The Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers meet Saturday in NBA action at the crypto.com Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 113.4 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 116.7 points on 48.9 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 32.2 points and 4.8 rebounds, while Anfernee Simons is averaging 21.1 points and 2.6 rebounds. Jerami Grant is the third double-digit scorer and Jusuf Nurkic is grabbing 9.1 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79.8 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 37.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.8 rebounds per game.
The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 113.2 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 112.9 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Paul George is averaging 23.8 points and 6.1 rebounds, while Kawhi Leonard is averaging 23.7 points and 6.3 rebounds. Norman Powell is the third double-digit scorer and Russell Westbrook is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 38.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game.
The Trail Blazers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 10-23-1 ATS in their last 34 games playing on 1 days rest. The Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The under is 5-2 in Trail Blazers last 7 overall. The over is 6-1 in Clippers last 7 overall. The Trail Blazers are 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles and 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
The Los Angeles Clippers are still fighting for seeding, so I'd expect them to play most of their roster. The Portland Trail Blazers have been in full on tank mode for a month or so, and they're losing their last 5 games by an average of 14.8 points. Massive line, but backing the Trail Blazers isn't an option. It's Clippers or pass.