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Thunder vs Blazers Preview
The Portland Trail Blazers will take on Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Friday night, with Blazers aiming to take a 3-0 lead in this playoff series and Thunder hoping to register their first win of their best-of-seven series.
The Oklahoma City Thunder was defeated by the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of their opening NBA Playoff series, 104-99. The Blazers maintained their dominance in front of home crowd by defeating Oklahoma City 114-94 in Game 2 of this series on Tuesday night.
Blazers had their ups and downs in the opening half of Game 2 in the series, followed by an explosive third quarter in which they outscored the Thunder by 16 points and then the fourth quarter was nothing more than a formality as Blazers pushed their lead as high as 20 points.
CJ McCollum led the Blazers with 33 points, eight rebounds, and five assists while Damian Lillard contributed with 29 points, and six assists. Paul George led the Thunder with 27 points and eight rebounds while Russell Westbrook added 14 points, nine rebounds, and eleven assists.
The Thunder closed the NBA regular season in style with five consecutive victories causing the team to finish sixth in the Western Conference. The team’s performance faltered badly this week in playoff series with two straight defeats at the hand of Blazers.
The Thunder poor shooting continued in the playoff games that have haunted them throughout the season. The team were placed eighth in the Western Conference and finished the regular season with a 49-33 record.
The Portland Trail Blazers are in exceptional form for the last few weeks, winning eight of their last ten games and are looking for sixth straight victory in the NBA League. The club were placed third in the Western Conference table and finished the regular season with a 53-29 record.
Thunder vs Blazers Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder are clear favorites to win this game at home as the team have already defeated the Blazers in all four meetings during the regular season. We still doubt Thunders’ ability to impact a big game, so better place your bets on Total Points.
Total Points: Under 223 @ 1.80 at Pinnacle Sports
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