Los Angeles Clippers vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction, 3/20/2024 Preview and Pick

Los Angeles Clippers vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction, 3/20/2024 Preview and Pick

Game: Los Angeles Clippers vs Portland Trail Blazers

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR

TV: ROOT Sports

Moda Center is the site where the Portland Trail Blazers (19-49) will attempt to beat the Los Angeles Clippers (42-25) on Wednesday.

The Clippers played the Hawks and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 110-93 in their last game. Los Angeles finished with a 37.8% field goal percentage (28 out of 74) and made 11 out of their 36 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Clippers converted 26 of their 29 tries for a percentage of 89.7%. In regard to grabbing rebounds, they collected 40 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 17 assists in this matchup as well as forcing 14 turnovers and earning 10 steals. Pertaining to defending, Los Angeles allowed the other team to shoot 48.8% from the field on 41 out of 84 shooting. Atlanta totaled 32 assists and had 10 steals for this contest. Furthermore, Atlanta had 45 rebounds (10 offensive, 35 defensive) and added 5 blocked shots. Atlanta finished 91.7% at the charity stripe by making 11 of their 12 attempts. They also buried 17 out of their 34 tries from distance. With respect to fouls, the Clippers ended up with 13 and the Hawks totaled 22 fouls.

Kawhi Leonard is someone who was a major factor for this game. He recorded 28 points on 8 of 17 shooting. He saw the court for 37 mins and also pulled down 2 boards. Leonard walked away from this one shooting 47.1% from the field and recorded 2 assists.

Los Angeles comes into this one with a win-loss mark of 42-25 so far this year. They are turning it over 13.1 times per contest and as a team they commit 18.7 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Los Angeles is snagging 42.6 boards per game and has accumulated 1,719 dimes on the season, which has them ranked 22nd in basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Clippers are hitting 38.7% on shots from distance (870 of 2,250) and 81.9% from the charity stripe. They average 116.5 pts per game (12th in the league) while hitting 49.1% from the field.

When they are on defense, the Clippers are forcing their opponents into 13.1 turnovers per game while drawing 19.2 personal fouls. They are surrendering 36.4% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 12th in the league in points per game allowed (112.6). The Clippers are giving up a FG percentage of 46.9% (2,791 of 5,953) and they concede 42.0 rebounds per game as a team. They are ranked 11th in the NBA in giving up assists with 1,780 surrendered on the season.

For their last game, the Trail Blazers took a defeat with a final score of 110-107 when they played the Bulls. The Trail Blazers snagged 30 defensive boards and 13 offensive boards totaling 43 for the matchup. They also gave up possession of the ball 13 times, while getting 7 steals for the contest. The Bulls committed 21 fouls for this game which took the Trail Blazers to the free throw line for a total of 25 tries. They were able to bury 19 of the free throws for a percentage of 76.0%. With regard to shots from beyond the perimeter, Portland made 8 out of 28 attempts (28.6%). When the game finished, the Trail Blazers finished shooting 40 out of 88 from the floor which had them shooting 45.5%. The Trail Blazers permitted the Bulls to convert 41 of their 93 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 44.1% in the matchup. They shot 33.3% from behind the 3-point line by connecting on 11 of 33 and finished the contest at 17 of 21 from the free throw line (81.0%). Regarding rebounding, Portland permitted Chicago to pull down 40 overall (13 offensive).

Anfernee Simons was important for the Trail Blazers for this game. He converted 10 of 24 in this game for a rate of 41.7%, and tallied 3 rebounds. Simons tallied 30 points in his 39 minutes on the hardwood and had 9 dimes for this contest.

Portland has a mark of 19-49 for the campaign. The Trail Blazers are responsible for committing 20.4 personal fouls per contest and they go 79.8% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 22.9 times per game (30th in basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 15.2 times per contest. Portland has 7,323 pts so far this year (107.7 per game) and they pull in 42.0 boards per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Trail Blazers are shooting 44.2% from the field, which has them ranked 29th in basketball.

The Trail Blazers on defense are ranked 17th in the league in PPG given up with 115.8. They are forcing their opponents into 14.7 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 49.2% from the field (27th in the NBA). The Portland defense gives up 35.1% on shots from distance (789 of 2,245) and opponents are making 78.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 27.3 assists and 43.8 boards per contest, which ranks them 20th and 17th in the NBA.

Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?

Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Los Angeles

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