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Clippers vs Trail Blazers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Los Angeles Clippers at Portland Trail Blazers
- Where: Portland at Moda Center
- Date: Sunday, March 19th
- Betting Odds POR +2.5, LAC -134 | POR +110 O/U OFF
The Clippers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 37-34. So far, the team has gone 35-35-1 against the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 2-1. Los Angeles is 2-1 vs the spread in these matchups.
The Clippers are coming off a disappointing 113-108 loss to the Magic. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 6 points. Los Angeles was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Magic by 5 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Paul George, as he contributed 30 points while hitting 48.0% of his shots.
The Trail Blazers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 31-39. So far, the team has gone 34-36-0 against the spread. The Trail Blazers head into today’s action in the midst of a 5 game losing streak. Their average scoring differential in these defeats is -14.0.
Portland is trying to bounce back from a 126-112 loss to the Celtics. Going into this game, the team was 6 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. In the loss, Portland got off to a slow start, trailing by 15 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Damian Lillard, as he contributed 41 points while hitting 52.2% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Clippers picked up the win 118-112 win over the Trail Blazers. Heading into the game, Los Angeles was the 4.0 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. Similar to their season-long average, the Clippers averaged 106.75 points per game vs the Trail Blazers. While the Clippers were able to maintain their usual level of production against Portland, the Trail Blazers averaged fewer points per game in the series, at 99.0. The ATS record across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings is 4-1 in favor of the Clippers. In these matchups, Los Angeles has averaged 109 points per game, while allowing 101. A combined average of 210 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 71 games, the Clippers are averaging 112.8 points per contest, placing them 23rd in the NBA. One area that the Los Angeles offense is finding success, is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, the team is averaging 18.9 made free-throws per contest. If the Clippers offense is going to improve, they could look to play at a faster tempo, as they currently average just 98.0 possession per game. This could benefit the team as they are currently one of the better 3-point shooting units in the NBA.
On the defensive end of the floor, the Clippers are giving up an average of 108.39 points per game, good for 11th in the NBA.
A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Clippers 2nd leading scorer, Kawhi Leonard. In his 42 games, Leonard is averaging 23.8 points per game while dishing out 3.9 assists and grabbing 6.4 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of Paul George, who leads the team and is 26th in the NBA at 23.8 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 45.8% of his field goal attempts while taking 20.8% of the team’s shots from the floor.
This season, the Portland offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 114.4 points per game. So far, the Trail Blazers are averaging 97.7 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Although the Trail Blazers have a current effective field goal percentage of 55.7%, their below average pace of play is a key factor behind their mediocre scoring numbers.
Currently, the Trail Blazers defense is ranked 27th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 115.11 points per game vs the unit.
This season, the Trail Blazers offense has primarily worked through Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 56 games, Lillard is 3rd in the NBA at 32.4 points per game. So far, him and Simons have accounted for 45% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 53.5 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Anfernee Simons is grabbing 2.6 rebounds for Portland to go along with 4.0 assists.
Clippers vs Trail Blazers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Trail Blazers +2.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF