Los Angeles Clippers (46-22) at Portland Trail Blazers (32-38)

Saturday, August 08, 2020 at 1:00 pm

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At 1:05 pm, our selection is on the Portland Trail Blazers over the Los Angeles Clippers. In the preseason, I released two NBA futures plays: the Clippers to win the Western Conference, and the Bucks to win the Eastern Conference. And I still believe that will be the Finals match-up in October. The Clippers, for the most part, have nothing to play for in their remaining four games (which is why they're resting Kawhi Leonard today). They're 2 games ahead of Denver for the #2 seed, and have a game vs. the Nuggets on Wednesday. Los Angeles could go 1-3 in its final four games, but would still get the #2 seed if it defeated Denver next week. So, that's pretty much the highest priority game on L.A.'s schedule. Portland, on the other hand, needs to win each of its last four games because, if it slips up just once, it could miss the Playoffs. Portland, thus, has a big edge in the "motivation' department this afternoon. And it also falls into a 212-132 ATS revenge system of mine, as it lost by 20 points at Los Angeles when the two teams last met. The Trail Blazers are 9-0-2 ATS their last 11 (and 22-7-2 ATS their last 31) when playing with revenge from a loss by 12+ points, if they weren't getting more than 4 points. Take the Trail Blazers.

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