Published: Wed, April 24, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 4/23/19 NBA Predictions

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 4/23/19 NBA Predictions

Game 5 will go down on Tuesday and if the Trail Blazers win, they will move on to the second round of the playoffs.

Lillard collected 24 points and eight assists and made the third quarter his own for the second straight game, going for 15 points in the period. After a Westbrook miss, the Blazers rebounded and got it to Lillard, who hit the series-clinching bomb at the buzzer. Westbrook may have the fancier looking numbers on paper, but it's Lillard who has proven to be the deadlier player on the floor through the opening four games.

Down by only four points entering the third quarter, the game was well and truly still up for grabs. Outrebounded the Thunder 41-38.

Harkless sank a pair at the line to cut it to 111-105, but George scored on a twisting layup to up the Thunder lead to 113-105 with 3:52 to play.

Game five of the Thunder-Trail Blazers series takes place tomorrow NZT.

Thunder: OKC coach Billy Donovan knew before the game what the Thunder were up against: "You throw everything you have into this game". It also helps Portland when Al-Farouq Aminu is giving them 19 points, as he did Sunday. "We said for Game 4, we're not talking to nobody but ourselves". That loss by the Magic all but sealed this series, which might have been a sweep if not for the rider in every Toronto player contract that they have to stink in the first game of every playoff series.

Westbrook finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, but more importantly, he had a rough shooting game yet again.

Lillard and C.J. McCollum combined for 51 points in Portland's Game 4 win, while Paul George dropped 32 for the Thunder.

Understandably, coming into these playoffs, much was made of the fact that Lillard and Russell Westbrook do not seem to like each other (though to be fair, most of the time, it doesn't seem like Westbrook really likes anybody.) It wasn't just the clashing personalities, but the on-court aesthetics. Unfortunately for the OKC Thunder, the Blazers were the better team in this series. Dennis Schroder added 17 points. They expect an even more desperate Thunder team, especially after Westbrook's flat performance. In Game 4, the Thunder took 18 non-paint two-point jumpers, including many with no passes before the shot and have shot just 25.9 percent on above the break three-pointers compared to 40.8 percent on corner threes. Shot 37.5 percent from the field.

Kawhi Leonard put up 34 points in 35 minutes to put the Raptors one win closer to the second round.

"We got swept previous year", he said.

They did get some momentum going, outscoring the Blazers 21-11, but they couldn't continue that good work.

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