Portland are laying 4.5 points here against Phoenix and I really like the revenge angle for them. They were soundly beaten by Phoenix this past weekend and I can see them settling that score here.
First and foremost, Portland has a pretty strong advantage on the perimeter. Phoenix just don’t have the bodies to guard Dame and CJ, which could lead to a high-scoring game.
I’d also expect the Blazers to have a much better plan to guard Aron Baynes this time, who inexplicably went off for 37 and 16 in their last matchup. Portland still tend to perform much better at home, compiling a 17-14 record thus far.
In the midst of a 6-game home stand, this is the stretch that likely makes or breaks their season. I think they get back on track with a win here and that they cover the 4.5-point line the majority of the time.
The Clippers are laying 10.5 points away at Golden State and I’d expect this to be a relatively comfortable victory. This play is predicated on the absences of both Steph and Draymond, which look quite likely.
LA have performed well after a loss this season and they took a high-profile loss to their cross-town rivals last time out. They match up incredibly well with Golden State here, especially against their decimated wings.
The Warriors have a historically bad home record this season, having gone just 8-25 straight up. This is the Clippers only game until the weekend, so I can’t see injuries or fatigue really affecting them here.
With the players Golden State will be suiting up here, we’ve got a matchup between arguably the most and least talented teams in the NBA. I think the Clippers control this one from start to finish, comfortably covering the 10.5-point line in the process.