Must Win For Clippers: Clippers vs. Trailblazers Preview, Odds & Predictions

Must Win For Clippers

The Clippers (42-38) head to Portland to take on the Trailblazers (33-47), in what may be a must win if they’re to avoid a play-in berth scenario. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 04:00 PM ET, Saturday, April 8th, 2023.

The Clippers needing to win this game has seen them blowout to a whopping -16.5 point favorite.

MATCH PREVIEW

With only two games left in the regular season, LAC are still yet to clinch a guaranteed playoff berth. Winning on the road against the Trailblazers would make a play-in scenario very unlikely. The Clippers are needing to lose their final game against a Suns bench team and the Pelicans needing to win both of their last two matches. The Clippers are coming off the back of a huge 125-118 win against the Lakers.

While the Clippers will be without Paul George (knee), the Trailblazers will be without any of their key players. After shutting down Damian Lillard a few games ago, the Trailblazers will also rest Matisse Thybulle, Anfernee Simons, Nassir Little, Jusuf Nurkic, Jerami Grant, and Cam Reddish for the remainder of the season.

ODDS AND PREDICTIONS

The Clippers have already won two games on the road this season against their upcoming opponent, beating them 118-112 on Nov. 29 and 117-102 on March 19th. According to NBA.com stats, Portland has been outscored by an average of 14.3 points in their last 15 games. While Portland has a favorable track record of 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games versus a team with a winning home record, it is important to note that the Clippers have a 22-18 home record.

Additionally, Portland has an impressive record of 3-0 ATS in their last three games, but the Clippers have been dominant in their last seven games, winning six of them ATS against teams with a losing straight-up record.

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Portland has a margin of defeat of 17.6 points in their last 13 losses, suggesting they may struggle in this game. Overall, the Clippers have more motivation to win and could potentially take control of the game early on.

Considering all these factors, it seems like a wise choice to take the Clippers to cover the spread. However, it’s important to keep in mind that sports betting always involves a degree of risk, and there’s no guarantee that this Clippers unit will perform as well as expected against an unpredictable Trailblazers lineup. As always, it’s essential to do your research and make an informed decision based on the available data.

Spread: Clippers -16.5

Moneyline: Clippers -1799, Trailblazers +974

Pick: Clippers -16.5

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