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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 3/30/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Clippers (41-34) at Portland Trail Blazers (46-29)
Date & Time Friday March 30, 2018, 10:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -6 -- Over/Under: 217.5
TV Channel
ESPN, FSW2, CSNN
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NBA | Los Angeles Clippers (41-34) at Portland Trail Blazers (46-29)
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The Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers meet Friday in NBA action at the Moda Center.

The Los Angeles Clippers need a win to stay in the playoff race after winning four of their last five games. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 109.5 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 108.4 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Lou Williams is averaging 22.7 points and 5.4 assists while Tobias Harris is averaging 19.7 points and 6.1 rebounds. Austin Rivers is the third double-digit scorer and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 15.4 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.3 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Clippers have split their last eight road games.

The Portland Trail Blazers also need a win here after splitting their last six games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 106 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 103.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 26.8 points and 6.5 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 21.8 points and 3.9 rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 7.5 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 79.8 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won five of their last seven home games.

The Clippers are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 Friday games, 20-7-1 ATS in their last 28 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Pacific, 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 home games and 34-15-2 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the over is 15-7-2 in the last 24 meetings in Portland.

The Portland Trail Blazers just smoked the Clippers about two weeks ago on the road, and they've been one of the hotter teams in the league in the second half. The Los Angeles Clippers are fighting for their playoff lives and need as many wins as they can get, and while the defense doesn't show up much, they have the offensive firepower to keep up with the Trail Blazers. Also, Portland is just 7-9 ATS this season when favored by at least six points, while the Clippers have been covering machines on the road all year. There's value with the points with the team that needs the victory more.

Pick:
Los Angeles Clippers +6

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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