Los Angeles Clippers vs Portland Blazers Prediction, 4/20/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Clippers vs Portland Blazers
Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-2.5)
The Portland Blazers (32-24) play the Los Angeles Clippers (40-19) at Moda Center on Tuesday. Los Angeles opens this matchup as 2.5-point favorites. The total opens at 229.
The Los Angeles Clippers played the Minnesota Timberwolves and notched a win by a score of 124-105 in their last contest. Los Angeles ended the contest with a 50.6% field goal percentage (45 out of 89) and knocked down 21 of their 42 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the free throw line, the Clippers converted 13 of their 17 shots for a rate of 76.5%. In terms of grabbing boards, they collected 48 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 31 assists for the contest while forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and getting 6 steals. Pertaining to the defense, Los Angeles allowed the other team to go 40.9% from the floor on 36 of 88 shooting. Minnesota recorded 27 assists and had 6 steals for the game. Moreover, Minnesota grabbed 37 rebounds (6 offensive, 31 defensive) and added 3 blocks. Minnesota went 76.2% at the charity stripe by knocking down 16 of their 21 shots. They also buried 17 of 45 tries from distance.
Paul George is a player who played a role for the matchup. He was able to score 23 points on 9 out of 17 shooting. He played 26:52 minutes played and also totaled 7 rebounds. George finished the contest at 52.9% from the field and distributed 5 assists. One more player that came through in the game for the Clippers was Marcus Morris. He pulled down 6 rebounds in 25:33 min played on the night. He finished the contest at 58.3% from the field for the contest via 7-of-12 (19 points). Overall, Morris had no assists.
Los Angeles enters this game with a win-loss mark of 40-19 this year. The Clippers are hitting 42.1% on shots from distance (857 of 2,034) and 83.7% from the charity stripe. They average 115.0 points per contest (5th in the NBA) while connecting on 48.5% from the floor. They are giving up possession 13.0 times per game and as a squad they are committing 19.7 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Los Angeles is snagging 44.2 boards per game and has tallied 1,443 dimes on the year, which has them ranked 13th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. Defensively, the Clippers are forcing their opponents into 13.0 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 18.0 fouls. They are currently ranked 6th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,345 conceded so far this season. The Clippers defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 46.5% (766 of 1,064) and they relinquish 41.0 boards per game as a team. They surrender 35.8% on three-point shots and they are 6th in basketball in points per game allowed (108.1).
For their last game, the Portland Blazers took a defeat with a final score of 109-101 against the Charlotte Hornets. The Blazers corralled 34 defensive boards and 13 offensive boards for a total of 47 for this contest. They turned the ball over 8 times, while getting 7 steals for the contest. The Hornets committed 25 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Blazers to the charity stripe for a total of 28 tries. They were able to convert 19 of those for a rate of 67.9%. In relation to 3-point shots, Portland knocked down 10 of 36 tries (27.8%). When all was said and done, the Blazers ended up shooting 36 for 91 from the floor which had them sitting at 39.6%. The Blazers permitted the Hornets to knock down 39 of their 83 attempts from the field which had them shooting 47.0% in this contest. They finished 41.9% from behind the 3-point line by connecting on 18 out of 43 and ended up going 13 of 17 at the free throw line (76.5%). Regarding rebounding, Portland permitted Charlotte to pull down 46 in all (7 on the offensive glass).
CJ McCollum ended up being important for the Blazers in the matchup. He knocked down 8 of 22 for the contest for a field goal percentage of 36.4%, and earned 6 rebounds. McCollum tallied 22 points in his 39:55 minutes of playing time and had 6 dimes in the game. One more player that ended being a contributor for Portland was Norman Powell. He walked away with 2 dimes in his 39:03 minutes on the court, and he shot 6 out of 16 from the floor. Powell ended the game having shot 37.5% from the field while earning 17 points and 3 rebounds.
Portland has a win-loss mark of 32-24 this year. In terms of offensive execution, the Blazers are connecting on 44.6% from the field, which ranks 26th in basketball. Portland has 6,403 points for the year (114.3 per game) and they grab 43.9 boards per contest. Their rate of earning assists is at 20.5 times per contest (30th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 11.4 times per game. The Blazers commit 19.2 personal fouls every game and they hit 82.4% from the free throw line. The Blazers on the defensive end are ranked 25th in the league in points per game surrendered with 114.7. They are forcing 12.7 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.8% from the field (27th in the NBA). The Portland defense concedes 37.3% on shots from behind the 3-point line (722 of 1,936) and their opponents are making 77.4% of their free throw shots. They have relinquished 25.2 assists and 45.7 total boards per game, which ranks them 21st and 21st in the league.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Portland (+2.5) and over 229 points
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