Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Clippers Free NBA Pick, 3–12–2019
Portland Trail Blazers (40–26) vs Los Angeles Clippers (39–29)
Date: March 12, 2019
Game Time: 10:30 pm
NBA Odds: Clippers +2, 231.5
A pair of Western Conference Playoff contenders will take the court on Tuesday night at the Staples Center when the Los Angeles Clippers host the Portland Trail Blazers. The Clippers are heating up at the right time of the season and enter Tuesday’s matchup with a five-game winning streak and currently sit 2.0 games behind the Trail Blazers for the 5th seed in the Western Conference. Tonight, oddsmakers list the Clippers +2 at home where the LAC are 20–12 SU.
All-Star point guard Damian Lillard recorded his fifth career 50-point outing when he scored 51 against Oklahoma City on Friday. Lillard has averaged 31.3 ppg in three meetings against the Clippers this season. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 113.9 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 110.6 points. Portland is 2–2 SU their last 4 games and 1–3 ATS. The Trail Blazers are 6–1 ATS in their last 7 road games.
The Clippers may not have anticipated winning this many games after trading some key pieces of their lineup at the trade deadline. However, the Clippers have won 5 straight games and 8 of their last 10 games overall. The Clippers hold onto the 6th spot in the Western Conference Playoffs but only 1.0 game separates the Clippers from 8th seeded, Utah Jazz. The Clippers have been led by Sixth Man Lou Williams who scored 34 points against Boston and became the all-time leading bench scorer (11,154) in NBA history on Monday. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 114.2 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 113.4 points on defense. Lou Williams is averaging 20.2 points and 5.4 assists while Danilo Gallinari is averaging 19.2 points and six rebounds to lead the Clippers. The Clippers are 5–0 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Portland has won 5 of their last 6 meetings vs the Clippers but Los Angeles enters Tuesday’s matchup on a heater. The Clippers should see plenty of opportunities for offensive success against a Trail Blazers team that has given up 120-plus points in back-to-back games. Portland has received help from players such as Enes Kanter and Rodney Hood which make this a deeper team. However, the Trail Blazers have played much better at Home (25–9) vs Away (15–17). The Clippers seem like a team on a mission to prove they can make the playoffs without a marquee name. I’m not one to fade a hot team such as the Clippers and I’ll take the free bucket and back the Los Angeles Clippers (+2) at home.