When and where: March 12, 2019, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA, 10:30 PM ET
The Portland Trail Blazers hope to continue on the winning track on Tuesday when they go on the road to take on the Los Angeles Clippers. After losing back-to-back games to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies, the Trail Blazers bounced back with a win over the Phoenix Suns. Meanwhile, the Clippers knocked off the Boston Celtics on Monday for their fifth-straight win.
Trail Blazers hold off the feisty Suns
The Suns’ recent hot streak nearly burned the Trail Blazers at the Moda Center on Saturday. The Trail Blazers were fortunate enough to respond with a little fire of their own with star guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. There was also reserve guard Seth Curry, who looked like his brother Steph Curry at times on the floor.
The Trail Blazers shot 13-of-29 from 3-pointer on a night where the team combined for a 50.0 shooting percentage. Even after getting buried in the second quarter, the Suns fought back valiantly to try and steal the game late in the fourth, but the Trail Blazers were always there on the offensive end of the floor ready to deny them the comeback.
Lillard finished the game with 18 points, two rebounds and nine assists, while McCollum netted a team-high 26 points, three rebounds and four assists. Curry scored 22 points and came away with two rebounds in the 127-120 victory.
Clippers end the Celtics’ run
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith’s recent statement about the Los Angeles Lakers becoming the New York Mets and the Clippers becoming the New York Yankees was spot on. There are no All-Stars on the Clippers’ roster, much less a LeBron James, and they are still the No. 8-ranked team in the Western Conference.
Meanwhile, the Lakers have fallen to No. 11 with their playoff hopes in the dumps.
The Clippers continued to prove their dark-horse capabilities on Monday night by putting an end to the Celtics’ three-game win streak. They essentially knocked off a Celtics team that had garnered plenty of confidence from consecutive wins over the Lakers, Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings.
The Clippers were lights out from floor, finishing with a ridiculous 60.9 field goal shooting percentage, including going 13-of-28 from 3-pointer. Star guard Lou Williams netted a team-high 34 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Danilo Gallinari contributed 25 points, five rebounds and two assists in the 140-115 victory.
- Clippers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games
- Clippers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games
- Clippers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against teams in the Western Conference
- Clippers are 8-17 ATS in their last 25 games against teams in the NBA Northwest
- Trail Blazers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest
- Trail Blazers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against teams in the Western Conference
- Trail Blazers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday game