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Clippers at Trail Blazers Game 4 - 4/25/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Clippers (55-30) at Portland Trail Blazers (45-40)

NBA Basketball: Monday, April 25, 2016 at 10:30 pm (Moda Center)

The Line: Portland Trail Blazers +2.5 -- Over/Under: 206 See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT, FSW2, KGW

The Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers meet for game four Monday night at the Moda Center.

The Los Angeles Clippers hope to regain control of this series by taking a commanding 3-1 lead with a victory. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 101.7 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 90.7 points on 38.7 percent shooting. Chris Paul is averaging 26.3 points and 8.3 assists while Blake Griffin is averaging 14.3 points and 9.3 rebounds. Jamal Crawford is dishing two assists and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 15.3 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 30.4 percent from beyond the arc and 59.8 percent from the free throw line. The Clippers are allowing 25.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Clippers have lost six of their last nine road games.

Clippers at Trail Blazers Game 4 - 4/25/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Portland Trail Blazers can tie this series up at 2-2 with another impressive home victory. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 90.7 points on 38.7 percent shooting and allowing 101.7 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 23.3 points and 4.3 assists while C.J. McCollum is averaging 17.3 points and 3.3 rebounds. Mason Plumlee is grabbing 12 rebounds and Al-Farouq Aminu is dishing two assists. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 25.9 percent from beyond the arc and 75.4 percent from the free throw line. The Trail Blazers are allowing 30.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 49.3 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won 13 of their last 15 home games.

The Clippers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 7-15 ATS in their last 22 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Trail Blazers are 6-19-2 ATS in their last 27 Conference Quarterfinals games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. 

I've been backing the Trail Blazers all year and know just how good they are at the Moda Center. However, the Clippers are the better team and are kind of in must-win mode as they can't allow the series to drag out with the Warriors on deck. Expect the Clippers to come out with more energy and get the job done here. This series can't go longer if the Clips expect to make a run past the first round. 

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