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The Thunder travel to the West Coast to take on the Trail Blazers tonight. Can Shai Gilgeous-Alexander dominate? John Hyslop answers.
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Trail Blazers vs. Thunder Prediction: Can Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Dominate?

The Trail Blazers host the Thunder tonight.

Trail Blazers vs. Warriors Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: Friday, February 10, 2023
  • Start Time: 10:00 p.m. EST
  • Where to Watch: NBA League Pass

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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Pick

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Over 30.5 Points (-104) Bet $100 to collect $196 Get the best odds at Caesars, click here to bet

We're at Caesars for this one since they are slinging the best price on this thing. The rest of the market is near this range with Bally Bet being the highest at -115. The way I see it, the no-vig, fair odds are -112 so anything under would be considered good. That was calculated with odds from a book I consider to be the sharpest on the planet. They are hanging over 30.5 (-133) so my guess is the rest of the market will approach that number as the day goes on. Basically, all I'm saying is, LFG!

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction

I know that 30.5 is a big number but we're talking SGA here people. He's not some bullshit guy. He's a scorer's scorer and he's been an absolute beast this season. He's capable of 40+ any time he steps on the floor. Everyone knows that. Just like any scorer, he goes on runs. At the end of January, he went five straight games going over this number. At home, on the road, it didn't matter. Since then, he's gone 30+ in two of four games with a 30-burger last time out against the Los Angeles Lakers. He's heating up again people (probably).

Tonight he gets a Portland Trailblazer team that legit plays no defense. We're talking third worst in the NBA over the last three games in terms of efficiency. That's terrible. Help is on the way though because they just traded for Matisse Thybulle but I'm not even sure he plays tonight. Even if he does, will he be out there long enough to matter? I have a hard time believing he will. At the end of the day, neither team has been playing defense which should lead to a borderline wild one. If that happens, both teams' leading scorers should end up in the 30s. Feels right.

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John has spent the past 20+ years betting sports on a daily basis and is considered by many to be a walking sports betting encyclopedia. From obscure player props to sides and totals, if there is an angle, John will find it. His work has appeared on Rotogrinders and he has been a regular on sports talk radio stations across the country. Based in the US, John operates a blog & podcast, Sports Bets Beers, which covers betting angles in the NFL, NBA, MLB, & NHL.

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