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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 4/23/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Clippers (55-29) at Portland Trail Blazers (44-40)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 10:30 pm (Moda Center)

The Line: Portland Trail Blazers +1.5 -- Over/Under: 207.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Clippers face off on Saturday as the play game three of their NBA playoff series.  

The Portland Trail Blazers find themselves in a 2-0 hole in their opening round NBA Playoff series as they return home to Portland. For the season the Trail Blazers are averaging 104.7 points per game while shooting 44.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 104.4 points per game with their opponents shooting 45.4 percent. In the Playoffs Damian Lillard has led the way for Portland averaging 19.5 points and 5.5 assists per game. C.J. McCollum is averaging 12.5 points, Mason Plumlee is averaging 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds, and Maurice Harkless is averaging 10.5 points and 5.0 assists. The Blazers weren’t close in either game in L.A.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 4/23/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Clippers are just two wins from advancing to the next round of the NBA playoffs. For the season the Clippers are averaging 1-4.6 points per game and they are shooting 46.5 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 99.9 points and their opponents are shooting 43.2 percent. In the playoffs Chris Paul is leading the Clippers averaging 26.5 points and 8.0 assists per game. J.J. Reddick is averaging 17 points, Blake Griffin is averaging 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds, Jamal Crawford is averaging 12 points, and DeAndre Jordan is averaging 10.5 points and 15 rebounds. The Clippers defense has looked greatly improved since the playoffs have begun.

Portland is 2-6 against the spread in their last eight home games, 1-4 against the spread following a loss, 8-2 against the spread following a loss by more than 10 points, and 0-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Los Angeles is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games, 9-2 against the spread following a win, 5-0 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 2-8 against the spread playing on two days rest.  The favorite has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two teams.

I can’t believe the Clippers will play defense for three games in a row especially going on the road with a two game lead so I see complacency setting in and the Blazers getting the win. 

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