Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 4/20/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (44-39) at Los Angeles Clippers (54-29)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -8.5 -- Over/Under: 209 See the Latest Odds
The Portland Trailblazers and the Los Angeles Clippers meet for Game 2 tonight at the Staples Center.
The Trailblazers have plenty of work to do if they want to improve on their 115-95 loss to the Clippers in Game 1 on Sunday. Damian Lillard had a decent game of 21 points and eight assists, Gerald Henderson added 16 points off the bench while Al Farouq Aminu had 10 points with 12 rebounds but no other player finished in double figures as the Blazers looked completely outmatched on both ends of the floor. For the Blazers to be successful, Lillard needs to take on an even larger role in the offense and shoot at least 25 shot attempts, but it still won't be enough unless the Blazers can get more production out of CJ McCollum who scored just nine points in 37 minutes of action.
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Meanwhile, the Clippers will be looking for more of the same in Game 2 after dominating from start to finish in Game 1. Chris Paul continued his great regular season form with a game-high 28 points and 11 assists and he had plenty of support as Blake Griffin added 19 points, 12 rebounds and six assists while Deandre Jordan and JJ Redick chipped in with 18 and 17 points respectively. Overall, the Clippers will be delighted with their performance, especially their offense as they seemingly got every shot they wanted and what was encouraging was that Griffin showed no signs of rust at all.
In ATS trends, the Blazers are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games following a loss of more than 10 points and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall, while the Clippers are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the under is 4-1 in the last five meetings overall and 4-0 in the last four meetings in Los Angeles.
What we saw in Game 1 on Sunday was that this really is a bad matchup for the Blazers as they really don't have anyone to depend on outside of their starting backcourt duo of Lillard and McCollum. The money has been heavily in favor of the Clippers, and I have to agree as I can't see anything but another double digit win for the Clippers at home.