Los Angeles Clippers vs Portland Trail Blazers Predictions, NBA Picks, Betting Tips 8/8/2020
Game: Los Angeles Clippers vs Portland Trail Blazers
Date: Saturday, August 8, 2020
Location: HP Field House in Orlando, Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles -4.5
Carmelo Anthony and the Portland Trail Blazers (32-38, 4th in the Northwest Division) play the Los Angeles Clippers (46-22, 2nd in the Pacific Division) at HP Field House on Saturday. Los Angeles opens this contest as 4.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 234.5.
The Clippers are covering 55.9% of the time, having gone 38-30-0 ATS. Portland is covering 44.8% of the time, going 30-37-3 against the spread.
Key Los Angeles Clippers Injuries
08/06/20 PF Montrezl Harrell Personal is questionable Saturday vs Portland
08/06/20 PG Patrick Beverley Calf is downgraded to doubtful Saturday vs Portland
Key Portland Trail Blazers Injuries
12/06/19 SG Rodney Hood Achilles is out indefinitely
06/28/20 SF Trevor Ariza Personal is out for season
Kawhi Leonard comes into this contest averaging 26.9 points per game while playing 32.3 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 7.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 47% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 89%. Paul George averages 21.4 points per game in 29.5 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.8 assists per contest and 5.7 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 44% for the year while his free throw percentage is 88%.
Carmelo Anthony averages 15.2 points per game while playing 32.6 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 6.3 rebounds per game and has 1.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is at 84%. Damian Lillard averages 29.1 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 37.2 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.4 rebounds per contest and 8.0 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 89%.
Useful Team Statistics
Los Angeles averages 116.2 points per contest this season, which ranks them 4th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 6.6 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team, which has them ranked 11th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 8th in the league. They average 47.7 rebounds per game and 23.7 assists per game, which ranks them 3rd and 21st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 15th with 14.6 per game. The Clippers allow 109.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 12th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 3rd and 4th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 45.4 rebounds a game which ranks 19th and they give up 23.6 assists per contest, which puts them in 8th place in the league. They force 14.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 12th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Portland is 7th in the league with 114.3 points per game this year. They are 14th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is -1.2. They shoot 38% from 3-point range, which is good for 2nd in the NBA. They are 10th in the league in rebounding with 45.4 boards per game, and 30th in assists per contest with 20.6. The Blazers are 26th in turnovers per game with 13.0. The Blazers surrender 115.5 points per contest, which ranks them 26th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 45% shooting percentage and a 38% average from 3-point range, ranking them 10th and 28th in those defensive statistics. They rank 19th with 24.8 assists allowed per contest and 28th with 47.0 rebounds surrendered per game. The Blazers are 3rd in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 12.8 per game.
The Clippers are 2nd in the league in defensive rating with 107.3, and their offensive rating of 113.8 is ranked 5th. They are 8th in the NBA in pace with 101.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 11th. As a unit they are 7th in the league in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shot attempts, ranking 16th in the NBA. Los Angeles is 19th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.2 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 28th in the NBA.
Portland is 28th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.1 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 17th in the league. The Blazers are 5th in the NBA in offensive rating with 113.1, and their defensive rating of 114.3 is ranked 27th. In terms of pace they are 13th in the league with 100.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 13th. As a team they are 13th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shots, ranking 17th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Clippers/Blazers NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Los Angeles -4.5
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