Portland Trail Blazers (12-29) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (28-13)
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder 1/23/24 – On Tuesday, January 23, 2024, two teams with opposing fortunes will come face-to-face as Portland Trail Blazers take on Oklahoma City Thunder in an intense and tantalizing match-up. 12-29 Trail Blazers hope to overcome 28-13 Thunder, providing comprehensive statistics analysis with betting trends as well as our expert predictions – it should prove exciting!
Portland Trail Blazers have had an exceptionally difficult season thus far, sporting an 11-29 record with 107.5 points scored per game at 43% field goal percentage and 35.4% three point shooting accuracy; their defense has allowed 122.2 points against their opposition per contest.
Oklahoma City Thunder have experienced an outstanding season so far with an outstanding 28-13 record and boast a powerful offense, scoring 122.2 points on 50.6% field goal shooting while making 39.2% of their three-point attempts.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder 1/23/24 Game Info
|Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at 8:00 PM ET
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Anfernee Simons (SG) vs. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (PG)
Anfernee Simons has been the go-to player for the Trail Blazers’ struggling squad this season. Over 19 games played, Simons averages 22.9 points per game en route to dishing out 4.9 assists each contest he plays in; but defensively his averages only 0.5 steals and 0.1 blocks each contest; nevertheless his scoring prowess will prove essential if Portland hopes to upset Oklahoma City this time out.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been the centerpiece of Oklahoma City Thunder’s success this season, averaging 31 points, 6.3 assists, 5.7 rebounds per game with 2.2 steals and 0.8 blocks recorded each contest. Gilgeous-Alexander makes him an unparalleled opponent; and will undoubtedly play an essential part in Oklahoma City’s strategy against Portland Trail Blazers.
Anfernee Simons and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander face-off against each other on the court in an epic showdown that pits scoring prowess versus all-around excellence. Simons will need to carry scoring duties for Portland Trail Blazers but may find himself having difficulty penetrating Thunder defense led by Gilgeous-Alexander; conversely Gilgeous-Alexander looks for ways to exploit Trail Blazer defensive weaknesses so as to continue scoring impressive numbers while making plays himself.
NBA Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
As for betting odds for this matchup, they are still unknown (TBD). Given the significant disparity in team records and performances this season, however, Thunder are expected to be heavy favorites; total odds for the game may also have an influence in shaping how bettors approach this contest.
Portland Trail Blazers Betting Trends
The Trail Blazers have struggled in both wins and against the spread, posting only 2-3 records over their past 5 games while recording an even lower ATS mark at just 3-3 during that span. On their home court they’ve fared slightly better (10-12 ATS record); yet their offensive woes are evidenced in only one out of these five contests where totals went over.
Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Trends
Thunder have recently found success, going 3-2 over their last 5 games while matching that record against the spread (ATS) as well as going over in 2 of those five contests (totaling 11-8 on their road journeys). Overall, the Thunder are an effective bet thanks to their impressive record this year.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder 1/23/24 Betting Picks
Overall, this game appears heavily weighted toward the Oklahoma City Thunder. Their excellent record, offensive firepower and excellent play by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander make them heavy favorites against Portland Trail Blazers who have struggled defensively all season; plus recent form doesn’t give any reason for optimism either way.
Based on current betting trends and team stats, it appears that Oklahoma City Thunder hold an edge in this matchup. Led by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s offensive prowess, they possess enough firepower to surpass Trail Blazers scores; therefore bettors may consider selecting Oklahoma City as their pick against the spread.
NBA analysts’ picks can further support this advice, while prop bets, over/under wagers, and other betting options should be explored for potential value.
Free Pick and Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder 120, Portland Trail Blazers 105.