Trail Blazers Look for Fresh Start After Road Trip
The Los Angeles Clippers and the Portland Trail Blazers will meet on Sunday at Moda Center. The Trail Blazers stumbled hard at the end of a six-game road trip. They suffered two blow-out losses against top competitors in each conference.
The Trail Blazers will try to hit the reset switch on Sunday night.
TV: 9 p.m. ET, FS Prime Ticket (Los Angeles), NBCS Northwest (Portland)
Line: Trail Blazers -4.5-point; O/U: 226.5.
Portland was crushed 143-100 at the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. It was barely closer on Friday, falling 125-97 at the Golden State Warriors.
The Clippers are rolling with wins in six of the last seven games. They knocked off the Memphis Grizzlies 112-107 in overtime on Friday in a brief stop at home following a three-game trip. Los Angeles, which fell at Portland 116-105 on Nov. 8, will play eight of its next 11 games on the road.
The 12-6 Clippers are sitting among a group of teams atop the Western Conference. They have a well-rounded roster that lacks superstars but celebrates role players like power forward Montrezl Harrell.
The 24-year-old Louisville product never averaged more than 11 points in three previous seasons, but is posting 15.9 points this year. Harrell has a 65.4 percent shooting after going for 22 points and 11 rebounds on Friday. It was his third straight game with 20 or more points.
The Trail Blazers are 12-7 on the season.
Portland allowed the Bucks to shoot 52.8 percent from the floor in Wednesday’s loss and watched Golden State go off at 56.5 percent in Friday’s setback.
Lillard needed 24 field-goal attempts to reach 23 points on Friday and shot 37.5 percent from the floor on the six-game trip.
CJ McCollum is 13-of-26 from 3-point range over the last four games.
PREDICTION: Trail Blazers 115, Clippers 107.
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NBA Betting Odds & Trends
|Los Angeles Clippers
|LA Clippers is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
|LA Clippers is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA last 5 games
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of LA last 8 games on the road
|LA Clippers is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Portland
|LA Clippers is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Portland
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA last 5 games when playing Portland
|LA Clippers is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Portland
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA last 7 games when playing on the road against Portland
Portland Trail Blazers
|Portland is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
|Portland is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Portland’s last 6 games
|Portland is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
|Portland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Portland’s last 5 games at home
|Portland is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing LA Clippers
|Portland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing LA Clippers
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland’s last 5 games when playing LA Clippers
|Portland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against LA Clippers
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Portland’s last 7 games when playing at home against LA Clippers
Los Angeles home to Phoenix Wednesday, November 28
Portland home to Orlando Wednesday, November 28
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