Clippers vs Blazers NBA Pick, Prediction, Odds for 4/20/21

Free NBA Pick and Preview: Los Angeles Clippers vs Portland Trail Blazers
Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 10:05pm ET | Venue: Moda Center, Portland
Spread: Clippers -7 | Total: 223.5 | Moneyline: Clippers -300 | Check Current NBA Odds

Portland isn’t in much danger of playing its way out of the postseason. But the Blazers are battling to stay clear of the play-in round in the West, which is why this is hardly the time for Damian Lillard to have the hamstring issues that kept him out of the last two games vs. the Spurs and Hornets (Portland fortunate to end up splitting those clashes). And if Lillard can’t go, this is probably the wrong time to be running into the Clippers, who are relatively healthy with Kawhi Leonard now back in action and joining up again with Paul George, who has been as hot as any scorer in the league (save maybe Steph Curry) this month, tallying nearly 29 ppg in April.

Last 5 GamesPF/PAPts. Diff.Avg. PRAvg. OPRAvg. Ln.SUR (H/A)ATS (H/A)O/U (H/A)
LA Clippers116.8 / 109.6+7.2311-52-0 / 2-11-1 / 2-01-1 / 1-2
Portland107.8 / 108.2-0.498-31-2 / 1-11-2 / 1-11-2 / 0-2

Even without Kawhi for a handful of recent games, LA has tapped a rich vein of form, winning 8 of its last 9 (7-2 vs. line), which included a second thumping win (133-116) of the campaign vs. Blazers on April 6, when George and Kawhi combined for 65 points and a then-available Lillard was shackled, hitting only 2 of 14 from floor. Even if Dame makes the post, note he is in midst of his least-productive month of the season as opposing defenses have been forcing him to give up the ball and move more of the offense through his teammates, with predictable results.

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No coincidence, then, that Portland has lost and failed to cover five of its last seven, with Lillard available for all but two games in that stretch. Those dynamics might also have something to do with the Blazers’ seven “unders” their last nine games (though both matches vs. LA, including recent April 6 tilt at Staples Center, have been “over” results).
NBA Pick: Play Clippers and Clips-Blazers “Under”

ResultsDateOpponentLineTotalScoreResultsDateOpponentLineTotalScore
LA Clippers04-18-21Minnesota+11.5234105-124Portland04-18-21@ Charlotte+4.5216.5109-101
04-16-21@ Philadelp.+4218.5103-10604-16-21@ San Anton.-1.5229.5106-107
04-14-21@ Detroit-2216.5100-9804-13-21Boston-1230115-116
04-13-21@ Indiana-3233126-11504-11-21Miami-122398-107
04-11-21Detroit+13215124-13104-10-21Detroit-11226.5118-103

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