Free NBA Picks - Portland Trail Blazers vs L.A. Clippers

Austin Rivers in action

Jordan Sharp

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 6:07 PM GMT

Our handicappers have their work cut out for them on Wednesday with a huge slate! One game that offers a betting edge is the one between Trail Blazers and Clipper. Join us for a winning NBA pick.

 

   Portland Trail Blazers vs L.A. Clippers

Portland fought off a tough battle from the Suns last night and now they head into Los Angeles for a date with the Clippers. The NBA Odds have the Clippers as big -9 ½ favorites and while I’m tempted to take the points in a teaser, a better play might be the under.

The Clippers have opened the season with two of their biggest problems solves; defense and their bench. The additions of Mo Speights and Raymond Felton along with Jamal Crawford and the emergence of Austin Rivers has turned this bench legitimate.

However, their defense has been even more impressive. The Clippers own the league’s best defensive rating so far this season, allowing only 91.7 points per 100 possessions. If the Clippers can slow down the Blazers on the second night of a back to back, the Blazers aren’t going to get above 95 points tonight.

Portland’s offense is way too reliant on two players and shutting one of them down is the key to beating them. With Al-Farouq Aminu also in question tonight, the Blazers’ offense will be shut down and the under is my NBA pick.

 

Free NBA Pick: Under 209½Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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