Los Angeles Clippers (6-4) @ Portland Trail Blazers (8-3)
November 8, 2018 10:00 PM ET (Moda Center)
Moneyline: Los Angeles Clippers +185 Portland Trail Blazers -215
Spread: Portland Trail Blazers -5
Free NBA Pick Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers
The Los Angeles Clippers have used their depth to get off to a good start and has already shuffled their starting lineup with Boban Marjanovic replacing Marcin Gortat at center. Gortat appears to have fallen out of the rotation as he has not played in the past two games by coach’s decision. The Clippers without some of that depth with Avery Bradley probably missing this game with an ankle injury and is currently listed as day-to-day while Luc Mbah a Moute will be out with a knee injury and is expected to be back soon. The Clippers though will still have their shooting from deep with LA sitting 2nd in 3-point percentage made and 27th in 3 pointers attempted with just 25.1 3 pointers attempted. In addition to that the Clippers make and attempt the most free throws in the NBA so far this season.
The Portland Trail Blazers have started the season strong and shown they have gotten over last year’s disappointing first-round sweep. CJ McCollum is coming off a 40-point effort against the Milwaukee Bucks that saw Portland win 118-103. The Blazers will be without Moe Harkless who has been limited to five games this season with a knee injury. Portland has gotten off to such a strong start by rebounding the ball as they sit 2nd in rebounds per game. Portland has been led by Damian Lillard who is averaging 26.7 PPG and 5.5 assists in 33.7 minutes per game. Just Nurkic has also gotten off to a fast start averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds per game and is shooting what would be a career 75% at the free throw line.
Cover the Spread 365 Trends
LA Clippers is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Clippers’s last 6 games on the road
LA Clippers is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Portland
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland’s last 6 games when playing LA Clippers
Portland is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against LA Clippers
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland’s last 6 games when playing at home against LA Clippers
Free NBA Prediction Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers
This is a matchup between two hopeful western conference teams. The Blazers have been really good at home with a 4-1 record and against western conference teams while the Clippers have struggled against western conference teams going just 4-3 and has struggled on the road going 2-3. The Blazers should be able to defend their home court with their backcourt continuing to show their offensive prowess and lead them to victory. Portland will need to get rebounds and push the pace against a Clippers defense that is allowing 114.8 points per game on the road. This should be a close game with the team making the fewer mistakes winning and Dame Lillard making a few winning plays late in the game.