Portland Blazers vs LA Clippers NBA Odds Analysis

Posted by Aaron . on March 23, 2016 in

On Thursday, the Portland Trail Blazers head south to take on the L.A. Clippers in Hollywood in a must win game for the team coached by Terry Stotts. The Trail Blazers (36-35) are in second place in the Northwest Division and need to bounce back from a painful 132-120 overtime loss in Dallas on Sunday. They face the Mavericks again at home on Wednesday, and that will give them another shot at victory before heading south. Meanwhile, the LA Clippers (43-26) are in second place in the Pacific Division and will also look to recover from a 109-105 loss in New Orleans on Sunday. They face Golden State in Oakland on Wednesday night before heading back to L.A for their Thursday night match against the Blazers. So let’s get on the NBA betting action and analyze which of these two teams have the best chance to win this match.

Portland Blazers vs LA Clippers NBA Odds Analysis

When: Thursday, March 24, 2016, 10:30 PM ET
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
TV: CSNW, PT
Radio: Blue Devils IMG Sports Network
Live Stream: March Madness Live
NBA Odds: Clippers -5

 

Why should you bet on the LA Clippers?

 

The Clippers have an offense that can keep up with any opposition in the NBA right now. If they decide to play some defense against Portland, they should be all right. DeAndre Jordan has been largely invisible in the past few games for L.A., but if he stands tall in the middle, the Trail Blazers do not have a big man who can answer him. Doc Rivers has the coaching chops to help his squad figure out this problem — he had a similar issue to help the Celtics play stouter defense, and he led them to an NBA title.

 

Why should you put your money on Portland Trailblazers?

 

The Clippers are having a crisis on the defensive end of the floor these days. They are getting plenty of scoring; Chris Paul and J.J. Redick posted 24 points apiece in the loss to the Pelicans, and Paul distributed 13 assists. However, their loss to New Orleans followed a similar loss to Memphis — games in which the Clippers had plenty of points but could not get key stops down the stretch, as opponents such as Jrue Holiday keep driving to the hoop through a soft interior defense. Portland should be able to take advantage of that if they are not fatigued by their Wednesday tilt with Dallas.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the Clippers to right the ship and knock off the Trail Blazers when they come to town. I’m picking the Clippers to win, 120-117.