While the 2019-20 NBA restart has seen several exciting match-ups, we might be in for a one-sided contest when the LA Clippers clash with the Portland Trail Blazers on the 8th of August.
Both the teams have had drastically different fortunes this season – the Clippers are placed 2nd in the Western Conference while the Trail Blazers are at the 9th place. Unless Portland produces some magic, it will be tough for them to take down the mighty Clippers.
In their last 5 games, the Clippers have won 3 and lost 2. However, their overall win-loss record in the season still stands at an impressive 46-22. In their last match, they secured a solid 126-111 win against the Dallas Mavericks. Kawhi Leonard top-scored in the game with 29 points and he’s expected to lead from the front in this game, too.
Apart from Leonard, the Clippers also have the likes of Paul George, Ivica Zubac, Montrezl Harrell, and Lou Williams who are all in good scoring form. They have a strong squad with plenty of players doing well on both the defense and the offense and it will be difficult for a team like Portland to get past them.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers have had a poor record this season so far with more losses than wins in their kitty. They are currently 9th in the standings with a 32-38 record. However, they still have a chance to enter the top 8 in the West and their 125-115 victory in their last game against Denver Nuggets was a step in that direction.
Damian Lillard, who has been Portland’s best player this season, did a star turn in the last game against Denver with a sensational 45 points. His form against the Clippers will be crucial. Zach Collins, Jusuf Nurkic, and CJ Mccollum will also have a crucial role to play and how much they support Damian will determine the outcome of the match.
Trail Blazers vs Clippers NBA Betting Tips
LA Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers have clashed twice in the 2019-20 NBA season and on both occasions, the Clippers were the winners. They clinched their November 7 clash 107-101 and followed it with a dominating 117-97 win on December 3. The way things are shaping up now, the Clippers may well win three out of three against their rivals this season.
The best chance for Portland is for Damian Lillard to have another outstanding game with great support from his teammates. However, the experienced are an experienced lot and know how to put pressure on weaker teams. Their Points Per Game is a solid 116.2 and that will be something that can really hurt Portland.
Hence, unless they put up a really bad show, the LA Clippers should win this contest. It should, however, be a high-scoring game with the total points being over 220.