In this all-Western showdown, the 3rd and 9th best squads of the conference are clashing, when the Los Angeles Clippers (37-31), who want to end a losing streak and return back into the top-8, are hosting the red-hot Portland Trail Blazers (43-26), who want to extend the longest active winning streak in the West.
Date/Time: 03-18-2018, 21:30 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Clippers -2.5
Los Angeles are 37-31 (37-30-1 against the spread) so far in the league and currently sit in the 9th place of the West. They have two straight losses and in their latest matchup they got defeated against Oklahoma City on the road with a 113-121 score. Lou Williams leads the team in scoring with 22.9 ppg, adding a team-best 5.4 dimes per game. Tobias Harris follows with 20.6 ppg and 6.9 boards, while Danilo Gallinari adds 15.9 ppg.
Top Basketball BookmakersPortland are 43-26 (38-26-5 against the spread) so far in the league and are sitting in the 3rd place of the West. They have won their last 12 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Detroit at home with a 100-87 score. Damian Lillard leads the team in scoring with 26.8 ppg, adding 4.5 boards and a team-best 6.6 dimes per game. CJ McCollum follows with 21.7 ppg, while Jusuf Nurkic adds 14.1 ppg and a team-best 8.5 boards per game.
Each team has been victorious on the road in their two previous matchups this season (Portland by 8 points and Los Angeles by one). Los Angeles have a 20-14 home record this season, while Portland are 18-15 on the road. Los Angeles have a better offense with 109.3 ppg to Portland’s 105.8, while Portland have a better defense, allowing 102.9 ppg to Los Angeles’ 108.1. Los Angeles have a better accuracy from the field with 47.06% to Portland’s 45.21%, while Portland have a better accuracy from behind the arc with 37.81% to Los Angeles’ 35.08%. Portland grab more rebounds, with 45.4 to Los Angeles’ 44.1, while Los Angeles dish more assists, with 22.3 to Portland’s league-low of 19.3. Clippers have been slumping lately which have cost them a spot in the upcoming playoffs, while Blazers are coming in red-hot and expect them to get away with the road victory tonight.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers +2.5 (-110)