Chris Paul and the fourth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers will look to tame Damian Lillard and the fifth-seeded Portland Trail Blazers when they square off in their first round Western Conference playoff series that gets underway on Sunday, April, 17. Two of the most exciting point guards on the planet, Paul and Lillard will lead the way for their respective teams as they try to overcome all odds and get past either San Antonio or Golden State to win the Western Conference crown. Thanks to the expert NBA betting lines analysis that you’re about to get, you’re going to be able to maximize your chances of cashing in early and often no matter which ball club you bet on in this intriguing pairing. Okay with tip-off time quickly approaching, let’s get started.
Clippers vs Trail Blazers NBA Playoff Series Odds Report
The Blazers (44-38 SU, 44-38 TS) ranked 13th in scoring (102.7 ppg) and 15th in field goal shooting percentage (45.1 %) while also ranking a stellar fourth in three-point shooting percentage (37.0 %), 12th in free throw shooting percentage (77.9 %) and 18th in rebounding (43.2 rpg).
Defensively, Portland ranked a discouraging 20th in points allowed (104.3 ppg) while also finishing 16th in defensive field goal percentage (45.3 %), 26th in three-point defense (37.1 %), and 14th in rebounds allowed (43.7 rpg).
The Blazers were 28-13 SU and 21-20 ATS at home during the regular season and 16-25 SU and 23-18 ATS on the road.
No. 4 Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers (53-29 SU, 40-39-3 ATS) ranked an impressive seventh in scoring during the regular season (104.5 ppg) and sixth in field goal shooting percentage (46.5 %) while also ranking sixth in three-point shooting percentage (36.4 %), but a dismal 29th in free throw shooting percentage (69.2 %) and 25th in rebounding (42.0 rpg).
Defensively, Los Angeles ranked seventh in points allowed (100.2 ppg) while also finishing a stellar second in defensive field goal percentage (43.4 %), fifth in three-point defense (33.8 %), but just 29th in rebounds allowed (46.7 rpg).
The Clippers were 29-12 SU and 20-20-1 ATS at home during the regular season and 24-17 SU and 20-19-2 ATS on the road.
My Series Analysis and Expert Pick
If you know anything about NBA basketball, then you’ve got to know that Portland floor leader Damian Lillard (25.1 ppg) is a superstar of the highest order! Not only that, but young back court mate C.J. McCollum has also blossomed into a star, though not quite the same caliber of Lillard just yet.
Having said that, the fact of the matter is that the Portland Trail Blazers have gone about as far s they can in overachieving all season long just to reach the playoffs. Portland has just two other double-digit scorers on their roster in Allen Crabbe and Al-Farouq Aminu and that just won’t cut it against a Los Angeles Clippers team that has more talent and a big edge in postseason experience. Led by Chris Paul’s 19.5 points and 10.0 assists per night, the loaded Clippers can dominate down low with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan or beat the Blazers with perimeter snipers Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick.
Last but not least, if any game in this series should happen to be close down the stretch, the Clippers have one of the game’s most feared finishers in future Hall of Fame small forward Paul Pierce, who should be firing on all cylinders after playing just over 18 minutes per night during the regular season.
The Clippers won the regular season series 3-1 and will win this series in five games and six at the very most!