Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers (42-26) at Los Angeles Clippers (37-31)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers meet Sunday in NBA action at the Staples Center.
The Portland Trail Blazers look to keep the ball rolling, as they haven’t lost a game since February 11. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 105.9 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 103.1 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 26.8 points and 6.6 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 7.3 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc and 80.1 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won four straight road games.
The Los Angeles Clippers need a win here to stay in the playoff race after splitting their last six games. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 109.3 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 108.1 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Lou Williams is averaging 22.9 points and 5.4 assists while Tobias Harris is averaging 20.6 points and 6.9 rebounds. Austin Rivers is the third double-digit scorer and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 15.4 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Clippers have won six of their last eight home games.
The Trail Blazers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Pacific, 13-6-2 ATS in their last 21 games playing on 0 days rest and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Northwest, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The road team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the under is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Los Angeles.
The Clippers probably have the advantage here with the Portland Trail Blazers on the end of a back to back, but are you really going to turn down the free bucket with one of the hottest teams in the league. The Trail Blazers haven’t lost in over a month and Lillard is playing some of the best ball of his life, as Portland looks to lockup the third seed in the West. The Los Angeles Clippers are a very inconsistent team and continue to have a hard time getting stops. I’ll take the better team and the free bucket.
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