The Portland Trail Blazers will look to control home-court advantage when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder for Game 2 in the opening round of the NBA Playoffs. On Sunday, coach Terry Stotts’ squad rallied behind stellar performances from Damian Lillard and Enes Kanter to snap a 10-game postseason drought. The Blazers’ output combined with a putrid shooting night from the Thunder to seal a 104-99 win in front of the Moda Center crowd.
Before Tuesday’s action gets underway, we want to hear from you. Don’t let the title fool you, there is nothing flukey about these options, but repeating the outcomes from Sunday’s contest won’t come easy. Of the options listed below, which result is most likely to repeat?
Dame Drops 30
Lillard connected on five of his 11 three-point attempts to record 30 points in Game 1. He was held to just a single 20-point game last season against the Pelicans, making Sunday an excellent start for the Blazers star. Lillard surpassing the 30-point threshold in consecutive games isn’t out of the ordinary. He reached that plateau in three out of the four games against the Warriors in the 2017 playoffs.
Kanter surpassed his previous playoff-high for rebounds (13) when he corralled 18 against OKC on Sunday. In the aftermath of Jusuf Nurkic’s injury, Kanter recorded double-digit rebound totals in five of his eight games as a starter. Reaching 18 again would be a lot to ask, so we will set the line at 15 rebounds for Game 2.
As a team, the Blazers finished the regular season No. 16 in blocks on the NBA leaderboard. In Game 1, they sent back nine attempts from Thunder shooters. Like Kanter’s 18 rebounds, we will lower the line a bit for this poll. Can Maurice Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu lead Portland to seven blocks on Tuesday?
Thunder Struggle From Distance
Oklahoma City went a putrid 5-33 from beyond the arc to open the series (15.2 percent). In the regular season, the Thunder finished with a 34.8 three-point percentage as a team. To keep things fair, we will set the line at 25 percent for game two.
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What result will repeat in Game 2?
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Lillard scores 30
Kanter nabs at least 15 rebounds
Blazers reach seven blocks
Thunder shoot below 25 percent from three