Free NBA Playoffs Pick: Clippers vs. Blazers Lines
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(53-29) LA Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers (44-38)
Round 1: Game 4
Date: Monday April 25, 2016
Time: 9:30PM EST
Venue: Moda Center in Portland, Oregon
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 206
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With a trip up the coast to the friendly confines of home, the Blazers were able to secure a key victory to keep the series within striking distance.
The pressure is really on in a pivotal Game 4 that will either see them tie the series up or head back to Los Angeles on the brink of elimination.
For the first time this series, the Clippers offense really struggled in every facet of the game.
Their field goal percentage was at a poor, but manageable, 40.9%. However, their 3-point shooting was dismal (3 for 18, 16.7%) as was their performance from the free throw line (13 for 23, 56.5%).
Once again they took care of the ball, only registering 10 turnover on the night, but when you shoot the ball that inefficiently, especially on the road, you’re usually not coming out of there with the W.
Chris Paul remained fantastic, pairing 26 points with 9 assists, while maintaining his usual efficiency. The other players who played major roles in the two games in L.A. were not so lucky though.
J.J. Reddick was atrocious, contributing almost nothing in 25 minutes of playing time. Blake Griffin, their other cornerstone piece, also failed to impress, marking his second consecutive poor showing.
Considering the lack of defensive stoppers in the Portland front court, it begs the question whether or not Griffin is fully recovered from his injuries.
Jamal Crawford was excellent off the bench, making more than twice as many shots as he missed (9 of 13), showing everyone why he won his 3rd Sixth Man of the Year award this week.
Portland Trail Blazers
Now that’s what Blazer Nation was waiting for. After a dormant two games in Los Angeles, Lillard and McCollum lit the Clippers up in Game 3.
They combined for 59 points on the night, one more than the entire starting five the Clippers deployed against them.
They both shot 50% from the field, both hit multiple threes and they combined for 13 free throws of which they made 12. They really are the engine that drives this team and it will take more performances like this for them to upset the Clips.
The supporting cast was once again fairly non-existent. Luckily with the prolific scoring efforts from those two and an off night from the Clippers offense, this lack of secondary scoring didn’t cost the Blazer in Game 3, but it will hurt them eventually.
Of the starters, only Moe Harkless scored in double digits with 10 points. The bench did very little on either end of the floor. They combined for only 12 points, 11 rebounds and forced only two turnovers.
The Blazers will need someone to step up and provide a spark, in the same way Jamal Crawford can for the Clippers, because we have seen what happens to this team when Lillard and/or McCollum have an off night.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Clippers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss
- Clippers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest
- Clippers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Northwest
- Trail Blazers are 6-19-2 ATS in their last 27 Conference Quarterfinals games
- Trail Blazers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall
- Home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings
Free LA Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
The Clippers still have the best player in the series, greater depth and more weapons on offense. I think this will be a close one, with Portland basically playing for their season, but my money is on L.A. coming out on top and heading home to close out the series
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: There’s no line yet. Clippers ATS
NBA Free Score Prediction: Clippers 101 – Blazers 94
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