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Healthy Clippers Take Aim at Lillard's Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers surprised the NBA world last spring by simply making the postseason, and a first-round victory over the wounded Los Angeles Clippers was even more shocking. A healthy Clippers squad will be out for revenge in Thursday’s season-opening tilt against Damian Lillard and the Blazers in Oregon.

Shark Bites
  • The visiting team is 1-6 SU in its last seven games in this matchup.
  • The total has gone OVER in six of the Clippers' last eight games in October.
  • The Trail Blazers are 14-2 SU in their last 16 games at home.

Oddsmakers initially set the Blazers as 1.5-point dogs with an OVER/UNDER of 208.5.

Lillard said before the season that he expected to be in the MVP discussion, and he backed up the talk in a 39-point performance during Portland’s 113-104 win over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday. The Trail Blazers went 13 of 19 from 3-point range and 22 of 22 from the free-throw line while shooting 52 percent from the field.

Health was a major issue for the Clippers a year ago, and Doc Rivers decided to increase his team’s depth by signing backups Marreese Speights, Brandon Bass and Raymond Felton in free agency. The Clips drafted North Carolina forward Brice Johnson to support longtime stalwart Blake Griffin in Griffin’s contract year.

Clips bettors, take note: future Hall of Famer Paul Pierce is not expected to play in the contest due to an ankle injury.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Portland Trail Blazers installed as 1.5-point underdogs in this particular NBA matchup. The over-under betting line for the total number of point scored was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 208.5.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 108-105 result in favor of the Clippers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Los Angeles Clippers vs Portland Trail Blazers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Los Angeles Clippers have seen them go 0-0 and 0-0 ATS so far this NBA season, while the Portland Trail Blazers are at 1-0 and 1-0 ATS. In Over/Under totals betting, the Trail Blazers are 1-0, while the Los Angeles Clippers are 36-50-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Portland vs Los Angeles injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams with the Portland Trail Blazers rated this week at No. 13 and the Los Angeles Clippers sitting at No. 15.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Clippers got a terrific 32-point performance from Jamal Crawford but Portland handed them a 106-103 defeat on Friday at Moda Center.

Damian Lillard went off for 39 points and added 9 rebounds leading Portland to a 113-104 win over Utah on Tuesday at Moda Center.

Betting Trends
  • LA Clippers is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games
  • LA Clippers is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 13 of LA Clippers's last 19 games
  • LA Clippers is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Portland is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Portland's last 8 games
  • Portland is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Portland is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles home to Utah, Sunday, October 30th
Portland at Denver, Saturday, October 29th

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