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Trail Blazers at Clippers Game 1- 4/17/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland Trail Blazers (44-38) at Los Angeles Clippers (53-29)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT

The Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers open their playoff series Sunday night at the Staples Center.

The Portland Trail Blazers have now made the playoffs in three of the four seasons under head coach Terry Stotts. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 105.1 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 104.3 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 25.1 points and 6.8 assists while C.J. McCollum is averaging 20.8 points and 3.2 rebounds. Allen Crabbe is dishing 1.2 assists and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 75.4 percent from the free throw line. The Trail Blazers are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.5 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have lost six of their last eight road games.

Trail Blazers at Clippers Game 1- 4/17/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Clippers have made the playoffs now for a fifth straight season. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 104.5 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 100.2 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Chris Paul is averaging 19.5 points and 10 assists while Blake Griffin is averaging 21.4 points and 8.4 rebounds. J.J. Redick is dishing 1.4 assists and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 13.8 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 69.2 percent from the free throw line. The Clippers are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Clippers have won seven straight home games.

The Trail Blazers are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games following a ATS loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 5-14 ATS in their last 19 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles. 

You guys know the deal with the Portland Trail Blazers when it comes to my articles. We back Portland any time we get a low line or free points. It's paid off for us all season, and I think Portland can win this series. I'm not shying away from the Portland Trail Blazers here, especially against a Clippers team that still has a Blake Griffin who is not 100 percent. Don't sleep on the Portland Trail Blazers. 

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