Trail Blazers at Clippers Game 2 - 4/20/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (44-38) at Los Angeles Clippers (53-29)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -3.5 -- Over/Under: 206 See the Latest Odds
TV: TNT, KGW
The Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers meet Wednesday night for game two at the Staples Center.
The Portland Trail Blazers look for a bounce back performance after getting crushed in the second half of game one. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 95 points on 39.8 percent shooting and allowing 115 points on 53.8 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 21 points and eight assists while C.J. McCollum is averaging nine points and two rebounds. Allen Crabbe is dishing one assist and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 12 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.1 percent from the free throw line. The Trail Blazers are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have lost seven of their last nine road games.
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The Los Angeles Clippers hope to take a quick 2-0 series lead before heading back to Portland. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 115 points on 53.8 percent shooting and allowing 95 points on 39.8 percent shooting. Chris Paul is averaging 28 points and 11 assists while Blake Griffin is averaging 19 points and 12 rebounds. Wesley Johnson is dishing assist and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 12 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 64.1 percent from the free throw line. The Clippers are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Clippers have won seven straight home games.
The Trail Blazers are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games following a ATS loss and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Clippers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 6-14 ATS in their last 20 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Trail Blazers are 4-2 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles.
This line is extremely low considering the Clippers just dominated the Trail Blazers on Sunday night. We've been backing Portland all season, but there's no bigs to compete with Jordan and Griffin. The Trail Blazers are more than capable of playing better, but the Clippers should be able to show up, win and cover the small number.