The Clippers won’t have Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, John Wall, or Luke Kennard in their matchup against the Trail Blazers tonight. Meanwhile, Damian Lillard won’t be available for the Blazers. What should we expect in tonight’s TNT matchup without all of these key players?
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Tuesday, November 29, 2022 – 10:00 PM EST at Moda Center
The Los Angeles Clippers will take on the Portland Trail Blazers in the second game of a Tuesday doubleheader on TNT.
The Clippers will be without a long list of stars tonight. John Wall, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Luke Kennard will all miss tonight’s game for the Clippers. Meanwhile, Damian Lillard is still out for the Trail Blazers, along with the newly acquired guard Gary Payton II.
This isn’t what TNT had in mind when they put their broadcast lineups together. But with the spread sitting at -3.5 in favor of the Blazers, the oddsmakers still expect tonight’s game to be close and competitive. That’s all you can ask for with a nationally televised broadcast.
Who Will Clippers Rely On?
As I mentioned, the Clippers will be without 4 of their most effective scorers. Other players will need to step up for the Clippers tonight.
Although John Wall played for the Clippers in their last game against the Pacers, the Clippers’ starting lineup consisted of Reggie Jackson, Terance Mann, Amir Coffey, Marcus Morris Sr., and Ivica Zubac. We’ll see this starting lineup tonight.
Against the Pacers, Zubac had 31 points and 29 rebounds in the win. Norman Powell had 19 points off the bench and will be a key scorer for the time being.
The Clippers have been a bit challenged offensively. Over the last 3 games, the offense has turned the ball over at least 15.6% of the time. But Los Angeles can still dominate the glass with Zubac and can still put up a highly effective field goal percentage, especially against a bad Blazers defense.
On the other hand, Los Angeles hasn’t been all that great on defense, either. The Clippers stepped up against the Pacers in their most recent game but allowed at least 128.1 points per 100 possessions in their previous two games.
The Clippers won’t earn a high rate of turnovers but have limited teams from getting to the foul line. However, before the game against the Pacers, the Clippers were dreadful on the defensive glass. Ivica Zubac will be fine, but other guys need to crash the glass for the Clippers to shut down second chances.
Portland’s Defense Is Miserable
The Blazers have been terrible offensively. Over Portland’s last 4 games, the Blazers have had just 1 game with above-average numbers. Of course, in its win against the Knicks, the Blazers scored 132 points.
Portland has had success on the offensive glass and has earned at least 25% of offensive rebounds in each of their last 4 games. The Blazers should be able to find success on the glass against Los Angeles and earn second chances. However, it truly doesn’t matter if the offense is good, the defense can’t get stops.
Portland has allowed at least 120.6 points per 100 possessions in their last 3 games. The Blazers have earned under 10% turnovers in their previous 2 games and given up a 59.9% effective field goal percentage or higher in 3 of their last 4 games.
With Damian Lillard out, the offense hasn’t looked appealing. The defense has also looked like one of the worst defenses in the league over the last couple of weeks.
Clippers vs. Trail Blazers: The Pick
We’ve got so many stars out of the lineups tonight. But the Clippers are coming off a win with the same starting lineup that we’ll see tonight.
Los Angeles is much deeper than Portland. They can find ways to win without their 3 best players. The Blazers simply can’t. Even in their win against the Knicks, they had to score 132 points to win because they still allowed 129.
The Blazers will have to dominate the offensive glass and capitalize on those second chances. That’s the only way for them to have a chance at winning this game, at home.
On the other hand, the Clippers should succeed offensively against the Blazers. Los Angeles hasn’t been consistent, but the Clippers are coming off a massive offensive performance against the Pacers in their most recent game. That gives me confidence heading into tonight’s game that the Clippers can still produce with what they’ve got.
Let’s back the Clippers at +3.5. I would also recommend taking the moneyline if you feel a bit riskier. For residents of Los Angeles looking to bet on this game, you can check out our top California betting sites.
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