The Other I-5 Series Heats Up
The Los Angeles Clippers make the short trip north to take on the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night. The Clippers come into this game off of a win against the Pacers and having won three of their last five games. The Blazers are back at Moda Center after a four-game East Coast road trip in which they struggled to get wins. They went 1-3 in those four games with losses to the Bucks, Cavs and Nets.
Their only win in that period came against the New York Knicks. The Clippers vs Blazers betting odds opened with Portland as the two-point favorite and has since moved to -3.5 in favor of the home team. The Blazers are -170 on the Moneyline while a straight-up win for the Clippers would pay out at +140. The total for this game opened at 217 but has moved down drastically to 211.5 as injuries started to get announced for both teams.
Los Angeles Clippers (12-9) at Portland Trail Blazers (11-9)
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Location: Moda Center
Missing Stars – More Trouble for Clippers Than Blazers
Both the Clippers and Trail Blazers will be without their biggest stars in this NBA matchup, which is reflected in the Clippers vs Blazers betting odds. Damian Lillard is still sidelined with an injury and will continue to miss time going forward. The Clippers are without Paul George and Luke Kennard, while Kawhi Leonard is listed as questionable.
If Leonard does indeed play, this NBA betting lines will likely move in favor of Los Angeles, so if you like the Clippers to cover, it’s worth jumping on it now.
Without one of the NBA scoring leaders in Lillard, Portland is going to have to continue relying heavily on the play of Anfernee Simons who is averaging 23 points per game and shooting 42% from the field. That also means the Clippers are going to have to know where he is at all times on the floor. However, that’s very doable for Los Angeles who has a strong perimeter defense.
Los Angeles knocked down six threes, going 6-32 from deep for 18.8%.
Clippers Looking to Step Up Performance from Downtown
We could also see a little offensive regression for the Clippers. And in a good way. In their last outing, Los Angeles knocked down six threes, going 6-32 from deep for 18.8%. We don’t expect that to be the case again on Tuesday night, especially from a team that’s been relatively good from beyond the arc this season.
If you want to play on the Clippers vs Blazers betting odds but don’t want to take the full game spread, taking Los Angeles to cover in the first quarter could be something to look at.
The Blazers are returning from an East Coast road trip after four games. That means they’re having to cross three different time zones when returning. This could lead to a slow, sluggish start for the home team as they settle back into play on their home court.Follow us on Twitter