HRWager’s NBA Free Pick for Portland at the Clippers examines the Blazers in a new light. Too many times Portland has disappointed the masses but this year is different. With one of their two star players going to San Antonio, Portland did not collapse. They overachieved and get to play the one of the biggest post season busts in the game today. Clippers open up in the mid seven range for home favorites for the Game One start time of 10:30 PM EST on April 17th.
NBA Free Pick : Thin Herd in the West
This is no longer the stacked deck of the NBA. Western Conference basketball has become almost as polarized as the East. Two recognized dominant teams with another two right behind them with a duo of talent. Funny thing happened to the Clippers this year is that they had to evolve. Blake was out for almost the entire year with injuries and personal mishaps. Redick and Jordan really upped their game. Additional assets like Cole Aldrich really have shown flashes of good play. Now the Clippers are the deepest they have been with more balance. Now if they can prove they can handle the physical game then they might be a threat in the West.
Best of the Have Nots
Someone had to win all the leftover games with a weak Western Conference. That honor went to the Blazers who worked their tails off. Only Lillard remains after almost every other person of note from a year ago is gone. This was necessary but the rebuilding went better than hoped for in Year One. CJ McCollum will have to keep up and exceed his scoring output. Good news is that he can because for all their prowess, LAC still does not like to play defense at the guard position. This is where the hopes for a Portland cover lie.
207 1/2 is the total with rumor of 8 or even more points being spotted by the Clippers. If LAC wins by that much then the total will go over. Safer here to take a 207 1/2 total with no line movement yet compared to the opening -6 1/2 that is at 8 in some places. HRWager’s Free Pick to profit by is the over 207 1/2 total here. Good fortune and we will see you on Monday here at the HRW.