Free NBA Pick: Trailblazers vs Clippers Lines
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(12-13) Portland Trailblazers vs. L.A. Clippers (17-7)
Date: Monday December 12
Time: 10:30 PM EST
Venue: STAPLES Center Los Angeles, CA
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers -9.5
NBA Betting Total: 217.5
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After a 3-game win streak the Blazers have lost 3 in a row and with their last loss they fell below .500 for the season. In 2 of their last 3 losses they have given up at least 115 points.
After a blazing start the Clippers have cooled off as of late, but they did snap their 2-game losing streak in their last game.
In their last games the Clippers beat the New Orleans Pelicans 133-105 and the Blazers lost to the Indiana Pacers 118-111.
The Blazers rank a solid 6th in the league in points per game, but only 28th in opponents’ points per game.
In the Blazers loss to the Pacers they shot a nearly identical FG% and shot well from deep, but allowed Indiana to shoot over 51% from behind the 3-pt arc. While Portland got off to a great start in the game, outscoring Indiana by 13 points in the first quarter, they finished poorly getting outscored by 15 points.
Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum combined for 67 points in the loss to the Pacers and they were the only players that scored in double figures.
Lillard was only 10/24 from the floor and he missed 9 of his 14 3-pointers.
Lillard is averaging 27.8 ppg as the Blazers leading scorer, but he has been struggling with his shot as of late and he has even failed to shoot over 34% from the floor in 2 of his last 5 games.
The Clippers need to concentrate on containing Lillard and McCollum, as they are each averaging over 22 ppg while the next leading scorer is at 12.7 ppg.
The Blazers have lost both of their games facing the Clippers this season.
This season the Blazers are 5-9 on the road.
The Clippers are a balanced team that ranks 5th in the league in points per game and 6th in opponents’ points per game.
In the Clippers blowout win over the Pelicans they did allow them to shoot 48.2% from the floor, but L.A. shot a scorching 57.4%. They outscored New Orleans by 22 points in the 2nd half.
The Clippers made 17 of their 36 3-pointers in the win over the Pelicans and they also forced 16 turnovers.
Chris Paul had a huge game in the win over the Pelicans with a double-double scoring 20 points and dishing out 20 assists. In the game 4 of 5 starters scored at least 16 points and three bench players scored in double figures led by Jamaal Crawford with 22 points.
L.A.’s DeAndre Jordan ranks 3rd in the league in rebounds per game (12.7 rpg) and he has to be a concern for the Blazers team that lacks a true center and only ranks 21st in the league in rpg.
NBA Betting Trends:
- PORT is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- Port is 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games overall.
- LA is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games.
- LA is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
- LA is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.
Free Portland Trailblazers vs. L.A. Clippers NBA Prediction:
The Blazers are reeling and they have had no luck this season facing the Clippers and add those things up and you get a L.A. win and they will cover as well.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: L.A. -9.5
This season the Clippers are 8-4 at home. Soon to be 9-4.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Clippers 119 – Blazers 105
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