Thunder vs. Blazers: How to watch, TV channel, start time (Jan. 25)

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Logan Newman
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The Oklahoma City Thunder don’t get a day off between their loss to the Los Angeles Clippers and their game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Thunder will be taking on the Blazers on Monday night and trying to end a three-game losing streak. They started the road trip with a loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday before falling to the Clippers on both Friday and Sunday.

Portland is 9-6 this season behind guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, who are averaging a combined 55.6 points per game.

Here are the details of how to watch:

Opponent: Portland Trail Blazers
Date and time: Jan. 26, 9 p.m. CT
How to watch: FOX Sports Oklahoma
Radio station: WWLS 98.1FM OKC

Thunder: What to watch for

The Thunder played well overall on Sunday in the rematch against the Clippers, doing the right things on the glass and on defense. After allowing Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to combine for 60 on Friday, George only had 11 on Sunday, though Leonard still racked up 34. It's worth noting that Leonard only had two free throw attempts in the second game after 10 in the first. Oklahoma City will face another pair of dynamic scorers in Lillard (28.9 points per game) and McCollum (26.7 points per game) on Monday. The third game in four days, the Thunder will have to have a similar defensive presence and effort level to have a chance.

Blazers' season

The Blazers have won six of their last eight games behind Lillard and McCollum, both of whom are among the top 12 scorers in the NBA. Jusuf Nurkic was injured on Jan. 14, but Portland has managed to win two of the three games without him. Former Thunder big Enes Kanter has started all three games in Nurkic's stead, averaging 9.7 points and 10.3 boards per contest over those starts. He can be expected to get the nod again on Monday night. The Blazers are roaring and the Thunder will have their work cut out for them.

OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Sacramento
+155+4O 237.5
Portland
-189-4U 237.5