Blazers Almost Always Win at Home vs. Clippers & Trend Continues Thursday

Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 1:25 PM UTC

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 1:25 PM UTC

The Los Angeles Clippers continue to overachieve and look for a third straight win Thursday night when they visit Portland for the first time this season.

LA Clippers (6-4 SU, 6-4 ATS) at Portland (8-3 SU, 8-3 ATS)Thursday, 10 p.m. ETFree NBA Pick: Blazers ATSBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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Raise your hand if you thought the best NBA team in Los Angeles this season would be the Clippers!? No one? Bueller? Bueller? Obviously, it’s still very early, but the little brother Clippers have been better than LeBron James and the glamorous Lakers.

The Clippers bring a two-game winning streak into Thursday’s trip to Portland, the first meeting of the season between the teams. Los Angeles is off back-to-back easy wins in Orlando last Friday and then over visiting Minnesota on Monday – the Clippers scored exactly 120 points in each.

It’s interesting that Doc Rivers isn’t using center Marcin Gortat at all of late; Gortat was acquired from Washington in the offseason for Doc’s son Austin. Maybe Doc is still pissed, because it’s not like Gortat it awful yet he’s working on back-to-back DNP-CDs. Boban Marjanovic has started the past two and has played well, but Montrezl Harrell is getting the majority of the minutes in the middle even though he’s a natural power forward.

You can’t call the Clippers a fluke because they are Top 10 in scoring (116.2 ppg) and in defense (109.8 ppg). L.A. also leads the NBA in bench scoring at around 57 points per game thanks in large part to reigning Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams. He’s putting up 19.1 ppg, one of three players averaging at least that many points along with Tobias Harris (21.3) and Danilo Gallinari (20.0), who amazingly isn’t hurt yet. Doc Rivers is playing seven guys at least 21 minutes.

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Portland Pummeling People

The Blazers lost the first meeting with the Clippers last year but then won the final three, all by at least eight points. All-Star Damian Lillard averaged 23.3 points and 6.5 assists and CJ McCollum 18.3 points. Even with that, the Clippers have won 10 of the past 15 regular-season matchups with L.A. averaging 104.9 ppg in those 15 and Portland 102.5. The Clippers are just 23-87 all-time in Portland, though.

Portland enters on a two-game winning streak and both were impressive: a 30-point win over Minnesota on Sunday and a 15-point victory over Milwaukee on Tuesday. McCollum had a season-high 40 against the Bucks.

That’s a great sign for Portland as McCollum had been struggling a bit this year in a new role. Previously, he would move from shooting guard to point guard when Lillard got a breather. However, this year Coach Terry Stotts is keeping McCollum and Lillard together both on the court and off with Evan Turner leading the second unit. Thus, McCollum is playing almost exclusively off the ball and not handling it because Lillard is. Turner, meanwhile, is thriving and had season highs in points (16) and rebounds (11) vs. Milwaukee.

The Blazers remain without starting swingman Moe Harkless, who has missed the past six with knee troubles. Nik Stauskas was questionable Tuesday with a quad but played. He had just two points in 13 minutes.

  • Clippers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning record.
  • Trail Blazers are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games.

Portland has covered four of the past five in the series and is 22-7 ATS in its past 29 at home overall. The Clippers will be missing excellent defensive guard Avery Bradley (ankle), so take the Blazers for a Thursday NBA pick.

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