The Los Angeles Clippers take on the Portland Trailblazers in a Western Conference matchup. Los Angeles is 12-12 straight up and 10-14 against the spread. The Clippers are on a downhill slide and have lost 4 of their last 5 games. This is their last game of a 3 game road trip before they head home to play Boston. They will look to get a win in this one and get back on track.
The Trailblazers are 11-13 straight up and 9-14-1 against the spread. Portland is also on a losing skid and have lost 5 of their last 6 games. This is the last game in a 4 game home stand before they take on the Warriors on the road. They need a win in this one to build some momentum before playing one of the best teams in the Western Conference.
Losing StreakThe Clippers are 3-7 in their last 10 games. They have not been winning games despite havingPaul Georgewho is averaging 25.1 points per game, the 10th best in the league. They are still withoutKawhi LeonardandJason Preston, and also haveNicolas Batumlisted as a game-time decision for this matchup. They have some tough games coming up and it is still unknown when Leonard will be back, so they need to figure out how to win and at least get in the playoffs and hope for Leonard's return.
Despite the Clipper's recent struggles, they are still 5th in the Western Conference. They have been playing decent basketball and are 25th in offensive rating, 4th in defensive rating, and 16th in true shooting percentage. Their offense is struggling despite George’s best efforts. They will need to correct this and start winning games again if they want to remain a top seed in the Western Conference.
Injury BugThe Trailblazers have been withoutDamian Lillardsince November 29th and it has been showing. They have lost 2 of their last 3 without him and 5 of their last 6 overall. They also haveAnfernee SimonsandNassir Littlelisted as out andCJ McCollumlisted as questionable. Lillard and McCollum are the Trailblazers' 2 leading scorers and without them, they are going to have a hard time winning games, specifically this one against the 4th best defense in the league.
The Trailblazers average good statistics but Lillard and McCollum make up most of those stats. Lillard averages 21.5 points, 7.8 assists, 4 rebounds, and is shooting close to 40% from the field. McCollum averages 20.6 points, 4.5 assists, 4.1 rebounds, 1.1 steals and is shooting 42.3% from the field. McCollum still could play in this one and they will need him if they want any chance of winning this game.
- Trail Blazers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home.
- Under is 4-1 in Trail Blazers last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- LA Clippers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games against Portland.
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Clippers' last 7 games when playing on the road against Portland