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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trailblazers Prediction, Preview, and Odds

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Thunder are the only lower seed favored to win in the first round

Westbrook netted a triple-double in the finish with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, while George dropped 26 points, 10 rebounds and four steals in the 104-99 loss. Game 2 of the series is on Tuesday.

Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 17 rebounds in just 24 minutes, as the Milwaukee began their hunt for a playoff championship ring with a 121-86 blowout of the Pistons in game one.

After the game, All-Star forward Paul George revealed that he was still suffering from the effects of a right shoulder injury, so much so that he could not lift his should just four days before.

The Blazers have endured a miserable record in the playoffs in recent years, suffering back-to-back first round sweeps in 2017 and 2018 against Golden State and New Orleans.

"I don't think it was really anything we did", Blazers guard Damian Lillard said.

"Couple days ago I looked in the mirror and said, 'Man, I'm blessed to just be here with an fantastic organization and awesome teammates'". Portland went on to lead the opening quarter by as many as 17 points, paced by Lillard with 12 points.

It was a lackluster performance from the Thunder, who had a horrific shooting night as a team, hitting just 5-of-33 three-point attempts (15.2 percent).

Irving was among five players to make double figures as Boston drew first blood in the best-of-seven series opener at the TD Garden.

There was simmering tension between the teams.

Looking back on it now, the Trail Blazers were clearly smart to pick up Enes Kanter after he was waived by the New York Knicks.

The Thunder were taken out to deep waters and almost drowned by the Trail Blazers in the first quarter of Game 1. Portland had won the last eight regular-season games at the Moda Center.

It's been quite a journey from NY castoff to Portland playoff hero for the seven-year National Basketball Association veteran. Nurkic, who was averaging 14.6 points and 10.4 rebounds, broke his leg in two places and was out for the season. "Obviously, his rebounding and scoring".

On Sunday at Toyota Center, the Rockets will host Utah in Game 1 of this first-round series.

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