The Portland Trail Blazers are off and running in the 2019 NBA Playoffs with a 2-0 series lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Impressive performances from Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum have combined with OKC’s paltry shooting to seal victories for coach Terry Stotts’ squad. The series now shifts to the Thunder’s home arena, but the results from the first two contests are starting to reveal troubling trends for Russell Westbrook and company.
The outcomes from two games are far from a trend, but that shouldn’t take away from the fun of predicting how the action in Game 3 might play out. Of the options listed below, which result is most likely to repeat?
Dame & CJ Keep Rolling
The Blazers looked to their established backcourt to carry the scoring load through the first two games of the series. In Game 2, Lillard and McCollum combined for 62 points in a 114-94 victory. Breaking the 60-point barrier in consecutive games is a tall order, so let’s set the line at 55 for Game 3.
The Thunder’s 34.8 three-point percentage in the regular season feels like a distant memory after two horrendous games from beyond the arc. Like the poll prior to Game 2, we will set OKC’s three-point threshold at 25 percent for Game 3.
We will take Enes Kanter’s word for it and assume he is at full strength for Friday’s game. Even with Kanter in the lineup, will Meyers Leonard find a way on to the court for an extended amount of time? Leonard recorded five points and four rebounds in 15 minutes of action in his last outing. For this poll, let’s set the line right at 15 minutes.
Russell Westbrook turned in a subpar 5-20 shooting performance on Tuesday. The former MVP recorded shooting percentages below 30 percent on 11 different occasions in the 2018-19 regular season, but those less-than-ideal outings never came in consecutive games. Will Friday mark the first time this year that Westbrook produces back-to-back sub-30 shooting nights?
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Most likely outcome for Game 3?
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Dame & CJ combine for 55 points
OKC shoots above 25% from three
Meyers logs at least 15 minutes
Westbrook shoots below 30% from the field