The Oklahoma City Thunder inched past the Portland Trail Blazers 111-109 on Friday night.

It was a back-and-forth contest that saw the Thunder led by All-Star forward Paul George pouring in a game-high 37 points on 10-of-23 shooting from the floor along with going 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. This was the top betting performance for Hoopit users.

George was highly effective from beyond the arc as he hit three 3-pointers from deep while he was 3-of-8 from the paint. He has been a highly effective scoring option for Oklahoma throughout this season having been their top offensive weapon. George has taken it to the next level over the last four games as he is averaging 33.0 points on 45.4 percent from the floor.

This saw him post more than 20 points in each contest while being more than 30 points three times over that stretch. He also nailed multiple 3-pointers in every game during that span. This has further fueled what has been his most productive campaign averaging a career-best 26.7 points on 45.2 percent shooting from the floor.

George will continue to be a highly reliable offensive option a nightly basis for the Thunder as their top scorer moving forward this year. Meanwhile. All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook has poured in a strong offensive effort with 31 points on 13-of-28 shooting from the floor.

Westbrook was most effective in the paint going 7-of-10 from that zone of the floor. This has seen him step it up over the last five games as he had three 30-point performances over that span. Westbrook hasn’t been an effective shooter, but he has been a high-volume scorer.

He will continue to be a highly reliable scorer on a nightly basis for the Thunder with him and Westbrook being their leading offensive factors. This will remain the trend moving forward this year whenever the team takes the floor this year.

Although the Trail Blazers fell to a loss, they did have a couple of solid offensive performances in the game. This was led by their All-Star point guard Damian Lillard notching a team-best 23 points in the loss on 7-of-19 shooting from the floor.

Lillard went 4-of-5 from the paint in the contest while hitting a 3-pointer from the top of the arc. Although it was a standout outing by any means, he is their clear-cut top scoring option on a nightly basis.

Lillard should have plenty more highly productive nights ahead of him where he will be a huge factor in the paint and beyond the arc.

Big man Jusuf Nurkic poured in a strong outing with 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the floor. Nearly all of his production came in the paint as he had all of his makes in that area of the floor outside of a mid-range jumper.

Nurkic has been their most reliable option in the paint on a nightly basis. He is a reliable betting option whenever the Blazers take the floor due to his consistent production.



Written by: Matt Rotondo

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