Los Angeles Clippers vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction, Preview and Odds - 10/29/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 10:00 pm ET, Friday, October 29, 2021
Venue:  Moda Center, Portland, OR
Where to Watch:  ROOT Sports NW

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Clippers +2.5, Trail Blazers -2.5; Over/Under:  223 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Clippers +2.5, Trail Blazers -2.5; Over/Under:  223.5 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Clippers NL, Trail Blazers NL; Over/Under:  223 points
 

Season Record

Los Angeles Clippers:  1-3 (5th place, Pacific Division)
Portland Trail Blazers:  2-2 (3rd place, Northwest Division)
 
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Los Angeles Clippers vs Portland Trail Blazers Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
Los Angeles Clippers:  1-3 last 4
Portland Trail Blazers:  2-2 last 4
 
 
 

Los Angeles Clippers Analysis

The Clippers are coming into this game with a 1-3 record overall to start their season off and they are 0-1 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. Their 1 win this season came against the Portland Trail Blazers while their 3 losses came against the Golden State Warriors, the Memphis Grizzlies, and the Cleveland Cavaliers in their last game. They were absolutely dominated in every quarter of that game against the Cavs as Cleveland jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Nicolas Batum and Reggie Jackson both led the team in points in that game with 16 each in what was a very bad game for their offense. Jackson along with Eric Bledsoe and Luke Kennard all led the team in assists in that game with 3 while Paul George led the team in rebounds with 10. Their offense has averaged 105.5 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 103.3 PPG against them. The Clippers opened as a 7.5 point favorite in their last game with that line closing around 8.5 while the point total opened at 220 points and closed around 219.5 points. The Clippers did not cover the spread in that game and they even lost it straight up on the moneyline cashing the +290 for the Cavs while the game stayed under the total with 171 total points. 
 
 

Portland Trail Blazers Analysis

The Trail Blazers are coming into this contest with a 2-2 record overall to start their season off and they are 2-1 in their home games this regular season where they will be in this game. Their 2 losses came against the Sacramento Kings and the Los Angeles Clippers while their 2 wins came against the Phoenix Suns and the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. The Trailblazers trailed in the entire first half in their last game going into halftime down by 6 points but they came out in the second half strong and had a good third quarter to take the lead back and dominated the game from there. CJ McCollum led the team in points in that game with 25 while Damian Lillard was next on the team with 20 points. Lillard also led the team in assists in that game with 10 while Jusuf Nurkic led the team in rebounds with 8. Their offense is averaging 114.3 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 110.3 PPG against them. The Trail Blazers opened as a 4.5 point favorite in their last game with that line closing around 2.5 points while the point total opened at 235.5 and closed around 233 points. The Trail Blazers covered the spread in that game winning by 20 points while the game stayed under the total with 212 total points.
 

 

Clippers vs Trail Blazers Prediction

The Trail Blazers are coming into this matchup as a 2.5 point favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Blazers just bounced back at home against the Grizzlies after a bad loss to the Clippers and now they get to see the LA Clippers again at home this time. They were very angry after that loss to the Clippers and they took it out on the Grizzlies but they will likely be looking for their revenge in this game. The Clippers are a mess this year with Kawhi Leonard out and their first win of the season came against the Trail Blazers a few nights ago, their only win this year. The best bet to place in this game is on the Trail Blazers to cover the spread here as they will be looking for their revenge on the Clippers here at home.
 
Clippers Trail Blazers Prediction:  Our NBA Pick for Friday, October 29, 2021 (10:00 pm ET start time) is Trail Blazers 117 Clippers 99.
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NBA Betting Trends

 
Los Angeles Clippers: 236-254 ATS when the line is +3 to -3. 999-1046 ATS in all games. 511-574 ATS as an underdog. 335-377 ATS as a road underdog. 148-163 ATS as a road underdog of 6 points or less. 493-513 ATS in road games. 
Portland Trail Blazers: 308-256 ATS when the line is +3 to -3. 1040-1028 ATS in all games. 79-77 ATS when the total is 220 to 229.5. 144-116 ATS at home when the line is +3 to -3. 346-340 ATS in the first half of the season.
 

Key Injuries

 
Los Angeles Clippers:  K. Johnson (SG) Ques Fri - Illness. M. Morris Sr. (PF) Ques Fri - Knee injury. J. Preston (PG) Out indefinitely - Foot injury. Serge Ibaka (PF) Out indefinitely - Back injury. K. Leonard (SF) out for season - Knee injury.
Portland Trail Blazers:  T. Snell (SG) Ques Fri - Foot injury. N. Powell (SG) Ques Fri - Knee injury.
 
 

Notable Quotes

 
"After a night like this, the only way is to get better." - Paul George after their loss to the Cavs at home in their last game.
 
 
"No team has ever won the championship through four games, so sitting at 2-2 puts us in a good position to build on it." - Larry Nance Jr. on their start to the season.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Los Angeles Clippers
PG     Reggie Jackson
SG     Eric Bledsoe
SF     Paul George
PF     Nicolas Batum
C     Ivica Zubac
 
Portland Trail Blazers
PG     Damian Lillard
SG     CJ McCollum
SF     Norman Powell
PF     Robert Covington
C     Jusuf Nurkic
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Los Angeles Clippers
PPG: P. George (24)
APG: E. Bledsoe (4.8)
Reb/G: P. George (7.8) 
 
Portland Trail Blazers
PPG: C. McCollum (26.8)
APG: D. Lillard (8)
Reb/G: J. Nurkic (11)
 
Coaches:
Los Angeles Clippers: Tyronn Lue (3rd season)
Portland Trail Blazers: Chauncey Billups (1st season)


Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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