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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers

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Portland Trail Blazers (40-26) at Los Angeles Clippers (38-29)

NBA: March 12, 2019 @ 10:30 PM EST (Staples Center)

Line and Odds: Trail Blazers -2.5/ Clippers+2.5 — Over/Under: 231.5

Free NBA Pick Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers

The Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers will face off on Tuesday in a matchup that could have playoff implications for both teams in a stacked Western Conference.

After closing February on a five game winning streak, the Trail Blazers have taken a step back in March and come into this game having lost three of their last five games. Still, Portland is a fairly well-rounded team that excels in rebounding (4th in offensive rebounding percentage, 7th in defensive rebounding percentage, 2nd in total rebounding percentage) and offensive efficiency (112.6 offensive rating ranks among the NBA’s top-five teams). However, they do have a few weaknesses which includes an average defense (the Trail Blazers rank 16th in defensive efficiency) and enters this matchup with a potentially thin bench, with Evan Turner and Rodney Hood both listed as questionable. If neither can play, expect Maurice Harkless and Jake Layman to pick up some extra minutes. Even without Hood and Turner, this is a very strong Portland team that boasts an impressive offense, led by C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard, and is paired with a capable defense.

The Clippers come into this game as one of the NBA’s hottest teams and have forced their way into the playoff picture despite selling one of their better players (Tobias Harris) at the trade deadline. Los Angeles is an adequate defensive team, but the Clippers tend to win games on the back of their impressive offense. The Clippers average 114.2 points per game (0.3 points more than the Trail Blazers) with a free throw-heavy offense that rarely scores from behind the arc (relative to the rest of the NBA) and runs with a top-ten pace. Defensively, the Clippers are slightly below average but particularly struggle to protect the paint (22nd in NBA), limit second chance points (23rd in NBA), and produce turnovers (26th in NBA). That being said, the Clippers boast the NBA’s best opposing three point shooting percentage (top-ten opposing field goal percentage too), so there are a few strengths to be found within their struggling defense.

Cover the Spread 365 Betting Trends

Portland Trail Blazers

Portland is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games

The total has gone OVER in 8 of Boston’s last 10 games

Portland is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road

Los Angeles Clippers

LA Clippers is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games

The total has gone OVER in 3 of their last 4 games at home

LA Clippers is 4-0 ATS in its last 4 games at home

Free NBA Pick Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Although the Trail Blazers’ questionable depth might be problematic, the Clippers will be playing in the second game of a back-to-back set. This isn’t good news for the Clippers as they have been inconsistent in such matchups this year going 6-6 on the second day of a back-to-back. . The Portland big men should have a field day in the paint against the Clippers’ weak interior defense, and the Clippers’ three-point-averse offense should hold them back in what will likely be a close game.

The Pick: Trail Blazers -2.5 (-110)

Sam Chinitz
Sam Chinitz
Sam has always had a fascination with numbers and sports, so he's combined the two to become a handicapper and a blogger. He loves sports and loves writing about them. Using not just statistics and records, he uses common sense and conventional thinking. The opposite of what most bettors rely on--impulse wagering and following the norm. His articles are well-thought-out and well-researched.
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