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NBA : ATS Matchup
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OKLAHOMA CITY (49 - 33) at PORTLAND (53 - 29)
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Sunday, 4/14/2019 3:30 PM
Western Conference - Round 1 - Best of 7 - Game 1
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OKLAHOMA CITY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games49-33-3242-4039-41114.556.945.4%57.3111.156.246.0%54.8
Road Games22-19-8.821-2018-22114.557.145.5%57.1112.557.546.2%55.2
Last 5 Games5-0+5.44-13-2122.661.047.1%61.4113.259.846.1%47.8
Playoff Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
Division Games9-7-4.57-99-7115.757.446.3%55.3115.657.446.4%56.4
OKLAHOMA CITY Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)114.556.943-9445.4%11-3334.8%18-2571.3%571323229145
vs opponents surrendering111.356.141-8946.1%11-3235.5%18-2376.7%531025218135
Team Stats (Road Games)114.557.143-9445.5%11-3333.9%18-2571.5%571323239145
Stats Against (All Games)111.156.241-8946.0%11-3235.5%18-2476.1%551025228165
vs opponents averaging111.456.241-8946.2%11-3235.5%18-2376.8%531025218145
Stats Against (Road Games)112.557.541-8946.2%11-3135.7%19-2575.8%551026228155

PORTLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games53-29+19.945-3743-38114.656.746.7%55.9110.554.045.7%50.9
Home Games32-9+16.424-1724-17118.260.447.9%57.0109.854.945.0%49.7
Last 5 Games4-1+32-33-2116.257.449.1%55.8109.659.845.9%48.2
Playoff Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
Division Games6-10-4.26-108-8111.556.045.8%55.7112.857.146.8%50.9
PORTLAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)114.656.742-9146.7%11-3135.9%19-2381.3%561223207135
vs opponents surrendering111.256.141-8946.0%11-3235.4%18-2376.7%541025218145
Team Stats (Home Games)118.260.444-9147.9%12-3236.9%19-2480.5%571224207135
Stats Against (All Games)110.554.041-9045.7%11-3035.9%18-2377.0%511023217125
vs opponents averaging111.356.241-8946.1%11-3235.5%18-2376.4%541025218145
Stats Against (Home Games)109.854.941-9145.0%11-3036.1%17-2278.6%501022217125
Average power rating of opponents played: OKLAHOMA CITY 96,  PORTLAND 96
OKLAHOMA CITY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
3/5/2019@ MINNESOTA120-131L-2L236.5O42-9444.7%541247-8952.8%629
3/7/2019@ PORTLAND129-121W3.5W233.5O48-10545.7%701537-9439.4%6014
3/8/2019@ LA CLIPPERS110-118L2L237U41-10240.2%651139-8645.3%6710
3/11/2019@ UTAH98-89W4W226U36-7945.6%581632-8836.4%5413
3/14/2019@ INDIANA106-108L1L217.5U38-8644.2%521737-8245.1%5016
3/16/2019GOLDEN STATE88-110L-2L228U31-9632.3%641639-8347.0%6016
3/22/2019@ TORONTO116-109W2W225P42-9444.7%431239-7850.0%5321
3/25/2019@ MEMPHIS103-115L-7.5L216O38-9540.0%491040-8944.9%6911
4/2/2019LA LAKERS119-103W-13W225.5U47-10246.1%601240-8447.6%5021
4/7/2019@ MINNESOTA132-126W-6.5L229.5O48-9252.2%531346-8554.1%3913
4/10/2019@ MILWAUKEE127-116W-4.5W227.5O48-9948.5%561243-10043.0%6314
4/14/2019@ PORTLAND              
4/16/2019@ PORTLAND              

PORTLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
3/5/2019@ MEMPHIS111-120L-5.5L215.5O42-7953.2%412040-7553.3%4316
3/7/2019OKLAHOMA CITY121-129L-3.5L233.5O37-9439.4%601448-10545.7%7015
3/12/2019@ LA CLIPPERS125-104W-4W231.5U47-9649.0%591238-9540.0%6211
3/15/2019@ NEW ORLEANS122-110W-9W233U43-9644.8%661545-9447.9%5511
3/16/2019@ SAN ANTONIO103-108L2.5L221.5U42-10141.6%58837-7946.8%4910
3/27/2019@ CHICAGO118-98W-9W216P43-8351.8%52839-9142.9%488
3/29/2019@ ATLANTA118-98W-2.5W233U45-9646.9%63938-9440.4%4810
3/30/2019@ DETROIT90-99L4.5L213.5U38-10237.3%681637-8643.0%5210
4/1/2019@ MINNESOTA132-122W-3W225O50-9154.9%551447-9649.0%449
4/5/2019@ DENVER110-119L6L216.5O42-8648.8%481443-8451.2%449
4/9/2019@ LA LAKERS104-101W-10L226U37-9041.1%521240-9442.6%6417
4/14/2019OKLAHOMA CITY              
4/16/2019OKLAHOMA CITY              
4/19/2019@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
4/21/2019@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
OKLAHOMA CITY: LAST SEASON: 48-34, lost in first round.
COACH: Billy Donovan (fourth season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Russell Westbrook (25.4 ppg, 10.3 apg, 10.1 rpg), G Dennis Schroder (19.4 ppg, 6.2 apg, Atlanta), F Paul George (21.9 ppg), F Patrick Patterson (3.9 ppg), C Steven Adams (13.9 ppg, 9.0 rpg).
KEY LOSSES: F Carmelo Anthony, C Nick Collison
KEY ADDITIONS: Schroder, C Nerlens Noel, G/F Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Schroder. He was a dynamic scorer in Atlanta with a less talented team around him. He'll begin the season as a starter as Andre Roberson recovers from a knee injury and he'll get a chance to seize the job, especially if he can improve defensively. He has been outstanding as a scorer and as a facilitator in the preseason. He could have a big season with Westbrook and George drawing most of the attention. His addition means the Thunder will have five capable scorers in the starting lineup, a rarity for the franchise in recent years.
OUTLOOK: The Thunder shocked many when they were able to keep George this summer, and they also kept versatile, athletic forward Jerami Grant. By making the deal to move Anthony and add Schroder, the Thunder became younger, more athletic and more dynamic. If they can find some outside shooting this season to take advantage of their multiple shot creators, they could make a deep run in the West.
PORTLAND: LAST SEASON: 49-33, lost in first round.
COACH: Terry Stotts (seventh season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Damian Lillard (26.9 ppg), G CJ McCollum (21.4 ppg), F Al-Farouq Aminu (9.3 ppg), F Maurice Harkless, (6.5 ppg), C Jusuf Nurkic (14.3 ppg).
KEY LOSSES: F Ed Davis, G Shabazz Napier
KEY ADDITIONS: G Seth Curry PLAYER TO WATCH: Zach Collins. Now in his second year, the 7-footer out of Gonzaga appears poised for a breakout. He'll be watched after the departure of Davis, who was the spark off the bench for the Blazers last season. Davis was prized for his defense, and Collins seems to have the same impact. A plus was Collins' performance in the NBA Summer League.
OUTLOOK: The Trail Blazers have one of the best backcourts in the league with Lillard and McCollum, but they're up against a Western Conference field that includes the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets, as well as the LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers. The Blazers are likely still a playoff team, but they're in a crowded group sitting just below the sure-bets. Like last year, a lot will depend on how the core of Lillard, McCollum and Nurkic perform.
Key matchups abound as Blazers, Thunder clash

The matchups are intriguing as the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder square off with the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday in the opener of a first-round Western Conference playoff series.

All-Star point guards Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City and Damian Lillard of Portland have a sometimes heated on-court rivalry. Centers Enes Kanter of Portland and Steven Adams of OKC played together during Kanter's 2 1/2 seasons with the Thunder and should be key in what could be a rugged rebounding battle.

Portland is the No. 3 seed and Oklahoma City is No. 6, but oddsmakers have made the Thunder the favorite in the series, presumably based on OKC's 4-0 regular-season sweep of the Blazers and the fact that Portland will be without injured starting post Jusuf Nurkic.

Lillard is quick to point out that most pundits forecast the Blazers to finish between ninth and 11th in the West.

"They didn't even pick us to be a playoff team, period," Lillard said. "We didn't value their opinion then, and we don't value it now. They can pick whoever they want to pick, but you still have to go out there and play the games."

Lillard and Westbrook had impressive stat lines in the regular-season series.

Lillard posted his highest scoring average against a West opponent (34.8) and exploded for a season-high 51 points in an overtime loss on March 7. Westbrook averaged 29.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 8.8 assists in the four games. He shot 43.2 percent from the field and 35.0 percent from 3-point range.

The Blazers hope to find a way to contain OKC's Paul George, who was sensational in the regular-season series, averaging 38.0 points (with games of 37, 36, 47 and 32) along with 10.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.8 steals per game. George missed the Thunder's win over Milwaukee on Wednesday with a sore right shoulder, but said he will be ready to go Sunday.

"It's playoff time," George said. "It's about being out there with my guys. So, as close as I can get it to 100 (percent) as possible, you (can) expect me out there Sunday."

In the absence of Nurkic, Kanter's role grows even more important for the Blazers, who rank second in the league in rebounding percentage with the Thunder third in that category. Kanter must keep Adams off the boards as well as help negate drives to the basket by George and Westbrook.

"They have two great offensive scorers," Portland coach Terry Stotts said.

"Enes' role as a help defender and defensive rebounder is our biggest concern for him. It's a team game. Everybody has to do their job, but mostly he'll be matched up against Adams, who is a very good offensive rebounder and plays well off of Westbrook and George. So he has to be able to hold his own against Adams and still be a good help defender."

Said Lillard: "One big thing for us is understanding they want to play in transition. We have to take care of the ball, to value possessions even more and try to make them play more in the halfcourt. Also, rebounding. Adams is a beast on the offensive glass. Russ is a great rebounder. (Jerami) Grant is a great rebounder. Those two things are going to be huge."

Oklahoma City is concerned with the offensive prowess of Lillard and backcourt mate CJ McCollum, who has returned to the lineup after missing 10 games late in the regular season with a knee injury.

Adams will be expected to show on the pick-and-roll plays, negating open looks for the Blazers' high-scoring pair while also making sure Kanter doesn't get layups or dunks on the roll.

"It's a guard-oriented team," Adams said. "They play off the guards a lot, but they play through the 'big,' too. (Kanter) is going to be like a distributor. (The Blazers) have him up high to be like a quarterback."

Both teams have struggled in the playoffs of late. The Blazers have lost nine straight games in the postseason dating to 2016. The Thunder were knocked out in the first round the past two years.

"We both have something to prove," Lillard said. "We're hoping we're the ones who will do it in this series."

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 10/15/2019 4:33:58 PM EST

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