Portland at Los Angeles NBA Odds Analysis

Posted by Aaron . on April 19, 2016 in

On Wednesday night, the Portland Trail Blazers will be in Los Angeles to take on the Clippers in Game 2 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series. The Clippers took the Trail Blazers to the woodshed in Game 1, rolling to a 115-95 victory. Blake Griffin had his best game for the Clippers since he returned to the court after a 45-game hiatus. Find the latest NBA online betting spread here.

Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Clippers NBA Odds Analysis

When: Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 10:30pm Eastern time
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles
Radio: Clippers Radio Network
Live Stream: NBA-Stream.com



Why should you bet on Portland?

The Trail Blazers looked helpless against the Clippers in Game 1, as they couldn’t get much going on either end of the floor. That was a bit of a surprise given how well Portland had played down the stretch, and while Damian Lillard picked up his 21 points, C.J. McCollum was limited to 9. This year the two averaged 45.9 points per season, but they combined to shoot just 10 for 28 from the floor in Game 1. If they get some better looks in Game 2, and get some better rolls, they should see those numbers go up in Game 2.

Why should you put your money on the Clippers?

Blake Griffin was emphatically back — and so Lob City was on in Game 1, as he was dunking ferociously and driving to the rim over and over. This aggressiveness simply shredded the Trail Blazers inside, and it didn’t look like they had an answer for his dimension. They’re not alone — the Clippers are 6-0 since he has come back. With all of those inside shots, it was no surprise that L.A. shot 54 percent from the floor and limited Portland to five second-chance points for the game. If Griffin keeps going like this, his energy could pull the Clippers to a deep run in these playoffs.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the Clippers to make it a 2-0 series, thanks to their dominance inside as well as the strong play of Chris Paul. I’m predicting a 110-99 L.A. win in Game 2.