Free NBA Pick: Clippers vs. Trail Blazers NBA Odds
Looking for LA Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers free NBA picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the Clippers taking on the Blazers on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions like this Clippers Blazers matchup.
(3-0) LA Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers (3-1)
Date: Thursday, October 26
Time: 10:30 PM EST
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, Ore.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Portland -2
NBA Betting Total: 211.5
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The question, of course, is: Which team will have the edge?
Both are in similar positions entering this contest.
The Clippers entered this season with plenty of skepticism being cast their way. Despite the haul they were able to bring in to bolster their depth, they lost Chris Paul, a Hall of Fame point guard, which made it easy to doubt how good they could be out of the gate.
As it turns out, they hit the ground running just fine.
The Clips have started their season 3-0 and entering Thursday night coming off a night off. The catch, of course, to their early success is that they’ve played the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz.
Although the Jazz have a shot at making the playoffs, they’re still adjusting to life with Gordon Hayward. And to be completely frank, neither the Lakers nor the Suns are going to come within sniffing distance of a postseason berth.
So against Portland, LA will find its first true test. Patrick Beverley will surely be the nuisance that he is against Damian Lillard, but will the Clips find a way to contain Dame as well as CJ McCollum?
There’s also the question as to how well DeAndre Jordan will be able to contain Jusuf Nurkic. Jordan should easily win the rebounds battle, but Nurk’s newfound jumper could take him away from the rim-protecting duties he’s used to.
Nurkic has been in foul trouble the last two games, so if that continues, life will be much easier on Jordan.
Portland Trail Blazers
Like the Clippers, the Trail Blazers haven’t had the toughest go-round in their first four games (3-1). They took down the Suns on opening night, defeated the Indiana Pacers in Game 2, dropped a close one to the Milwaukee Bucks and then defeated the New Orleans Pelicans in their home opener.
(Fun fact: It was Portland’s 17th-straight home-openin victory—an NBA high.)
Against LA, Portland will find its first true competition. And as far as the bigger picture goes, it’ll be facing a team that will likely also be in the hunt for one of the final playoff spots out West.
In this one, the Blazers need to make Blake Griffin uncomfortable. The superstar power forward has done a nice job convincing people he doesn’t need CP3 to make plays for him; then again, we’re only three games into his season.
If the Blazers can get production out of both of their guards, plus bring Griffin down to Earth, they’ll have the edge. Struggle to do either of those things and L.A. could come out a road victor.
NBA Betting Trends:
- POR are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games.
- POR are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall.
- Over is 15-6 in POR last 21 Thu. games.
- Over is 15-6-2 in the last 23 meetings in Portland.
Free Clippers vs. Blazers NBA Prediction
This is the first big test for both of these teams. The line isn’t yet set, but the Clips should come out on top by a close margin.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Clippers +2
Give Beverly, Griffin and Jordan the edge over Lillard, McCollum and Nurkic.
NBA Free Score Prediction: LA Clippers 101 – Portland Trail Blazers 98
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