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2021 NBA Handicapping
(40-19) LA Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers (32-24)
Date: Tuesday, April 13th
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, OR.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers -7.5
NBA Betting Total: O/U 228.5
On Tuesday, April 20th the LA Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers will meet for the third and final time this season. LA won both initial meetings including on December 30th (128-105) and on April 6th (133-116).
The Blazers hold the all-time record between the clubs with 147 wins in 230 meetings. Last season, the teams played three times with the Clippers winning each contest.
Considering how many changes the Clippers made to the roster this offseason and at the deadline it’s interesting how similar their issues are a season later.
Staying healthy is a seasonal plague with no control but the Clippers are experiencing the same bad fortune this season as last. Serge Ibaka has missed the last 19 games and hasn’t appeared in a match since March 14th.
His addition was meant to help the Clippers spread the court with a big man and help address defensive matchups with opponents possessing quality big man talents. Not having him available is affecting the Clippers’ ability to build chemistry particularly defensively.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George missed 15 and 13 (24 total) games last season. George missed the first 11 games at season start recovering from offseason surgery. Through 59 games this season the duo has missed 13 and 15 games respectively so essentially already the same amount as the prior campaign.
While Patrick Beverley being out isn’t as concerning his absence nonetheless affects the club’s ability to have a playmaking defender on the court.
Yet, of all the Clippers deja vu issues from 2019-20 closing games in the clutch remain their biggest problem. In two of three games last week, they battled back from double-digit deficits but failed to capture the victory versus the 76ers.
In their last match, LA beat the Wolves with all five starters collecting double-figure scoring plus Luke Kennard. George led the way with 23 points while Leonard delivered a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Ibaka (back) and Beverley (hand) are out.
Portland Trail Blazers
Entering week 18 of gameplay the Blazers reside in the sixth spot in the West but have a harrowing schedule stretch left to complete the stretch run.
Of their final 16 games, 12 contests will feature currently seeded squads including three versus the Grizzlies who trail them by 2.5 games.
Making matters more concerning is Portland has lost five of their last seven games all against seeded teams including their most recent game versus the Hornets.
Charlotte scored 44 first-quarter points and was playing short-handed but the Blazers allowed them to shoot 47.0 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from the perimeter.
Damian Lillard missed the last two games with a hamstring injury and is listed as day-to-day. The Blazers need him fresh for the playoffs but the current goal is avoiding dropping any further down the standings and avoiding that play-in tournament.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Clippers are 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Clippers are 6-4-1 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 4-6 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The total has gone under in 5 of Portland’s last 6 games.
- The Blazers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games.
Free LA Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
Both squads have issues they need to iron out down the stretch but the Blazers’ defensive struggles pose the larger problem.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Blazers +7.5
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