Pick #1 – Los Angeles Clippers at Portland Trailblazers
To put it bluntly the Portland Trailblazers and Los Angeles Clippers are simply not putting up points against each other this NBA postseason. In this fourth playoff game the Trailblazers looks to make a strong home stand after picking up a decisive defensive home victory upping their 10 game current playing streak to a 6-4 over there last 10 games which is still not much comparable to the Clippers impressive 8-2 last 10 game run. The Portland Trailblazers (45-40) and the Los Angeles Clippers (55-30) have both been playing a completely different style of basketball then usual when match up so it should be no surprise if we get another slow tempo game tonight. Portland only notes backup Forward Meyers Leonard on the injury chart so there is no concern about game planning or skewed match ups tonight. With the series tie now in reach we can expect the Trailblazers to attempt a similar style of play and outcome to the last game which put a lot of offense on defense and clock management. Lets take a look at some of the stats that make this UNDER play a reasonable side to take. The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Portland's last 5 games. In addition to this the total has gone UNDER in 5 of the Los Angeles Clippers's last 6 games. The offensive and defensive numbers seem to point to our side of the bet as over the prior 10 contests they equal to 208.4 and 200.1 respectively which lends itself more to the chance of the score being on the lower side of this NBA total pick. The over/under for this NBA spread total opened at 206 and is dropping so it looks like the money is agreeing with us here which is always a nice sign. Portland who just took home an 8 point win and held the Clippers to a mere 8 points should be looking to do much of the same tonight. The UNDER consensus for this game is 61% so we should feel confident in our side here. The last playoff game two days ago in Portland between these two Western conference rivals resulted in a 96 – 88 Trailblazers win over the Clippers so expect more planning to yet again a defensive focus. This should be a nice UNDER 205.5 play as we get two of the fastest playing teams and most potent offensives going head to head tonight for playoff glory.
Los Angeles Clippers at Portland Trail Blazers - Playoffs - 1st Round - Game 4 - Monday, April 25, 2016 10:35 PM
565 Los Angeles Clippers -4
566 Portland Trail Blazers +4
565 Los Angeles Clippers Over 205½
566 Portland Trail Blazers Under 205½
Betting odds provided by 5Dimes
UNDER 205.5 (2 Units)
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