The Los Angeles Clippers (33-18) added two potentially game-changing players to the mix, by acquiring PG Rajon Rondo and C DeMarcus Cousins. Both former All-Stars were scooped up by Los Angeles before the trade deadline. Cousins is expected to make his Clippers’ debut on April 6 vs the Portland Trail Blazers (30-19).
These savvy moves bolster an already lethal Los Angeles lineup, and we can expect Portland to have serious trouble here. Current NBA betting odds for this matchup project the Clippers as two-possession home favorites vs the Trail Blazers. Portland has won five-out-of-six, but the competition has been of questionable quality.
L.A. has been victorious in seven of its previous nine contests and has a better record than Portland, both ATS and SU. The Clippers also rank in the top-10 for both total offense and defense. Although the Trail Blazers have a slightly better offense, their defense is quite abysmal. Remember to visit our online sportsbook to view the hottest sports betting trends and to place your wagers.
Portland Trail Blazers at L.A. Clippers
Tuesday, April 6 at 10:00 p.m. ET on NBA League Pass
Staples Center- Los Angeles, CA
NBA Betting Vitals
Point Spread: Trail Blazers +6 , Clippers -6
Money Line: Trail Blazers +195, Clippers -235
Total Points: 229½
Clips Crushed Blazers in First Head-to-Head Battle
When Portland visited L.A. earlier this season, the Clips crushed the insurgents 128-105. Granted, both Patrick Beverly and Serge Ibaka played for Los Angeles in that Dec 30 game, but Rondo and Cousins should fill in for the injured players nicely. The Clippers dominated the Trail Blazers right out of the starting gate, building a massive 76-57 halftime lead, never relenting.
L.A. won every single quarter and kept its boot on Portland’s proverbial throat all game. Blazers’ stars Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum combined to score 45 points, but the Clips’ Kawhi Leonard and Paul George outshined them, scoring 51 total points. George narrowly missed recording a triple-double, coming up just three assists shy.
Trail Blazers at Clippers: Betting Forecast
The Trail Blazers have lost the last four head-to-head meetings they’ve had with the Clippers, and that trend should continue. Recent victories over the crosstown Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks are molding the Clips into postseason form. The Blazers have a strong away record (15-9), but the Clippers are even better at home (18-8).
L.A.’s moneyline is a little steep, but still worth playing at -235. A $60 wager wins you $25.53 when the Clips beat the Blazers straight up. Taking the Clippers against the spread here is also a solid bet, as is the over. L.A. is 5-1 ATS in its previous six games following an ATS win or a SU win.
The Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games vs a team with a winning straight up record. The over has hit in all four of Portland’s most recent road games and is 4-1 in L.A.’s last five games playing on 1 day of rest. The Clips’ D may suffer slightly as the new recruits figure out exactly where they fit in, and this should be a bit of a slugfest.
Final Score Prediction: Clippers 124, Trail Blazers 114