Our NBA top betting pick on Thursday comes from pro basketball game involving the LA Clippers and the Portland Trailblazers. The Clippers and Trailblazers will tip off from Portland tonight at 10:30PM Eastern Time and TNT will provide the live national television broadcast. With our NBA pick we will play on the LA Clippers -2 points against the Portland Trailblazers. The odds for our sports betting pick tonight has been courtesy of Oddsmaker sportsbook.
The point spread opened up in this NBA game with the road LA Clippers favored by -2 points with an over under coming in at 192 points. Early money has trickled on the Clippers as some sportsbooks has LA favored by -2 ½ points while the majority of the betting shops are lining the LA Clippers as -2 point favorite. The total has moved down to 189 ½ points. A money line bet on the LA Clippers will return -125 odds. Those who bet the home underdog Portland Trailblazers to win straight up can receive +115 odds for their money line wager.
In tonight’s game the LA Clippers will be on the back end of a back to back while the Trailblazers are in a more difficult spot playing their third game in three nights and facing travel in each game. The Clippers disposed of the Washington Wizards last night and head coach Vinny Del Negro did a good job of limiting minutes of his starters in the 18 point home victory. The Clippers have done a good job on the defensive end of the court as they are giving up only an average of 88 points and 42% shooting and 26.4% from three to their opponents. Forward Kenyon Martin has been a good addition for the Clippers to give them a solid presence in the paint and for rebounding. He had pulled down 30 rebounds in the teams past five games and opponents are shooting at a much lower percentage than they have done prior to Martin’s arrival to the team. He is proving a strong value to the team on the defensive end of the court.
The Trailblazers are in a bad spot tonight and things have gotten worse with impact star LaMarcus Aldridge out with an ankle sprain. Aldridge led the team with 22 points a game and was extremely efficient as he connected on 51.2% from the field with nearly 80% from the free throw line. Without Aldridge in the lineup Portland has suffered on the defensive end of the court allowing Washington 60% shooting and Golden St last night 47.4% shooting. Aldridge played just two minutes on Tuesday. What happened are the Blazers starters had to log heavier minutes without their key offensive cog in the lineup. Many of the starters played over 40 minutes on Tuesday and last night we saw Gerald Wallace with 38 minutes and Raymond Felton logged 39 minutes. Expect fatigue to set in for Portland tonight and for the team to struggle for offense in the second half. A fresher and deeper Clippers team will be able to win and cover the point spread tonight. Before betting the LA Clippers tonight pick up your sportsbook promo codes.