Wednesday, April 20, 2016
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The Portland Trail Blazers travel to Staples Center to play the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. The Clippers lead the series 1-0. The opening line for this game has Los Angeles as 3.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 206.
The Trail Blazers had a regular season record of 44-38 and a road record of 16-25. They were 2nd in the Northwest Division. They had a point differential of 0.8 as they averaged 105.1 points per game while giving up 104.3 per contest. Portland was 11-5 against division opponents and they had a conference record of 29-23. The Clippers had a regular season record of 53-29 and a home record of 29-12. They were 2nd in the Pacific Division. They averaged 104.5 points per game and surrendered 100.2, good for a point differential of 4.3. Los Angeles had a division record of 9-7 and a conference record of 31-21.
Damian Lillard comes into this contest after averaging 25.1 points per game while playing 35.7 minutes per night this season for the Trail Blazers. He pulled down 4 rebounds per game and dished out 6.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage was 42% while his free throw percentage was at 89%. C.J. McCollum averaged 20.8 points per game in 34.8 minutes per contest this season. He averaged 4.3 assists per contest and 3.2 rebounds per game for Portland. His field goal percentage was 45% for the year while his free throw percentage was 83%.
Chris Paul averaged 19.5 points per game while playing 32.7 minutes per contest this year for the Clippers. He grabbed 4.2 rebounds per game and had 10 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage was 46% and his free throw percentage was at 90%. Blake Griffin averaged 21.4 points per game this season and he saw the court an average of 33.4 minutes per contest. He also averaged 8.4 rebounds per contest and 4.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage was 50% and his free throw percentage was 73%.
Portland averaged 105 points per contest this season which ranked them 6th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin was 0.6 and their shooting percentage was 45% as a team which had them ranked 17th. Behind the arc they shot 37% which was good for 4th in the league. They averaged 53.7 rebounds per game and 21.3 assists per game which ranked them 5th and 21st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they ranked 17th with 14.6 per game. The Trail Blazers allowed 104.4 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 20th 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 categories. Opponents averaged 52.5 rebounds a game which ranked 17th and they gave up 21.6 assists per contest which put them in 12th place in the league. They forced 13.2 turnovers per game which ranked them 25th in the league.
Los Angeles averaged 104.6 points per game this year which ranked them 7th in the league. Their average scoring margin was 4.5 and their shooting percentage was 47% as a team which had them sitting in the 6th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shot 36% which was good for 6th in the NBA. They averaged 50.9 rebounds per game and 22.8 assists per contest which ranked them 19th and 10th respectively. In the turnover department the Clippers ranked 3rd with 12.9 per game. The Clippers allowed 100.2 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 7th in the league. They also allowed a 43% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 2nd and 6th in those defensive statistics. Opponents averaged 55.4 rebounds a game which ranked 28th and they gave up 21.2 assists per contest which put them in 7th place in the league. The Clippers forced 15.3 turnovers per game which ranked them 9th in the NBA.
The Trail Blazers averaged 102.1 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 102.3 ppg in their past 3 contests. They had an average scoring differential of -4.4 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -4.3 per contest. The Trail Blazers had an offensive rating of 108.8 and a defensive rating of 108. In terms of pace they averaged 96 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage was 51%. As a team they had a true shooting percentage of 55% and they shot 3 pointers on 33% of their shots. Portland turned the ball over an average of 13.2 times per 100 possessions and they forced 12.1 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season was 50%.
The Clippers scored 105 ppg at home and they have averaged 110 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of 12.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they had a difference of 7.2 points per game. The Clippers rating on offense was 108.3 and they had a defensive rating of 103.8. They had 95.8 possessions per 48 minutes and they had an effective field goal percentage of 52%. As a unit they had a true shooting percentage of 56% and they attempted 3 pointers on 32% of their shot attempts. Los Angeles turned the ball over on 12.1 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents averaged 13.8 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year was 48%.
Portland Trail Blazers Betting Trends
The Portland Trail Blazers were 44-38-0 against the spread
The Portland Trail Blazers were 44-37-1 against the over/under
Los Angeles Clippers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Clippers were 40-38-4 against the spread
The Los Angeles Clippers were 33-46-3 against the over/under
Portland Trail Blazers Injuries
03/25/16 C Meyers Leonard Shoulder out for season
Los Angeles Clippers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Guy's Pick: Take Portland
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