Clippers Begin Post-Blake Griffin Era as Pick vs. Trail Blazers

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Swinging Johnson

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 3:22 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 3:22 PM GMT

Portland blazes a path to the Staples Center on Tuesday night having won five of its last six to meet the Clippers, winners of their last two but now without superstar Blake Griffin following a stunning trade.

Trail Blazers (27-22 SU, 23-21-5 ATS) at Clippers (25-24 SU, 27-21 ATS)Free NBA Pick: ClippersBest Line Offered: Heritage

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  • Los Angeles is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Los Angeles is 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games as a favorite.
  • Los Angeles is 13-2-1 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight up win.
  • Portland is 1-4 ATS in their last five Tuesday games.
  • Portland is 1-3-1 ATS in their last five road games.
  • Portland is 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games as a road underdog.

On Monday, the Clippers stunned the NBA by trading superstar Blake Griffin to Detroit, along with Willie Reed and Brice Johnson, for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic, a first-round draft pick in 2018 (protected spots 1-4) and a second-round pick in 2019. What they also traded away was a boatload of payroll as Griffin signed a $171 million deal over the summer and was dubbed a “Clipper for life” by team president Lawrence Frank. Beware of Clips bearing gifts, to garble a phrase.

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Thanks so much to @blakegriffin32 for all he did for the @LAClippers He is an incredible player and an incredible person. He made our team into a real franchise and deserves a ton of credit. I wish him all the very very best

— Steve Ballmer (@Steven_Ballmer) January 30, 2018
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The newly-acquired defensive specialist Bradley will likely not suit up tonight, which begs the question: Why are the NBA odds reflecting the Clippers as opening favorites (line has since moved) over a team in the Trail Blazers that boasts a better record and a winning streak? Seems like including Portland in your NBA picks actually getting points is low-hanging fruit.

However, the Blazers have lost and failed to cover their last four road games, and this is an opportunity for Clippers power forward Montrezl Harrell to shine. The second-year man out of Louisville has proven his worth in a backup role to Griffin and has consistently produced impressive numbers when given extended playing time, like his 31 minutes against Minnesota a little over a week ago when he had 23 points on 8 of 14 shooting along with seven rebounds.

There will undoubtedly be a feeling-out period for the new cast in LA, but Bradley and Harris are doubtful for this contest and there will be no need to integrate them, at least for tonight. I am going against the grain and believe that the Clippers, 3-1 straight up and against the number against the Blazers over their last four meetings, will again prevail. Thirteen months ago was the last time these teams met in Los Angeles, and the Clips were a 10-point home favorites in which they edged Portland 121-120. Now the line is LA -2 to -2 ½ depending on where you shop. We call that value and look for a huge game from Harrell. Back the Clips tonight!

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