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JEFF ALLEN GAME PREVIEW: PORTLAND at CLIPPERS

JEFF ALLEN GAME PREVIEW: PORTLAND at CLIPPERS
 
The NBA playoffs continue on Sunday with the final four Game I’s of the series that have yet to begin play. We’re not sure that there was much to be learned off Saturday’s action where we had one straight up dog winner and three of the four home teams taking home wins. The Pacers 100-90 win at Toronto was not all that surprising considering the Barney’s playoff history of late. The Raptors have been awful in the first round the past two year’s and that MO. continued against the Pacers. Golden State jumped on Houston right off the git, led by 27 at the half, and then cruised to an easy win. Steph Curry didn’t play the second half with an ankle
injury and is questionable for Game II. The Hawks gave away a second half 15 point lead and barely held off Boston 102-111. The Celtics late run got the dog the cover but the moral victory could have proved costly if Avery Bradley is out for the series with an apparent torn hamstring. Oklahoma City rolled Dallas in the late
game winning 108-70. It was the highest margin of victory in a playoff ever for the Thunder and it was a franchise worse playoff loss ever for the Dallas Mavericks. Golden State and Oklahoma City figure to be sweeps with Indy/Toronto and Boston/Atlanta likely to go six or seven games. All four Saturday games went UNDER the total.
 
Tonight’s late game features the most competitive of the Western Conference series as No.5 seeded Portland visits the No.5 seeded Los Angeles Clippers. The game opened Clipper -8 with the high/low 207 1/2. At this writing, the Clippers are -8.5 with the total now sitting at 209. Portland is a nice young team with a legitimate
superstar in Damian Lillard (25.1, 4.0, 6.8), the heir apparent at PG to Chris Paul on the US National Team. That said, Lillard does not have much of a supporting cast and very little history to support an upset here. The Blazers are 1-7 in their L8 first round series with their 2014 upset of Houston the only win. The Clippers are in
their fifth straight playoff after going just seven times on the prior 41 years of their existence. The Clippers have won five straight home games covering four. Portland went 7-2 down the stretch but is just 2-6 L8 in this series but 4-1 L5 getting points on this floor. Not playing the game and have no interest in the side. The under could
be worth a look if it continues North of 209.

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