NBA Picks: Clippers Looking to Prove Their Worth Against Trail Blazers

David Lawrence

Monday, November 30, 2015 2:07 PM GMT

The Portland Trail Blazers look to improve their chances for the Western Conference race, but the L.A. Clippers are rocking their momentum as NBA odds show. What will be the best NBA pick?

The Portland Trail Blazers are trying to make up ground in the Western Conference race. The Los Angeles Clippers are trying to get some momentum going, now that they have their whole roster on the court. It’s a very interesting time in an NBA season which has taken some unexpected turns so far.

 

Momentum
The Trail Blazers won their most recent game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night at home. The Lakers are a bad team, but every night in the NBA, you can only play the team that’s in front of you, and the Blazers took care of business without too much trouble. Scoring 108 points will win most games in the NBA, so Portland has to be genuinely happy with its performance. The Blazers boast a potent backcourt this season, with C.J. McCollum helping out Damian Lillard to give Portland more threats, more depth, more ways in which to score against defenses that are stretched thin on the perimeter.

The larger trend for the Blazers is not as encouraging. This is a team which had lost most of its previous several games, including a six-game losing streak not that long ago. Portland has had chronic problems with closing out fourth quarters and protecting late leads. That has to change if this team is going to move up in the Western Conference and get a playoff position.

The Los Angeles Clippers have been harmed by injuries this season. Chris Paul has been affected to some degree, and J.J. Redick missed several games. The Clippers started 8-8 and have not responded well in a lot of tight games. They have had trouble working their new lineups into the flow of the season. Paul Pierce and Lance Stephenson have not gelled on the court, either together or separately. The Clippers did win their most recent game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Redick did return from an injury, and he looked good. The Clippers should be much more stable and should have the players they feel they need to make a charge in the Western Conference. This is a team too good to remain mediocre for too long.

 

Home-Away Trends
Los Angeles is 7-4 at home, and Portland is 3-6 on the road.

 

Injuries
Portland center Chris Kaman is questionable with an ankle injury. The Clippers have no injuries right now, since Redick is off the shelf and is playing again.

 

What’s The Pick?
The Clippers started as a 7.5-point favorite and the NBA odds are still at that number. The betting public can see that with Redick back in the lineup, the Clippers are a different and much better team. If you think that Los Angeles’ win over Minnesota isn’t that big a deal, the Timberwolves were 6-2 on the road entering that game. The Clippers are in a position where they have to show a lot more in order to prove that they’ve really rebounded from all their troubles in the first month of the season, but they appear to be on their way back. Portland is not ready to handle the Clippers’ main stars, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Take the Clippers with your NBA picks.

Free NBA Pick: Clippers -7.5 at BetOnline

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