Thunder @ Trail Blazers: Lillard, Blazers host Westbrook, Thunder
Thunder @ Trail Blazers NBA odds, spreads and predictions
The Oklahoma City Thunder are coming off a loss as they travel to Portland to take on the Trail Blazers tonight.
Russell Westbrook finished with 38 points, 13 rebounds and six assists for the Thunder in a 131-120 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Paul George returned from injury and came away with 25 points, five rebounds and two assists, Steven Adams contributed 13 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, and Dennis Schroder chipped in 14 points, four rebounds and five assists off the bench for the Thunder.
Karl-Anthony Towns finished with a game-high 41 points to go along with 14 rebounds and two steals for the Timberwolves in the victory.
When is it? Thursday March 7th
What time is tip off? 10:30 p.m. ET
Where is it being played? Moda Center
Which channel is it on? TNT
The Portland Trail Blazers are looking to bounce back in the win column as well.
CJ McCollum finished with a team-high 27 points for the Trail Blazers in a 120-111 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night.
Damian Lillard added 24 points and eight assists, Maurice Harkless contributed 20 points, six rebounds and three assists, and Jusuf Nurkic chipped in six points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and two blocks for the Trail Blazers.
Michael Conley had a career-high 40 points to go along with three rebounds and four assists for the Grizzlies in the win.
Thunder @ Trail Blazers Spread
The Portland Trail Blazers are giving the Thunder 3.5 points in this basketball matchup.
I believe the Blazers will cover the spread and ultimately walk away with the home victory. You have to think the Blazers are licking their chops at this home game, especially since the Thunder beat them the previous three times they met this season.
You have to think there is some revenge factor in the minds of the Trail Blazers, right?
I love McCollum and Lillard in this one and I believe they will guide Portland to the big win.
Take the Blazers minus the 3.5 points.
Thunder @ Trail Blazers Over/Under
The over/under in this one is set at 233.5 total points.
My final score prediction: Portland Trail Blazers 125, Oklahoma City Thunder 120.
Roll with the over in this contest.
Where the game will be won or lost
The Thunder visiting the Trail Blazers will be one of the most important basketball games at this point of the season.
Both teams have a 39-25 record and they are tied for third place with Houston in the Western Conference. The Thunder came away with victories in their first three matchups with the Trail Blazers, so they will be looking for a season sweep.
The Blazers blew a 16-point first-half lead and fell 120-111 to the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night. Memphis (26-40) has the second-worst record in the West.
Oklahoma City is coming off a 131-120 loss at Minnesota when the Timberwolves shot 52.2 percent from the field and hit 11-of-22 three-point attempts in the game.
Small forward Paul George was finally back in action for the Thunder after missing three games with a shoulder injury. George finished with 25 points but only hit on 8-of-25 shots in the game.
The Thunder are losers of five of six games as they enter the second game of a four-game road trip.