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Los Angeles Clippers at Portland Trail Blazers - 10/27/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Clippers (0-0) at Portland Trail Blazers (1-0)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 10:30 pm (Moda Center)

The Line: Portland Trail Blazers +1.5 -- Over/Under: 209 See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT

The Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers play an NBA game Thursday night at the Moda Center on TNT.

The Los Angeles Clippers hope that this is the season to compete for an NBA title and it may be the last year for quite some time with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin being free agents at the end of the season. Throw DeAndre Jordan and JJ Reddick in the mix and the Clippers have probably the second most talented starting five in the league behind the Golden State Warriors. The key for the Clippers this season will be their bench and the additions of Brandon Bass and Marreese Speights should help out in that department. If there’s a dark horse out there that could push the Warriors or the Cleveland Cavaliers, it’s probably the Clippers. The Los Angeles Clippers have won four of their last five regular season openers. Paul Pierce is likely out due to an ankle injury.

Los Angeles Clippers at Portland Trail Blazers - 10/27/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Portland Trail Blazers are coming off a season-opening victory over the Utah Jazz and hope to start 2-0 for the first time since 2011-12. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 113 points on 52 percent shooting and allowing 104 points on 48.8 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 39 points and six assists while C.J. McCollum is averaging 25 points and two rebounds. Allen Crabbe is the third double-digit scorer and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing four rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 68.4 percent from beyond the arc and 100 percent from the free throw line. The Trail Blazers are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won 10 of their last 11 regular season home games.

The Clippers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Northwest. The Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up win. The over is 14-6-2 in the last 22 meetings in Portland.

You guys know since last year I've been backing the Portland Trail Blazers heavy, especially when they're at home. That's going to be the case here as well. Portland has an advantage having a game under its belt and the Clippers have lost four straight games against the Trail Blazers. It's about time the oddmakers and bettors starting taking the Trail Blazers a little more seriously.

Give me the home team and the free point.

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Portland Trail Blazers +1.5

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