Oklahoma City Thunder VS Portland Trail Blazers (Game 5) Tuesday 04/23/19
The Oklahoma City Thunder are headed for a third straight early exit in the NBA playoffs.
Westbrook’s Game 3 performance in which he made four three-pointers, the point guard hasn’t been nearly efficient enough for the Thunder to compete with the Blazers. He’s shooting 30.4 percent from three-point range and 36.3 percent from the field this series. Westbrook isn’t averaging a triple-double and filling the stat sheet like he normally does, and he’s got a PER of just 14.2.
Paul George is still on the court and underperforming, making just 37 percent of his shots.
Oklahoma City’s supporting cast has shot poorly in three of the four games. While the Thunder’s role players have come up short in this series
The Blazers have been dominant in Portland this season, going 32-9 at home before taking the first two games of the series in Portland. The Thunder haven’t won a road playoff game since Kevin Durant left after the 2016 postseason.
Lillard scored 15 points in the third quarter of Game 4. He’s tied for the league lead with 28.8 points per game this postseason. The All-Star is doing it by shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from three-point range.
CJ McCollum has a higher PER than both Westbrook and George, scoring 26.3 points on 20.5 shots per game. The shooting guard is also adding 6.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.
Lillard and McCollum have made a few big shots this series when the Thunder were looking to make late fourth-quarter runs. Portland has to be feeling really good as they return home with those two players leading the way.
Portland’s stars have outperformed Westbrook and George, the Blazers might cover that spread comfortably.
Over is 20-7-2 in Trail Blazers last 29 games playing on 1 days rest.
Over is 12-3-2 in Trail Blazers last 17 games as a favorite 5.0-10.5
Under is 4-0 in Trail Blazers last 4 playoff games as a favorite. Under is 5-2 in Trail Blazers last 7 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
Trail Blazers are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Tuesday games.
Trail Blazers are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games as an underdog of 5.0-10.5.
Under is 5-1 in Thunder last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
Over is 6-2 in Thunder last 8 games as a favorite of 5.0-10.5.
Under is 50-23-1 in Thunder last 74 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Over is 9-3 in Thunder last 12 games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5.
Thunder are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss. Thunder are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games as a favorite.
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