LA Clippers (3-0 SU, 3-0 ATS, 0-3 O/U) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (3-1 SU, 2-0-1 ATS, 1-2 O/U)
NBA: Thursday, October 26, 2017, Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, Oregon, 10:30 pm ET
Line: Portland -2; Over/Under: 211.5
It’s a matchup between a pair of Western Conference foes up in the Pacific Northwest. The LA Clippers are on the road as they take on the Portland Trail Blazers Thursday night. LA remained unbeaten as they beat the Jazz 102-84 at home Tuesday night. Portland bounced back from their first loss of the season as they defeated the Pelicans 103-93 at home Tuesday night. The Trail Blazers hold a 141-76 advantage in the all-time regular season series but the Clippers have taken six straight meetings, including all three last season.
LA Clippers Shoot for 4-0 Start
LA beat a couple of doormats to open the season in the Lakers and Suns before picking up an impressive win over the Jazz, a team that beat them in the first round of the playoffs last season. The Clippers look to run their record to a perfect 4-0 as they face another tough team in the Trail Blazers. LA led by just one at the half before taking command with a 33-15 edge in the third quarter. The Clippers shot 47 percent from the floor and hit 10 of 29 from three point range in the win. Blake Griffin finished with 22 points plus nine boards to lead the way for LA.
The Clippers are currently 7th in the league in scoring offense with 113.3 points per game. LA is 3rd in the league in rebounding with 51.7 boards per game and stand tied for 6th in assists with 23.3 per contest. The Clippers are solid defensively, ranking 1st in scoring defense by allowing 88 points per game. Blake Griffin leads the team with 26.7 points plus 9.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. DeAndre Jordan puts up 10.3 points and 18.3 rebounds per night. Lou Williams (13 points, 5.3 assists), Patrick Beverley (14.7 points, 3.33 steals) and Danilo Gallinari (12.3 points, 6.3 rebounds) are solid offensive weapons for Doc Rivers. Willie Reed, Austin Rivers, Sam Dekker, Wesley Johnson and Milos Teodosic are good rotation players for the Clippers. LA is 12th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 46.4 percent from the floor. The Clippers are 8th in three pointers a game with 11.3 and 5th in three point shooting as they hit 38.6 percent of their long range attempts.
Portland Trail Blazers Look to Deal Clips First Loss
Portland bounced back from their first loss of the season as they defeated New Orleans. In the process, the Trail Blazers extended their string of wins in home openers to 17: they now look to deal the Clippers their first defeat of the year. Portland saw a 10 point lead after the opening quarter turn into a two point deficit after three before outscoring New Orleans 32-20 in the final 12 minutes. The Trail Blazers overcame 37.5 percent shooting from the floor, including 10 of 29 from beyond the arc, in the win. Portland dominated the glass by a 63-42 margin. C.J. McCollum led the Trail Blazers with 23 points in the victory.
The Trail Blazers come into this one 8th in the league in scoring with 112.8 points per game. The Trail Blazers are 1st in the league in rebounding as they collect 53.3 boards a night. Portland is 25th in the league in assists with 19 per contest. The Trail Blazers are above average defensively as they come in 4th in the league by allowing 94.5 points a night. Damian Lillard is second in scoring for the Blazers as he rings up 21 points per game while dishing out 5.8 assists per contest. C.J. McCollum (25.7 points) and Maurice Harkless are both veteran options for the Blazers. Al-Farouq Aminu, Jusuf Nurkic (12.8 points, 7.8 rebounds), Pat Connaughton, Ed Davis, Meyers Leonard and Evan Turner (13.3 points, 4.3 assists) all contribute solidly on the offensive end for Portland’s attack. Portland is 18th in the league in field goal percentage by shooting 44.4 percent from the floor. The Trail Blazers are knocking down 11 three-pointers a night, which is tied for 9th in the league, while ranking 2nd in the league by shooting 44 percent from downtown.
- Clippers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS win
- Trail Blazers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game
- Trail Blazers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games
- Trail Blazers are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 1 day of rest
These two teams are a pair of the top teams in the West in the early going. Both teams have gotten good production throughout their rotation and are poised to try and build on that momentum. The Clippers may miss Teodosic as he’s out for a bit with an ankle issue so having someone pick up that slack would be helpful. Portland is running on full cylinders with McCollum leading the way after missing the opener due to a suspension. This one goes back and forth the whole way but home court advantage leads the Blazers to a victory.
Pick: Portland Trail Blazers -2
This one is going to be an entertaining back and forth contest between a pair of teams with one combined loss in seven games. Both teams have been extremely proficient offensively while stifling the opposition on the other end. The Clippers are #1 in the league in scoring defense while Portland is #4 entering Wednesday night. Both teams’ rotations provide depth and quality scoring options even when their key pieces are on the bench.
The under is 5-1 in the Clippers’ last 6 overall, 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference foes, 5-1 in their last 6 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points and 4-1 in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game. Portland has seen the under go 3-1-1 in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 7-3 in their last 10 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game. Offense has been good for both sides but defense carries the day here and keeps it under the total.