The Portland Trail Blazers (6-15) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Clippers (11-10) on Monday, December 11th. This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena in Crypto.com Arena and televised on BSSC. The Clippers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Trail Blazers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Jazz. Tip-off is set for 10:30 ET.
Trail Blazers vs Clippers
The Trail Blazers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Portland’s most recently played the Mavericks and lost with a final score of 125-112. The Trail Blazers turned the game around and came out on top, despite being in a trailing position at halftime with 71-60.
In their previous games, the Trail Blazers are 6-15 and will need to bring their A-game if they want to come out on top. As underdogs, they are +13 in today’s matchup. When playing on the road, the Trail Blazers have a 4-9 record compared to a 2-6 record at home.
Portland arrives with an ATS record of 10-11 for the season up to this point. On the road, the Trail Blazers have an ATS record of 8-5, as opposed to a 2-6 record against the spread when playing at home.
The Clippers Are Coming Off A Win
The Clippers won vs. the Jazz in their most recent game, ending with a score of 117-103. the Clippers not only secured a victory straight-up but also did so while covering the spread as -7.5-point favorites. In terms of the over/under, the combined 220 points was below the over/under line of 225.5.
As the Clippers get ready for today’s game, they are looking to add to their three game win streak. Overall, the Clippers are 11-10 and currently hold the 9th spot in the Western Conference. Within the Pacific division, they are in 4th place.
Los Angeles comes in with an overall ATS record of 9-12 so far this season. This season, Los Angeles has a 8-8 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 1-4 as underdogs.
Trail Blazers Offense Breakdown
Through 21 games the Trail Blazers are averaging 105.5 points per contest, placing them 30th in the NBA. So far, the Trail Blazers are averaging 98.5 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. If the Trail Blazers offense is going to turn things around, they will need to either generate more possessions or improve their overall efficiency. Currently, they are just 26th ranked team in 3-point shooting percentage.
Clippers Offense Breakdown
Through 21 games the Clippers are averaging 113 points per contest, placing them 18th in the NBA. So far, the Clippers are averaging 97.9 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Right now, the Clippers offense is in search of answers, as not only do they tend to play at a slow pace, but they are just 19th in effective field goal percentage.
Trail Blazers Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Trail Blazers’ defense is giving up an average of 112.4 points per contest.
Portland’s defense is currently forcing 15.2 turnovers per game, which is 26th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 21st in blocked shots, with an average of 4.6 rejections per game.
Clippers Team Defense
At present, the Clippers’ defense is ranked 5th, allowing 109.0 points per game.
In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Clippers defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 52.1% while allowing 34.5% from downtown.
Key Players For The Trail Blazers And Clippers
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Anfernee Simons is set to be the main scorer for the Trail Blazers, recording 16 points and shooting 6/11 from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 25.3 points per game, along with 2.7 rebounds.
As for Los Angeles, Kawhi Leonard is projected to be the primary scorer for the Clippers. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 18, and adding 5 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 48.8%, and his scoring average is 22.5 points per game.
Trail Blazers vs Clippers Trends
- When looking at their past three road matchups, Portland has an ATS record of 2-1 while averaging 107 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.
- Across the Clippers last ten home games, the team averaged 114 points per game while allowing 113. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 4-6, while going 4-6 straight-up.
- Spanning across their last five games as the betting underdog, the Trail Blazers have gone 3-2 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 2-3.
- The Clippers have played well in their last five games as the betting favorite, going 4-1 straight up and 3-2 against the spread.
For a pick on the point-spread in this Clippers vs. Trail Blazers matchup, our bet is to grab the Trail Blazers at +13. Even though our projections have the Clippers winning 109-99, we see the Trail Blazers as the play on the point-spread.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 220, and our model projects the Trail Blazers and Clippers to reach a combined total of 208 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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