The third and fourth best teams of the Western Conference are clashing in this high caliber duel, when the third Portland Trail Blazers (8-3), are hosting the fourth Los Angeles Clippers (6-4), with both teams having won their last two games and looking to extend those winning streaks.
Date/Time: 11-08-2018, 22:00 EDT
Spread: Portland Trail Blazers -5
Portland Trail Blazers have an 8-3 record (8-3 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third place of the West. They have won five of their last six matches and in their last game they won at home against the Bucks with a 118-103 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Damian Lillard with 26.7 ppg, adding 5.1 boards and a team high 5.5 dimes per game. He is followed by CJ McCollum with 20.8 ppg and 4 boards per game.
Los Angeles Clippers have a 6-4 record (6-4 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with three more teams in the 4th place of the West. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against the Wolves with a 120-109 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Tobias Harris with 21.3 ppg, adding a team high 8.5 boards per game. He is followed by Danilo Gallinari with 20 ppg and 5.7 boards, while Lou Williams adds 19.1 ppg.
In their four meetings last season the Blazers led the Clippers 3-1 wins but were 1-1 at home, winning by 9 points and losing by one. Blazers have a 5-2 home record this season, while the Clippers are 2-3 on the road. Blazers are better both offensively, scoring 117.3 ppg to Clippers’ 116.2 and defensively, allowing 107.4 ppg to Clippers’ 109.8. Clippers on the other hand have better percentages both in field goals (47.5% to 47.03%) and in 3-pointers (39.84% to 36.06%). Blazers are better both in boards grabbed (51.8 to 46.5) and in turnovers committed (14.9 to 15.9), while Clippers are better in dimes made (22.3 to 20.5). Celtics are superior and the absolute favorite in this game. Vegas odds give them a -9 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy road win. Blazers are one level above the Clippers so far and Vegas odds give them a -5 spread for this game. Expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Los Angeles Clippers vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers -5 (-109)
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