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NBA Picks: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Jeff GrantContributor IApril 12, 2013

NBA Picks: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers

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    The Oklahoma City Thunder have won six straight games against the Portland Trail Blazers, which is important to consider when making your NBA picks on Friday night as the two teams meet at the Rose Garden.

    Sports bettors will find that the Thunder are 10-point road favorites in the pro basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 204.5 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this Western Conference matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction on the total along the way.

Oklahoma City Thunder

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    The Oklahoma City Thunder are 5-1 straight up and against the spread over their last six games. They are coming off a convincing 116-97 victory over the Golden State Warriors as four-point road favorites on Thursday night.

    Sports bettors will find that the Thunder are 7-7 against the spread when playing on back-to-back days, with the UNDER going 9-5 in that situation.

Portland Trail Blazers

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    The Portland Trail Blazers have lost nine games in a row, including a 113-106 defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers as 6.5-point home underdogs on Wednesday night.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Trail Blazers are 60-53-3 against the spread at home, with the OVER going 62-53-1 in that situation.


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    I'm going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their NBA picks on Friday night, as the UNDER is 3-0 in the first three meetings between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers—falling short of the number by an average of 19.7 points per game. 

    NBA Pick: Under 204.5


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