Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 2/6/12
NBA Matchup Insight

The Blazers are coming off a win and they have the best home record in the league and even though the Thunder are coming off a loss and already lost to Portland this season they have the best record in the West and are 7-3 in their last 10 games.


Oklahoma City Thunder (18-5) at Portland TrailBlazers (14-10)
When: 10 PM ET, Monday, February 6, 2012
Where: Rose Garden, Portland, OR
Broadcast: NBA TV
Thunder vs. Blazers Betting Lines from Bovada.lv
Spread: Thunder -1.5
Moneyline: OFF
Over/Under: 194.5
*NBA ATS Matchup Report*

The Thunder have won 4 of their last 5 games on the road, but in that span their opponents are averaging 103.5 ppg. However, the reason they are winning is that they have a great offense that ranks 3rd in the league in scoring.

The Thunder lost their last game to San Antonio because the Spurs shot lights out from beyond the 3-pt line and the Blazers won their last game with Nicolas Batum hitting 9 of his 15 3-point bombs.

Oklahoma City will have to win this game with their offense, as keeping the Blazers from lighting up the scoreboard at home is unlikely.

This season the Blazers are averaging 105.9 ppg at home and in their last 5 home games they are outscoring opponents by an average of over 25 ppg.

LaMarcus Aldridge (23.1 ppg) has been stellar this season and will have to score in this game and get help from Gerald Wallace, Wesley Mathews, and Batum.

The Portland defense ranks 9th in the league in opponents’ points allowed and they will be tested in this game by OKC and their great offense that has 3 great scorers in Kevin Durant (26.8 ppg), Russell Westbrook (21.7 ppg), and James Harden(16.7 ppg).

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland TrailBlazers Betting Lines & Handicapping

Durant has struggled in his last 3 games facing Portland only shooting 32.4% in his last 3 games facing them.

These 2 teams met in the beginning of the season in Oklahoma City and the Blazers won that game with Aldridge going for 30 points.

Durant and Westbrook combined to shoot 16/42 in that game and if they struggle again they will lose again.

Thunder vs Trail Blazers Free Prediction

This season the Thunder are 12-11 ATS with an O/U record of 11-12 and the Blazers are 14-10 ATS and they have an O/U record of 9-15.

In some betting trends for this Northwest Division match up the Thunder are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a road favorite and they have an Over record of 5-1 in their last 6 games.

The Blazers are 19-5-2 ATS in their last 26 home games, 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games as an underdog, and they have an Under record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.

Pick: The Blazers are simply a great team at home this season and I think they will show that with a minor upset tonight beating the Thunder.

(Bet Now At Bovada.lv (Bodog If Your In Canada))

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