Kawhi and the Clippers battle the Trail Blazers on Monday night. (Photo by PI/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)
- The Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers matchup on April 6th
- Portland are chasing down the Lakers in the Western Conference standings
- Get the latest odds, betting preview and a pick below
The Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers face-off on Tuesday night. Portland are six-point underdogs.
With C.J. McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic healthy, the Blazers are eyeing a top four seed in the Western Conference, and they could overtake the Lakers on Tuesday night.
Owning a 33-18 record, the Clippers have edged up to third in the West. Denver and Portland are keeping the pressure on, but the Clippers got an important win over the depleted Lakers at the weekend.
Uncertainty remains over the availability of Serge Ibaka (back) and Patrick Beverley (knee) – the veteran pair are listed as day-to-day. Portland’s injury issues have lessened in recent weeks, though Derrick Jones Jr (quad) is questionable and Zach Collins (ankle) remains sidelined.
Trail Blazers vs Clippers Odds
|Team||Spread at FanDuel||Moneyline||Total Points|
|Portland Trail Blazers||+6 (-110)||+210||Over 227 (-110)|
|Los Angeles Clippers||-6 (-110)||-255||Under 227 (-110)|
Odds as of April 6th
The Utah Jazz are the only team with a better net rating than the Clippers since the All-Star break. They are seventh in offense and fifth in defense over that period. From true shooting to rebound percentage and turnovers, the Clippers are a top ten (or better) team across the board.
Terance Mann just wants to help the team win in any way possible 🙌 pic.twitter.com/APmPpEFbXM
— Clippers Nation (@ClipperNationCP) April 2, 2021
This is particularly impressive with the Clippers playing without two starters. Serge Ibaka hasn’t played since March 14th. Beverley hasn’t since March 11th. After shooting lights out for the first few months, Paul George has come back to earth since the break, hitting just 34% of his three-point attempts.
Depth has been key for the Clips. Ivica Zubac has flourished as a starter. Terance Mann and Luke Kennard have given Ty Lue good and consistent minutes. Reggie Jackson has been comfortably over 40% from three, too.
Zubac’s ability to screen and roll at a high level really opens up a lot of things for guys in terms of spacing as shooters. One of the biggest advantages he gives the team. pic.twitter.com/CGFHRLQRyb
— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) April 5, 2021
It’s easy to focus on the trademark efficiency of Kawhi Leonard, or even the knockdown shooting of Marcus Morris, but the Clippers have crucially found production across the roster in the absence of Ibaka and Beverley.
Up and Down Blazers
Portland did a good job getting sufficient support for Damian Lillard earlier in the campaign. With Norm Powell on the team and Lillard’s co-stars returning, the Blazers are a different team to the one which thrived as a plucky underdog through winter.
The Blazers just beat OKC by 48 points. 😳
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) April 4, 2021
They were involved in three consecutive blowouts. Detroit and Oklahoma City were comprehensively beaten, but Portland was unable to stay close to the Bucks. This reflects on a season-long issue. The Blazers have been ruthless against teams they should beat.
They are 8-11 against teams above .500, however, and that’s perhaps where their vulnerability on the defensive end shines through.
Being the league’s most potent offense is not enough to beat upper echelon playoff teams. Their offensive rating is top of the pile since the All-Star break, but only the tanking duo of the Rockets and Thunder rank worse on the defensive end.
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) April 4, 2021
It’s hard to see how Portland gets enough stops on Tuesday to stay in the game. As ever, a massive night from one of their backcourt scorers can change everything, but relying on that against a Clippers team with such high-level defensive personnel isn’t a good position to be in.
Hit the Over
These are two of the best teams to bet the over on. The Clips are 28-22-1 on the over this season, just ahead of Portland’s 27-22. The Blazers have scored at least 109 points in eight of their last nine games.
The Efficiency Landscape. What Jumps Out? pic.twitter.com/rdcawDaXzC
— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) April 2, 2021
When it comes to betting the spread, it’s the Clippers even at -6. They are 25-19 ATS as favorites this season. There’s fair concern about their consistency, however, after recent losses to the Orlando Magic and Denver Nuggets.
A single on the over is the best bet on the board here, though pairing it with the Clips moneyline for a +155 wager is a decent parlay.
- Pick: Over 217 points (-110)
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