Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 1/14/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers (25-13) at Portland Trail Blazers (30-8)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 10:30 pm (Moda Center)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -3.5 -- Over/Under: 205.5 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers take a trip to Oregon to take on the Portland Trailblazers tonight.
The Los Angeles Clippers have won five of their last seven overall but were beaten by the Heat by 104-90 on Sunday. Blake Griffin led the way with 26 points on 10 of 19 shooting while Chris Paul added 23 points and nine assists, but the rest of the team played quite poorly for the entire game, especially in the fourth quarter where the Clippers could only muster up 14 points against a Heat team that had lost five of their last six. Perhaps this loss was just a one-off thing because the Clippers did just crush the Mavericks by 120-100 the night before, so maybe fatigue played a little factor in this loss, but it still drops the Clippers to 25-13 on the season which is only good for sixth in the Western Conference at this point.
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Meanwhile, the Portland Trailblazers have won eight of their last nine overall and are looking to build on a four-game win streak after beating the Lakers by 106-94 on Sunday. For the second time in a week, the Blazers found themslves in a battle with the Lakers who played without Kobe Bryant, but once again it was Damian Lillard who came to the rescue with 17 of his 34 points in a dominant fourth quarter for the Blazers. Wesley Matthews added 16 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 points but there was no second-guessing in whose hands the ball would be come crunch time. With the win, Portland improved to 30-8 overall and 12-5 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Clippers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a loss of more than 10 points and 0-5 ATS in their last five road games, while the Blazers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a win and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a winning record.
These teams last met on Nov. 8 and it was the Clippers who won by 106-102 on the back of 30 points from JJ Redick, but such a big night from Redick only comes around once every so often so I think the Blazers should be good enough to level the score in this one. I'm taking Portland at home where they've been so tough to beat all season.