This is a match of NBA between Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers, at Staples Centre, the home of Clippers. We think it is an exciting match, so please review our thoughts here below.
Los Angeles Clippers
Currently, the Clippers are in the 7th place of the western conference standings (38-29). They are on 4 games winning streak and look to extend it even more. Clippers play at a high pace and score a lot of points. Los Angeles is 6th in scoring and are scoring 114.3 points per game. Clippers play bad defense as they are 19th among NBA’s defensive rating and allows 110.2 points. So, to conclude – Clippers like offense and hate defense. Lou Williams has been getting it done for Los Angeles this season. Though he is coming off the bench he is the best scorer and passer of the team. Luc Mbah a Moute is still injured and won't be playing in this game. This season’s leaders: Lou Williams (20.2ppg, 5.4apg,), Danilo Gallinari (18.7ppg, 6.0rpg), Montrezl Harrell (15.9pg, 6.7rpg). In home games, the Clippers are playing very well (19-12).
Portland Trail Blazers
Currently, Portland is in the 5th place of the western conference standings (40-26) and looks to get the home court advantage in the playoffs. Blazers have been playing some bad basketball lately. They only won 2 of their last 5 games. The reason for this bad stretch could be that Evan Turner and Rodney Hood are injured as they won't play in this game as well. These 2 players are very important for Portland at both ends of the court. But luckily, their big 3 in Lillard, McCollum, and Nurkic, is healthy all season long. Whole Portland's offense is standing on them as they score even 61% of total team points. Recently, Blazers have made a trade for Enes Kanter. So as he is in their lineup, he gives Portland some more power in the paint with putbacks, blocks, and rebounds. Blazzers' leaders this season: Damian Lillard (26.1ppg, 6.4apg, 4.4rpg), CJ McCollum (21.2ppg, 2.8apg), Jusuf Nurkic (15.3ppg, 10.2rpg, 3.3apg). On road, Blazers are not playing their best basketball as they are 15-17.
This is a Western conference clash and both of these teams are trying to boost themselves up, until the end of the regular season. And as always, inner conference matches are the best way to do it, so we can expect a tied and physical fight. Blazers and Clippers have already seen each other 3 times this season and Portland is leading season series 2-1. In their last game, after a resultative and tight match, Portland came out victorious by the result of 127-131. Portland's leaders were: Damian Lillard (39pts, 6ast), CJ McCollum (27pts, 3ast, 3 rebs), Jusuf Nurkic (20pts, 7ast, 3 rebs). The leading players for Clippers were: Tobias Harris (39pts, 11rebs), Gilgeous-Alexander (24pts, 3ast), Danillo Gallinari (22pts, 3ast, 5rebs).
Note: Tobias Harris is not playing for Clippers anymore due to trade.
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