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(6-4) Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers (8-3)
Date: Thursday November 8
Time: 10:00PM EST
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, OR.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Blazers -5.5
NBA Betting Total: 224½
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Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers returned to Los Angeles for just a single game following a strange three-game road trip that took them to Oklahoma City, Philly and then Orlando. It doesn’t seem like the most efficient way for a West Coast team to travel but that’s what the schedule-makers decided. The Clips’ only win came in Orlando.
They did return home to beat the Timberwolves on Monday night. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander got a start in place of Avery Bradley and did all right. Boban started again in the Clips’ big lineup.
Doc Rivers has lots of moving parts to work with, which he’s so far playing to his advantage. He can go small with Danilo Gallinari and/or Tobias Harris up front with Montrezl Harrell or he can bring the thunder with Boban and Galinari at his more natural three spot.
Bradley is banged up but should be ok to play in this game. His defense will be welcomed against the tough backcourt combination in Portland. He and Patrick Beverley can focus on defense, while the Clippers go to work inside.
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland has played one of the tougher schedules in the first month of the season but has handled it with grace. The Blazers took down the Bucks at the Moda Center on Tuesday night and get a day off at home before this one with LA.
Damian Lillard has taken on the biggest chunk of the scoring load thus far and pundits have taken notice in CJ McCollum’s little dip in production. He’s still averaging over nineteen points a game and that was before he went off Tuesday night against the Bucks.
With Lillard having a light scoring night, McCollum went off for forty points on just twenty-six shots and led the team with six dimes. The ability for him to step in on a night Lillard isn’t finding his shot and have a night that Lillard is capable of having is what makes Portland such a dangerous team, especially in the regular season.
The post is much improved since last season. Jusuf Nurkic continues to improve in his new home and Zach Collins has taken a big step forward in his second year after a brief career at Gonzaga.
The Clippers matchup with the Blazers in the backcourt, at least defensively but the Blazers aren’t going to give LA anything easy, offensively. I’m not sure the Clippers have the scoring power to hang.
NBA Betting Trends:
- LAC are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Northwest.
- Over is 14-6 in LAC last 20 vs. NBA Northwest.
- POR are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 Thu. games.
- POR are 22-7 ATS in their last 29 home games.
Free Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction: the Blazers win again.
Confidence is high and a day off at home is always nice. I’ll take the Blazers in a low-scoring game.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Under. Way Under.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Clippers 93 – Portland 99
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