Betting The LA Clippers vs Portland Trail Blazers Playoff Lines
At the Staples Center on Wednesday night, the Portland Trail Blazers will take on the Los Angeles Clippers in a NBA odds battle of the 5th and 4th seed in the Western Conference. The Portland Trail Blazers lost Game 1 by 20 points in Los Angeles. Portland moved to the fifth seed late in the season, finishing with a 44-38 record. The Trail Blazers finished 2 games ahead of Dallas and Memphis. For the Los Angeles Clippers, they finished with a 53-29 record on the season. Los Angeles held the fourth seed in the West pretty much all season, behind the Warriors, Spurs and Thunder.
How To Bet on the Trail Blazers vs. Clippers NBA Playoff Odds, TV & Game Info
Why Bet the Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers are pleased with their 2015 – 2016 season, after losing their big man LaMarcus Aldridge to free agency. Since Aldridge left, Damian Lillard has taken over as the top dog for the Portland offense. The point guard is scoring 25.1 points per game, and also dishing out 6.8 assists per game. The Trail Blazers have reached the postseason for the third straight season. Portland is 6th in the National Basketball Association offensively; averaging more than 105 points per game.
Why Bet the Clippers
If you want to talk offense, the Los Angeles Clippers are a good place to start. The Clippers are also scoring nearly 105 points per game. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin continue to be one of the top score tandems in the National Basketball Association. Paul has been sensational since losing Blake Griffin to injury. The point guard is scoring 20 points per game, and also dishing out 10 assists per game. Los Angeles finished the regular season with their fourth straight 50 win season.
Expert Score & Prediction
The Los Angeles Clippers knew they would have a tough test in their first round match-up with the Portland Trail Blazers. That may benefit them later in the postseason, as the rest of the top teams may not be tested quite as well. Blake Griffin seems to be healthy for the Clippers, and is likely well rested. Chris Paul has been great running the point for the Clippers, and that should eliminate the great guard play from Portland. The bet for this game is the Los Angeles Clippers -8 over the Portland Trail Blazers.
The final score prediction: LA Clippers 106 – Trail Blazers 99.