Free NBA Playoffs Pick: Blazers vs Clippers Lines
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(44-38) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers (53-29)
Round 1: Game 1
Date: Sunday April 17, 2016
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers -8
NBA Betting Total: 209
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In one of the more unexpected outcomes of the 2016 season, the “rebuilding” Trail Blazers ended up in the playoffs behind the strong play of their starting backcourt.
The Clippers, making their fifth consecutive playoff appearance have been buoyed by the strong play of Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan, while their star forward Blake Griffin recovered from his injuries.
The Clippers dominated the season series winning 3 of 4.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers go as their backcourt goes, and the duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum will be leaned on heavily from start to finish if the Blazers are to have any chance at pulling off the upset.
Impressively, the pair both finished in the top 20 in league scoring, with Damian Lillard leading the way at 25.1. They have both struggled in their meetings against the Clippers this year though and have both been held under 18.0 points per game in their season series.
If this trend continues, Portland will have serious difficulties keeping up with the Clippers on the scoreboard. Other than Lillard and McCollum, the next highest scorer on the Blazers barely cracked double digits, with Allen Crabbe registering 10.3 points per game.
Portland does play tough team D. They finished the season 11th in point allowed per game although they have had struggles in specific areas. The Blazers allow the 4th highest 3 point percentage as well as the 3rd most free throw attempts.
The Blazers only won 16 games on the road this year, resulting in a 29% road winning percentage.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers ended the season on a strong note, going 8-2 in their final 10 games, and more importantly getting one of their best players back on the court during that time.
They have a big advantage in the middle with a likely Defensive Player of the Year candidate in DeAndre Jordan roaming the paint.
Portland’s bigs already struggle to create their own shots and with the shot blocking presence of Jordan in the middle, the pressure will be on the guards to score from the perimeter.
Jordan’s 6.0 offensive rebounds per game are his most against any team this season.
The Clippers have 6 players who have averaged double digit scoring against the Blazers this season. However their average team scoring output (99.5) is down slightly from their season scoring total (105.1).
The Clippers have gone 29-12 on their home court this season, good for a 70% home winning percentage.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Trail Blazers are 8-20-2 ATS in their last 30 Conference Quarterfinals games.
- Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles.
- Clippers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Northwest.
- Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
- Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers NBA Prediction:
The Blazers dynamic duo won’t be able to carry the load entirely when dealing with a fiery defender like Chris Paul.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: UNDER
The Blazers will have no answer on the interior for Griffin and Jordan and the Clippers will come out strong and get the series opening win.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Clippers 106 – Blazers 97
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