NBA-Los Angeles Clippers Vs Portland Trail Blazers Game 6 Odds & Free Picks

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Updated: April 28, 2016

 

NBA Betting: Clippers at Trail Blazers Game 6 Odds

Written by Mike Rose of North Shore Sports, INC

Game 6 between the Los AngelesClippers and PortlandTrail Blazers will take place Friday, April 29, 2016, at the Moda Center. The contest will be broadcast nationally on TNT.

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Like many of the other series so far this postseason, home court advantage was of the utmost importance through the first four games. However, the Trail Blazers got a big win in Game 5 against a Clippers team that is now without its two best players. Can the Trail Blazers take advantage and close the series out in Portland on Friday night?

INJURIES

Game 4 went the worst possible way for the Clippers. Chris Paul broke his hand late in the game and he is expected to miss the rest of the postseason as a result. CP3 had scored at least 25 points in the first three games of the series and was having his way with Portland’s backcourt.
To make matters worse, Blake Griffin got hurt yet again in Game 4 and has since been ruled out for the remainder of the playoffs as well with a quad injury. Griffin had just started to play himself back into shape and the Clips had a legitimate shot at knocking off the Warriors without Stephen Curry. Now the Clippers will likely see their postseason end much sooner than it would with Paul and Griffin healthy.
Where the Clippers are rocked by injuries, the Trail Blazers are injury free at this point.

KEY MATCHUP

C.J.McCollum shined in Game 5, while his backcourt mate Damian Lillard struggled. McCollum went 9-18 from the field and 7-8 from the free throw line for a game high 27 points. McCollum has been amazing this season en route to being named the NBA’s Most Improved Player and his emergence was a big reason why Portland coach Terry Stotts finished second in Coach of the Year voting.

Without Paul to harass him, he should continue to have big games.
Lillard wasn’t great for the Blazers, but he did play a big part in putting the game away for Portland in the fourth. Lillard hit his first six shots of the quarter and ended up sinking five threes allowing Portland to put the game away. Now Lillard and the Blazers are on the cusp of reaching the conference semi-finals.

It’s no surprise that the Clippers found offense hard to come by in Game 5 without Paul and Griffin. LA was hoping to get big games from Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick but while Redick delivered, Crawford came up short.
Redick went 7-17 from the floor and was the only Clipper to consistently hit three pointers all night long. He hit 50 percent of his shots from deep and the Clippers hope is that he can keep hitting three pointers at that clip.
Crawford is usually a super sub off the bench, but in 44 minutes of action his efficacy was put to the test. Crawford kept chucking up shots, but wasn’t able to hit anything and made just over a quarter of his field goal attempts. The Clippers aren’t in a great position, but Crawford needs to shoot better for LA to win.

LIVE BETTING

The Clippers are stretched thin already and when the bench takes the floor, some of these players are now guys that never would have seen the floor when Blake and CP3 were healthy. Jump on Portland when the benches take the court late in the first and early in the second.

QUICK PICK

LA put up a valiant effort on Wednesday and was tied with Portland heading into the fourth quarter before Lillard and the Blazers ran away. It’s really hard to see a way that the Clippers can win this game being so shorthanded though.

Grab Portland and lay the points.

NBA Odds: Portland 102, Los Angeles 94



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