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Oklahoma City Thunder vs Portland Trail Blazers: NBA Playoff’s preview and its predictions

Match Details:

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Portland Trail Blazers

Playoff season G1, 15 April 2019

12.00 AM, IST

Venue: Moda Center, Portland, OR

 

Match Preview:

This game has the highest total of the games played this night. Portland’s ending, combined with the back-to-back affair tonight against OKC, points toward a game strategy of reliance on defense to make the Blazers work. After struggling most of the season, backup guard Seth Curry seems to be finding his groove. Over the last 10 games, Curry has reached double-figures in scoring four times. Blazers are the favorites of this Game 1, and the series will ultimately depend on George’s availability. When it comes to the field goal, three-point, and two-point conversions, Portland has a small edge. 

 

Playoff Series Won

Blazers 2 – 2 Thunder

 

Season Top-Performers from this game:

Westbrook- 22.9 PPG

Westbrook- 11.4 RPG

Lillard- 25.8 PPG

Westbrook- 10.7 APG

George- 2.2 SPG

Westbrook- 1.9 SPG

 

Match-Ups:

*Combination of Assist Provider and 3-pointers maker.

*Combination of Steals and Assist Provider

*Combination of Rebounder and Blocker.

*Combination of Centre Scoring wings.

 

Assist Providers:

Thunder:

Westbrook

George

Schroder

 

Blazers:

Lillard

Curry

 

3-point shot makers:

Lillard

George

McCollum

 

 

PLAYER FLEXIBILITY:

Point Guard:

  • Taller and Ball hog point guard
  • Best Shooter for his team
  • Also Known as Scoring Guard.

Westbrook and Lillard are the best picks from this section. 

 

Power Forward:

  • Referred to the Post Position.
  • Power forwards play a role similar to that of Center.
  • The power forward position entails a variety of responsibilities, one of which is rebounding.
  • Many power forwards is noted for their mid-range jump-shot, and several players have become very accurate from 12 to 18 feet (3.7 to 5.5 m).
  • Some power forwards often play the Center position.

TIP:

 Grant and Tucker, both will act as a Power forward. But, they are just guarding to their teams.

 


 

Small Forward:

  • Better Rebounder
  • Faster than big man(SG) and stronger than a guard
  • Differs in rebounds(more compared to SG)

George is the best pick.


 

Shooting Guard:

  • Shooter for short and longer distances
  • Guard(defense)
  • Most reliable for dunks and tip shorts(2-pointer and 3-pointer makers)

TIP:

McCollum is the best pick.


 

Center:

It is well known for the defensive part(i.e guard of the team)

Known for grabbing the rebounds.

Capela will be the sure-shot pick from this section if you manage the credits.

Kanter will be a punt pick.

 

Probable Starters:

OKC Probable Lineup:
PG: Westbrook
SG: Ferguson
SF: George
PF: Grant
C: Adams

Bench Corners: Nader, Diallo, Noel,

POR Probable Line-Up:
PG: Lillard
SG: McCollum
SF: Harkless
PF: Aminu
C: Kanter

Bench Corners: Turner, Hood, Curry, Collins

OKC Probable Lineup:
PG: Westbrook
SG: Ferguson
SF: George
PF: Grant
C: Adams

Bench Corners: Nader, Diallo, Noel,

POR Probable Line-Up:
PG: Lillard
SG: McCollum
SF: Harkless
PF: Aminu
C: Kanter/ Nurkic

Bench Corners: Turner, Hood, Curry, Collins

 

TEAM1:

Felton

Westbrook(SP)

Lillard

Ferguson

George

Aminu

Noel

Collins

 

TEAM2:(HIGH RISK)

Felton

Westbrook(SP)

Lillard

Ferguson

McCollum

Harkless

Morris

Adams

 

Note:

The team will be uploaded before the 30 minutes of the deadline.

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