Clippers Getting Too Many Points at Portland in ESPN Game

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Swinging Johnson

Friday, March 30, 2018 2:02 PM GMT

Friday, Mar. 30, 2018 2:02 PM GMT

The Clippers are shooting for their fourth consecutive win as they make a desperate push to claim the final playoff spot in the West, while the Trail Blazers try to maintain their hold on the No. 3 seed. They meet in Portland late Friday on ESPN.

Clippers (41-34 SU, 41-33-1 ATS) at Trail Blazers (46-29 SU, 41-27-7 ATS)Free NBA Pick: Clippers +7Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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  • Portland is 7-7 ATS over their last 14 Friday games.
  • Portland is 5-6 ATS off an upset loss as a favorite
  • Los Angeles is 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 games as a road underdog.
  • Los Angeles is 9-2 ATS in their last 11 Friday games.
  • Los Angeles is 10-3 ATS in their last 13 road games vs. a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600.
  • Los Angeles is 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.

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— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) March 30, 2018
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The Clippers are on the precipice of postseason play, but as of this moment they are one game behind Utah for the final playoff spot. However, if the moon and stars align and LA continues to win while teams in front of them collapse, then the Clippers could vault to as high as the fourth seed in the West. But time is running out and desperation has set in as they prepare to tangle with one of the league’s best in Portland tonight (10:30, ESPN).

The Trail Blazers have gone 2-3 straight up and 2-2-1 against the number since their 13-game winning streak was snapped in Houston 10 days ago. Wednesday night, Portland wrapped up a three-game road trip in Memphis after solid wins over Oklahoma City and New Orleans. However, they were without Maurice Harkless, who injured his knee in the game against OKC and is out for 2-3 weeks, as well as Damian Lillard, who missed Memphis to see the birth of his child. The result was a 108-103 lackluster loss to the Grizzlies as 5½-point road favorites. Lillard is expected to return tonight, while Harkless will miss the remainder of the regular season and perhaps the first round of the playoffs.

Portland is 2-1 straight up and ATS vs. the Clippers this season with the last meeting turning into a rout when the Trail Blazers drew away to a 122-109 as 1½-point road underdogs. Now, just 12 days removed from that contest, a quick check of the NBA odds board reveals the Blazers as 7-point home chalk tonight. Yet Portland will be without their starting small forward (Harkless) who was a solid contributor in that March 18 win when he scored 21 points.

It should also be noted that LA has scored an average of 111 points and allowed just 101 per game during their three-game winning streak, which includes victories over Toronto and Phoenix on the road, and Milwaukee at home. Los Angeles feeling the heat and catching seven points in a revenge spot against a team without one of its starters makes the Clippers a good bet in our NBA picks tonight.

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