixers, the Nuggets and the Nets (this is the shocking one), but still they have more than enough quality to earn a Top 8 spot in the West. Lillard and Whiteside are both back from injury, Melo seems to still be adjusting to the team and his scoring ability is still there.
Oklahoma City Thunders entered this season in a rebuilding process, after the departures of Paul George to the Clippers and Russel Westbrook to the Rockets. They also let go some role players like veterans Morris and Patterson, and brought to Oklahoma veterans Chris Paul and Danilo Gallinari, as well as Gilgeous-Alexander, a player that should have a bright future in the league. Oklahoma is actually ahead of Portland, with an overall record of 6W/10L but struggling a lot away from home, where only yesterday they achieved their first win against the injury troubled Golden State Warriors, holding now an away record of 1W/6L. It’s true that Oklahoma always fight for the games and they aren’t a team blown out frequently, but this 2-point handicap should be short for them tomorrow.
In conclusion, I see more quality in Portland, and after so many away games they will start a sequence of 6 home games in the next 7 (one away is in LA against the Clippers) and I also expect them to win games starting tomorrow already against Oklahoma. If you also want to enjoy the best odds and highest limits for this match, then you should sign up for the best betting platform and secure your place amongst winners!