Portland Trail Blazers (27-22) at Los Angeles Clippers (25-24)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -2 -- Over/Under: 219 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Portland Trailblazers and the Los Angeles Clippers duke it out at the STAPLES Center on Tuesday night.
The Portland Trailblazers have taken full advantage of an easy stretch in their schedule as they’ve won five of their last six games and they will aiming for a third straight win after taking down the Mavericks in a 107-93 road win on Friday. Damian Lillard led the team with 29 points on nine of 18 shooting, CJ McCollum added 20 points with five assists while Ed Davis chipped in with a double-double of 15 points with 13 rebounds off the bench. As a team, the Trailblazers shot 49 percent from the field and 10 of 30 from the three-point line and they never trailed after dominating the second quarter by 35-19 to take an eight-point lead going into halftime. With the easy win, Portland improved to 27-22 overall and 13-12 on the road where they had lost four in a row before Friday’s win.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers have won eight of their past 11 games and they will be aiming for a third straight win after taking down the Pelicans in a 112-103 road win on Sunday. Blake Griffin led the team with 27 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, Lou Williams added 22 points and six assists off the bench while DeAndre Jordan chipped in with 12 points and 19 rebounds. As a team, the Clippers shot 47 percent from the field and nine of 28 from the three-point line in what was truly a game of two halves as they dominated the second half by 61-41 after trailing by 11 points at halftime. With the win, Los Angeles improved to 25-24 overall and 11-13 on the road but the big news is that the Clippers have just traded away Blake Griffin to the Pistons in exchange for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley and a couple of picks.
Looking at the betting trends, the Trailblazers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last five road games, 8-2-3 ATS in their last 13 games following a win of more than 10 points and 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games overall. Meanwhile, the Clippers are 13-2-1 ATS in their last 16 games following a win, 7-2 ATS in their last nine against the Western Conference and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall.
Head to head, the under is 6-2 in the last eight meetings in Los Angeles, the road team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings and the Trailblazers are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings.
The Clippers have been in great form lately, but that didn’t stop their management from trading away Griffin to the Pistons, so you should definitely expect some growing pains as the Clippers adapt to their new teammates. With that being said, the Trailblazers have been playing poorly on the road lately but this looks like a good a spot as any to steal a win while the Clippers sort themselves out. Give me the Trailblazers to come away with the minor upset in what should be a close one.