I am going to preface this preview by saying something. I’m an Oklahoma City Thunder fan, but you wouldn’t be able to tell from what I’m about to write. The first round of the NBA Playoffs are well underway and the sixth-seeded OKC Thunder are taking on third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers. These two teams do not like each other at all. There’s been shit talking, a few scrums, and a ton of hatred on the court. The Blazers have a commanding 3-1 lead and have a chance to finish out OKC in Portland tonight.
Line – Portland -4
O/U – 221
Tip – 9:30 p.m. CT at Moda Center in Portland, Oregon
Oklahoma City Thunder
If you haven’t watched a single NBA game this season, you would only need about 10 minutes of game time to see how frustrating the Thunder can be at times. Their two star players, Russell Westbrook and Paul George, play hero ball too often. Westbrook is the type of player who can get to the rim whenever he wants, but he has had one of his worst years shooting the ball, statistically speaking. The NBA game is changing to a shooters league, and Russ just isn’t a shooter. OKC limped into the playoffs and have struggled to stop Portland’s offense through the first four games in the series.
Portland Trail Blazers
As much as I dislike Damian Lillard, the dude is a ballller. He has shown so far this postseason that he is not afraid of a single damn person. He’s hiking shots up from 30+ feet and splashing them with ease. Lillard was recently voted by his NBA peers as the most underrated player in the league. Pair him with CJ McCollum, and you have the second best backcourt in the NBA. The Blazers also run deep with names like Enes Kanter, Maurice Harkless, and Al-Farouq Aminu making HUGE contributions in this series.
Analysis & Prediction
If you own a house, car, boat, least favorite kid, or something else of value, throw that som’ bitch down on the Blazers money line tonight. The Thunder are going to drop this game on the road big time. Their season will be over. The combo of Lillard and McCollum could drop over 60 points tonight combined, and Westbrook and George will have to try and play hero ball again. I’m not sure that I have ever been this confident about a game in my life. Book it.
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