Portland vs Los Angeles NBA Betting Guide
On Wednesday night, the Portland Trail Blazers return to Los Angeles to take on the Clippers in Game 5 of a Western Conference quarterfinal that looked like it might only go five games after the Clippers went up 2-0 but now looks a lot like the seven-game variety after the Trail Blazers brought the series level in Games 3 and 4. The 98-84 whipping that Portland gave L.A. on Monday night left the Clippers with two big injuries, as Blake Griffin suffered more quad trouble and Chris Paul fractured his hand. Find out the updated NBA online betting odds here.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Clippers NBA Betting Guide
When: Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 10:00pm Eastern time
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Radio: Clippers Radio Network
Live Stream: NBA-Stream.com
NBA Odds: TBA
Why should you bet on Portland?
Chris Paul left the game with a hand injury in Game 4, and the Trail Blazers pulled away right off the bat. Some of that should be credited to the Clippers’ shock at losing their floor general (and Doc Rivers is too good of a coach not to come up with a new strategy), but the Clippers lost their ability to contest Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum as effectively. The fact that Al-Farouq Aminu was able to pour in a career best 30 points in this game shows you that the Clippers have started to fracture on defense. Mason Plumlee found enough room inside to grab 14 rebounds.
Why should you put your money on the Clippers?
This is a team that went on their best streak of the season while Blake Griffin was injured, so you can see that they are used to playing around adversity. However, losing both Paul (26.3 ppg and 8.3 apg in Games 1-3) and Griffin (17 points in Game 4) would be huge. Even with Griffin back in the game, the Clippers need to find a new way to move the ball around. Away from his home floor, Lillard may not shoot as well — he was ice cold in Games 1 and 2.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
If Griffin and Paul are both out, I see this as a fairly easy Portland win. With Griffin in but Paul out, I still think Portland can win the guard game, but the outcome would be much closer. Given that Griffin is day-to-day, I’m going to assume he will play — but check for the latest injury reports before posting your bet. I’m predicting (with Griffin on the floor) a 108-105 Portland win in Game 5.