Los Angeles Clippers (12-9) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (11-9)
November 29, 2022 10:00 pm EDT
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -3.5; Over/Under: +217.5
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The Los Angeles Clippers travel to the Moda Center to do battle with the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.
The Los Angeles Clippers have been in decent form as they’ve won four of their last six games overall and they will be looking to stay hot after routing the Pacers in a 114-100 home win on Sunday. Ivica Zubac led the team with a monster night of 31 points with 29 rebounds and three blocks, Norman Powell added 19 points off the bench while Terance Mann chipped in with 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists. As a team, the Clippers shot 44 percent from the field and six of 32 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 35 points in the first quarter to take the narrow lead into halftime, before they dominated the third quarter by 23-12 to lead by as many as 20 points.
Meanwhile, the Portland Trail Blazers have been in a real slump as they’ve lost five of their last six games overall and they will be hoping to bounce back after getting beaten by the Nets in a 111-97 road loss on Sunday. Jerami Grant led the team with 29 points and five assists, Jusuf Nurkic added 17 points, 14 rebounds and four assists while Anfernee Simons chipped in with 15 points and six assists. As a team, the Trail Blazers shot 44 percent from the field and 12 of 33 from the 3-point line as they kept pace with the Nets in a tightly contested first half, before falling away in the second half where they got outscored by 53-40. The Trail Blazers’ depth has been stretched lately with Damian Lillard still out and it was on display again as the Trail Blazers bench was outscored by 37-13 in this one.
Looking at the betting trends, the Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record. The Trail Blazers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record, 11-24 ATS in their last 35 games following a loss and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the under is 6-2 in the last eight meetings in Portland and the Clippers are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.
The Clippers are going to be shorthanded once again as John Wall, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard have all been ruled out, while the Trail Blazers are still missing Damian Lillard and Keon Johnson. The Clippers come into this game as the team in better form and they will be full of confidence after blowing past the Pacers on Sunday thanks to a monster game from Zubac. This looks like an ideal spot for the Trail Blazers to beat a vulnerable Clippers outfit, but they’ve lost five of their last six games, while the Clippers have continued to win despite all the injuries. I get why the Trail Blazers have opened as favorites at home, but I’ll stick with the banged up Clippers to get the job done in this spot.