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Oklahoma City Thunder Has to Fix Shooting Issues in Game 3 vs. Portland Trail Blazers

The Oklahoma City Thunder try to get back in their best-of-seven playoff series when they host the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.

Friday, April 19 at 9:30 PM ET

Chesapeake Energy Arena

Coverage: ESPN

To say that the Thunder are having some issues would be an understatement. This stat sums up this series so far:

Oklahoma City Thunder through two games: 10-for-61 (16.4 percent) from 3-point range

Damian Lillard through two games: 9-for-19 (47.3 percent) from 3-point range

According to ESPN's The Jump, the Thunder produced the worst two-game stretch for 3-point shooting in NBA Playoffs history but they have an opportunity to regress to the mean.

The Thunder made just 5 of 33 (15.2 percent) from beyond the arc in Game 1 and 5 of 28 (17.9 percent) in Game 2. That's not normal when Damian Lillard (minus-0.40 defensive real plus-minus) and CJ McCollum (minus-0.92 defensive real plus-minus) are the opposing backcourt.

Last Tuesday was a rough night for Russell Westbrook, to say the least. As explained by Positive Residual, setting aside the 1-for-6 shooting performance from 3-point range, Westbrook was just 4-for-10 in the restricted area and excluding his and-1 he drew only one trip to the free-throw line. Also, five of his six turnovers were live-ball.

Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, on the other hand, had fantastic performances to pace the Trail Blazers, combining for 62 points on 48 true shot attempts (1.29 points per shot attempt), they were 7-for-15 (46.6 percent) from downtown and 9-for-16 (56.3 percent) at the rim. They also had 11 assists, with seven of them leading to 3-pointers and three to shots in the restricted area.

The first two games of this series went 'Under' the total but I will throw a small amount on 'Over' 222, which is down two to three points from the games in Portland.

The Thunder have to hit a lot more 3-point shots and the Trail Blazers have to come close to what they've already been doing but it's worth a small bet.

NBA Pick: Over 222 (-110) at Jazz Sports

Check odds here: http://bit.ly/jazzonaff

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