Free NBA Playoffs Pick: Clippers vs. Blazers Lines
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(53-29) Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers (44-38)
Round 1: Game 3
Date: Saturday April 23, 2016
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Moda Center in Portland, Oregon
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
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It’s been a pretty one sided series so far. The Clippers are up 2-0 as they head North for two games in Portland.
The average margin of victory through the first 2 has been 20.5 points and the explosive Portland backcourt has been tamed by the Clippers D.
Los Angeles Clippers
Chris Paul has arguably been the best performer in the early stages of the playoffs. He’s shot just under 50% while averaging 26.5 points, has yet to miss a free throw and has taken care of the ball. His assist to turnover ratio stands at an impressive 16-2 in the series so far.
His starting backcourt mate, JJ Redick, has been nearly as impressive so far. Even though he’s usually a 3rd or 4th option on offense, he has asserted himself early in the both games and has contributed 17 points per contest.
Having secondary scoring options in addition to the stars on L.A. are what have made this team so dominant in the early going.
The Clippers big men were outplayed in Game 2, but with the difference in both size and skill, I expect that to be an aberration. Look for Blake Griffin to attack to Blazers early and often in this game.
The Clips have shot the ball well in both games (53% and 46%) and only turned the ball over 9 times in each game.
They are 24-17 on the road this season.
Portland Trail Blazers
Could some home cooking be what the doctor ordered for the Blazers? They struggled mightily in their two attempts in LA, with their star players pulling no-shows in both contests.
Portland’s ability to win this game will come down to 3 key factors.
First, they need to take command of the interior. The Blazers front court showed signs of improvement in Game 2 when their starting frontcourt outscored the Clippers and nearly matched their rebound total. They need a repeat performance from their starting bigs.
Second, they need to do a better job of containing Chris Paul. He has torched them in all aspects of the game. Through two games he’s accumulated 53 points, 12 rebounds and 16 assists while locking down Portland’s best player.
Third, and most importantly, they need to find some way to get their backcourt scoring the way they have been all year. Through two games it has been a serious struggle for Lillard and McCollum to earn their points.
They have both really struggled from the field. Lillard has shot 33.3% from the field this series while McCollum has only mustered 32%. If you include the regular season meetings as well, these totals become 32.7% and 36.1%, respectively. Needless to say, these two have difficulty against the Clippers.
Portland went 28-13 at the Modo Center this season and split the two home meetings against the Clippers.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Clippers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record
- Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference
- Clippers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings
- Trail Blazers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points
- Trail Blazers are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 2 days rest
- Trail Blazers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games
Free Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
Still not convinced the Blazers can handle Chris Paul or win the battle in the paint.
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Clippers take game 3 on the road and have the Blazers on the brink of elimination.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Clippers 106 – Blazers 100
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