Thursday, October 27, 2016
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The Los Angeles Clippers travel to Moda Center to play the Portland Blazers on Thursday, October 27, 2016. The opening line for this game has Los Angeles as 1.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 208.5.
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The Clippers had an overall record of 53-29 and a road record of 24-17 last season. They were 2nd in the Pacific Division. They had a point differential of 4.3 as they averaged 104.5 points per game while giving up 100.2 per contest. Los Angeles was 9-7 against division opponents and they had a conference record of 31-21. They were 8-2 in their last 10 games. The Blazers had an overall record of 44-38 and a home record of 28-13 last year. They were 2nd in the Northwest Division. They averaged 105.1 points per game and surrendered 104.3, good for a point differential of 0.8. Portland had a division record of 11-5 and a conference record of 29-23. In their last 10 games they were 7-3.
Chris Paul averaged 19.5 points per game while playing 32.7 minutes per night last season for the Clippers. He pulled down 4.2 rebounds per game and dished out 10 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage was 46% while his free throw percentage finished at 90%. Blake Griffin averaged 21.4 points per game in 33.4 minutes per contest last season. He averaged 4.9 assists per contest and 8.4 rebounds per game for Los Angeles. His field goal percentage was 50% for the year while his free throw percentage was 73%.
Damian Lillard averaged 25.1 points per game while playing 35.7 minutes per contest last year for the Blazers. He grabbed 4 rebounds per game and had 6.8 assists per contest for the year. His field goal percentage was 42% and his free throw percentage finished at 89%. C.J. McCollum averaged 20.8 points per game last season and he saw the court an average of 34.8 minutes per contest. He also averaged 3.2 rebounds per contest and 4.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage was 45% and his free throw percentage was 83%.
Los Angeles averaged 104.1 points per contest last season which ranked them 8th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin was 4.1 and their shooting percentage was 46% as a team which had them ranked 8th. Behind the arc they shot 36% which was good for 6th in the league. They averaged 51.3 rebounds per game and 22.5 assists per game which ranked them 19th and 12th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they ranked 3rd with 12.7 per game. The Clippers allowed 100 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 8th in the league. They also allowed a 43% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 2nd and 5th in those defensive categories. Opponents averaged 55.8 rebounds a game which ranked 29th and they gave up 21.2 assists per contest which put them in 8th place in the league. They forced 15.2 turnovers per game which ranked them 9th in the league.
Portland averaged 105.1 points per game last year which ranked them 5th in the league. Their average scoring margin was 0.4 and their shooting percentage was 45% as a team which had them sitting in the 18th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shot 37% which was good for 4th in the NBA. They averaged 54.3 rebounds per game and 21.3 assists per contest which ranked them 4th and 20th respectively. In the turnover department the Blazers ranked 16th with 14.5 per game. The Blazers allowed 104.7 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 21st in the league. They also allowed a 45% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 16th and 26th in those defensive statistics. Opponents averaged 52.8 rebounds a game which ranked 20th and they gave up 21.6 assists per contest which put them in 12th place in the league. The Blazers forced 13 turnovers per game which ranked them 25th in the NBA.
The Clippers averaged 103.3 points per game on the road last season and they scored 95 ppg in their past 3 contests. They had an average scoring differential of 1 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference was -9 per contest. The Clippers had an offensive rating of 108.3 and a defensive rating of 103.8 last season. In terms of pace they averaged 95.8 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage was 52%. As a team they had a true shooting percentage of 56% and they shot 3 pointers on 32% of their shots. Los Angeles turned the ball over an average of 12.1 times per 100 possessions and they forced 13.8 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season was 48%.
The Blazers scored 108.2 ppg at home and they averaged 122 points per contest in their last 3 games. They had an average scoring differential of 0.3 in their past 3 contests and at home last season they had a difference of 5.7 points per game. The Blazers rating on offense was 108.8 and they had a defensive rating of 108. They got 96 possessions per 48 minutes and they had an effective field goal percentage of 51%. As a unit they had a true shooting percentage of 55% and they attempted 3 pointers on 33% of their shot attempts. Portland turned the ball over on 13.2 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents averaged 12.1 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year was 50%.
Los Angeles Clippers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Clippers were 40-38-4 against the spread last year
The Los Angeles Clippers were 33-46-3 against the over/under last year
Portland Blazers Betting Trends
The Portland Blazers were 44-38-0 against the spread last year
The Portland Blazers were 44-37-1 against the over/under last year
Los Angeles Clippers Injuries
10/25/16 F Brice Johnson Back out indefinitely
10/22/16 F Paul Pierce Ankle expected to miss Thursday vs. LA Clippers
Portland Blazers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Josh's Pick: Take Portland
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