The Thunder clawed their way back into the series by claiming a crucial Game 3 victory over the Trail Blazers on Friday. OKC treated the fans at Chesapeake Energy Arena to a three-point barrage that featured fireworks between guards Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillard. The Blazers are looking to maintain control of the series with a Game 4 victory, but the Thunder are hoping to return to Portland with the series tied at 2-2.
The outcomes from three games are far from a trend, but that shouldn’t take away from the fun of predicting how the action in Game 4 might play out. Of the options listed below, which result is most likely to repeat on Sunday?
Russ vs. Dame: Round Four
The bad blood between these two All-Star point guards has carried over from the regular season to the playoffs. Both players have registered 30-point games in the series—paving the way for another memorable matchup in Game 4. This outcome is simple, which player is more likely to cross the 30-point threshold: Lillard or Westbrook?
Free Throw Disparity
The Blazers have yet to attempt more free throws in a single game this series, but Game 3’s 15-attempt disparity was a new high-water mark. Judging by the outcomes of the first three games, predicting that Portland will earn more trips to the charity stripe is a tall order. For this poll, we set the line at a five-or-less disparity between the two sides.
Hot or Cold Shooting
After two dismal performances to start the series, the Thunder erupted from beyond the arc in Game 3. It is unlikely that OKC will shoot above 50 percent in consecutive games, so we set the line right at their regular season three-point rate of 34.8 for Game 4.
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Most likely outcome for Game 4?
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Lillard scores more than 30
Westbrook scores more than 30
The free throw margin stays within five attempts
OKC’s 3-point percentage finishes above 34.8