Thursday, March 24, 2016
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The Portland Trail Blazers travel to Staples Center to play the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, March 24, 2016. The opening line for this game has Los Angeles as 5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 213.
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The Trail Blazers come into this game with an overall record of 36-35 and a road record of 15-23. They are 2nd in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of 0.4 as they are averaging 104.5 points per game while giving up 104.1 per contest. Portland is 9-4 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 24-20. They are 3-7 in their last 10 games. The Clippers have an overall record of 43-26 and a home record of 22-12. They currently are 2nd in the Pacific Division. They are averaging 104.6 points per game and surrendering 101.1, good for a point differential of 3.5. Los Angeles has a division record of 7-5 and a conference record of 23-18. In their last 10 games they are 4-6.
Damian Lillard comes into this contest averaging 25.8 points per game while playing 36 minutes per night so far this season for the Trail Blazers. He pulls down 4.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is currently at 89%. C.J. McCollum averages 20.9 points per game in 34.9 minutes per contest this season. He averages 4.2 assists per contest and 3.4 rebounds per game for Portland. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 83%.
Chris Paul averages 20 points per game while playing 33.3 minutes per contest this year for the Clippers. He grabs 4.1 rebounds per game and has 9.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage currently is at 89%. J.J. Redick averages 16.8 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 28.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 1.7 rebounds per contest and 1.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage is 89%.
Portland averages 104.5 points per contest this season which ranks them 7th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 0.4 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 15th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 4th in the league. They average 54 rebounds per game and 21.2 assists per game which ranks them 4th and 20th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 17th with 14.5 per game. The Trail Blazers allow 104.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 20th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 18th and 27th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 52.1 rebounds a game which ranks 15th and they give up 21.6 assists per contest which puts them in 12th place in the league. They force 12.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 26th in the league.
Los Angeles averages 104.6 points per game this year which ranks them 6th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 3.5 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them sitting in the 7th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 6th in the NBA. They average 50.8 rebounds per game and 22.6 assists per contest which ranks them 21st and 12th respectively. In the turnover department the Clippers rank 3rd with 13 per game. The Clippers allow 101.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 10th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 7th and 11th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 55.3 rebounds a game which ranks 28th and they give up 21.6 assists per contest which puts them in 10th place in the league. The Clippers force 15.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 9th in the NBA.
The Trail Blazers average 101.9 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 115.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -3.9 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -5 per contest. The Trail Blazers have an offensive rating of 108.6 and a defensive rating of 108.2. In terms of pace they average 95.6 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 51%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 55% and they shoot 3 pointers on 33% of their shots. Portland turns the ball over an average of 13.2 times per 100 possessions and they force 11.9 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%.
The Clippers score 104.6 ppg at home and they have averaged 109.7 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of 0.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 5.3 points per game. The Clippers rating on offense is 108.1 and they have a defensive rating of 104.4. They get 96.1 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 52%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 56% and they attempt 3 pointers on 33% of their shot attempts. Los Angeles turns the ball over on 12.1 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 13.9 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 49%.
Portland Trail Blazers Betting Trends
The Portland Trail Blazers are 40-31-0 against the spread
The Portland Trail Blazers are 41-29-1 against the over/under
Los Angeles Clippers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Clippers are 32-33-4 against the spread
The Los Angeles Clippers are 29-37-3 against the over/under
Portland Trail Blazers Injuries
03/23/16 F Allen Crabbe Illness probable Wednesday vs. Dallas
03/17/16 C Meyers Leonard Shoulder out indefinitely
Los Angeles Clippers Injuries
03/22/16 F Jeff Green Concussion is upgraded to probable Wednesday vs. Golden State
03/14/16 F Branden Dawson Legal problems out indefinitely
01/12/16 F Blake Griffin Hand out indefinitely
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