After getting dominated on the road in the first two games of their first round Western Conference playoff series, Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers will look to show up against Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 3 while taking the first step toward evening their series. Now, let’s find out how the Blazers will fare in this NBA betting lines match up.
How To Bet The Clippers @ Trail Blazers NBA Playoffs Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 10:30 pm
Where: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
NBA Odds: Trail Blazers +1.5
Why Bet the Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers are a good bet simply because they’ve got far more talent and experience on their roster. L.A. got a game-high 25 points from Chris Paul in their 102-81 win on Wednesday while getting 17 points from J.J. Redick and 11 points from Jamal Crawford. More importantly, L.A. harassed Portland into 34.1 percent shooting from the field and just 19.2 percent from beyond the arc.
Why Bet the Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers are a good pick in this contest only because they’re playing t home and are completely desperate. Damian Lillard and Mason Plumlee both scored a team-high 17 points while C.J. McCollum added 16 points in the humbling loss. Unfortunately, Lillard shot a dismal 6-for-22 from the field with Plumlee (5-for-7) being the only Portland player to shoot at lest 50 percent from the field.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Portland may be playing at home, but they’re not the pick for me, mostly because they just don’t have enough weapons to beat the superior Clippers. The Blazers are just 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a SU loss and a dismal 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall.
Conversely, the Clippers are 5-0 TS in their last five games against a team with a winning SU record, 5-1 ATS in their last six games and a blistering 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following an SU win. Chris Paul and company get the win and ATS cover to take a commanding 3-0 series lead.
My Final Score prediction: Clippers 107 Blazers 98