Clippers vs. Blazers odds, spread, line: 2019 NBA picks, Dec. 3 predictions from model on 15-3 run | SportsLine's advanced computer model simulated Tuesday's Blazers vs. Clippers game 10,000 times.

                        Clippers vs. Blazers odds, spread, line: 2019 NBA picks, Dec. 3 predictions from model on 15-3 run

Clippers vs. Blazers odds, spread, line: 2019 NBA picks, Dec. 3 predictions from model on 15-3 run

Clippers vs. Blazers odds, spread, line: 2019 NBA picks, Dec. 3 predictions from model on 15-3 run

Clippers vs. Blazers odds, spread, line: 2019 NBA picks, Dec. 3 predictions from model on 15-3 run

Clippers vs. Blazers odds, spread, line: 2019 NBA picks, Dec. 3 predictions from model on 15-3 run

Clippers vs. Blazers odds, spread, line: 2019 NBA picks, Dec. 3 predictions from model on 15-3 run
Clippers vs. Blazers odds, spread, line: 2019 NBA picks, Dec. 3 predictions from model on 15-3 run
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The resurgent Portland Trail Blazers travel to Los Angeles to take on the Clippers in a nationally televised battle on Tuesday. Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony is the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week after showing signs of his former self, while Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum form a devastating perimeter tandem. The Clippers are led by Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, though the team's bench is potent with Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell. Tip-off is at 10 p.m. ET at Staples Center. Los Angeles is a nine-point home favorite, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 229 in the latest Clippers vs. Blazers odds. Before you make any Clippers vs. Blazers picks or NBA predictions, see what SportsLine's advanced computer model has to say.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times, and last season it returned a whopping $4,280 on its top-rated NBA spread and money line picks. It's already returned over $1,400 in profit on all its top-rated NBA picks during the 2019-20 season and enters Week 7 on a blistering 15-3 run on all top-rated NBA against the spread picks. Anybody who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Blazers vs. Clippers. We can tell you that the model is leaning Under, and has generated a strong against the spread pick that is hitting in over 50 percent of simulations. You can head to SportsLine to see it. Now, here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Blazers vs. Clippers.

  • Blazers vs. Clippers spread: Clippers -9
  • Blazers vs. Clippers over-under: 229 points
  • Blazers vs. Clippers money line: Clippers -469, Blazers +359
  • Blazers: Anthony is averaging 22.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in his last three games
  • Clippers: LA has won eight of nine games, 12-1 at home this season

The model knows that the Blazers are playing much better in recent days, even with an unsightly 8-12 overall record. Portland's three-game winning streak came against sub-optimal competition, but the Blazers scored at a rate of 118.4 points per 100 possessions, which represents an elite mark offensively. For the season, Lillard has been his typically fantastic self, averaging 27.3 points and 7.3 assists to lead the way for Portland. In tandem with McCollum, the Blazers have a decisive edge in the backcourt, particularly when the Clippers' starters are on the floor, and Portland will need to exploit it in order to pull off the upset. 

Just because Portland has a few edges doesn't mean it will cover the Clippers vs. Blazers spread on Tuesday.

The model is also keenly aware of Portland's shortcomings and the biggest mismatch comes when the Clippers are on offense. L.A. has a top-10 offense for the full season, even with limited deployment for Leonard and George, and the Blazers currently rank in the bottom 10 in overall defense. The Clippers are also dominant on the offensive glass and, considering the Blazers struggle mightily in deterring opponents from gathering offensive rebounds, that is a matchup that poses trouble for Portland. 

While the Blazers do have the edge in the backcourt, the Clippers can lean on their length defensively in this game. Leonard and George are both fully capable of defending Lillard and McCollum for most, if not all, of the game, and that lessens the burden on players like Williams. Finally, Patrick Beverley is a defensive weapon for the Clippers and, if needed, they can simply let him loose against either of Portland's offensive focal points. Overall, the Clippers have a top-10 defense and perhaps the best segment of that unit is their field goal percentage defense, allowing very few quality looks from opponents.

So who wins Blazers vs. Clippers? And which side of the spread hits in more than 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Blazers vs. Clippers spread you need to jump on Tuesday, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks.

                        Kyrie Irving injury update: Nets star ruled out for upcoming road trip; not yet cleared for contact work

Kyrie Irving injury update: Nets star ruled out for upcoming road trip; not yet cleared for contact work

The Nets have gone 6-3 since Kyrie Irving has been sidelined with a right shoulder impingement. They've fared well without their star point guard, who is set to miss the team's upcoming two-game road trip this week to Atlanta and Charlotte. While Brooklyn would love to have him back in the starting lineup, he's not quite ready to return just yet. 

Head coach Kenny Atkinson said that Irving still isn't doing any on-court contact work, and won't travel with the team when they hit the road. However, Irving has started some on-court exercises.

Other players on the Nets roster have stepped up in Irving's absence, namely Spencer Dinwiddie, who has been averaging 25 points in the nine games Irving has been out. However, with Caris LeVert out as well, though, the performances by the rest of the Nets' players are likely unsustainable. Brooklyn relies extremely heavily on three ballhandlers in Irving, LeVert and Dinwiddie to generate the offense, and two of them are out at the moment. A string of games against likely lottery teams has kept them afloat, but they will need Irving back soon if they plan to seriously contend for a playoff spot. 

Irving unceremoniously left Boston for Brooklyn in free agency, after publicly indicating that he planned to re-sign with the Celtics for the long haul prior to the 2018-19 season. Irving and the Celtics endured a season marred by strained chemistry and failing to live up to the high expectations placed on the team. He eventually reneged on his pledge and joined the Nets.

In the 11 games Irving has played for the Nets this season, he's averaged a career-high 28.5 points a night, including a 50-point performance against the Minnesota Timberwolves to open the season. Despite Irving's production, though, the Nets went 4-7 over the 11 games he's played this season. While the Nets have performed well in Irving's absence, the longer the All-Star guard is out, the harder it will be for him to build on-court chemistry this season. 

Nets' Irving will be out at least 2 more games

Nets' Irving will be out at least 2 more games

NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets will continue to play without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving for at least the next two games, coach Kenny Atkinson said after practice on Tuesday.

Atkinson said Irving, who has missed the past nine games because of a right shoulder impingement, will stay behind and continue to rehab while the team travels to Atlanta and Charlotte this week.

"I think I used to get frustrated more," Atkinson said of Irving's slow recovery. "I've had my moments of frustration because I want him back so bad. But you hear our performance staff and then you talk to Kyrie and then you get your mind to a place where that's the smartest thing to do."

Irving has been able to resume on-court activities. He has not been able to do any contact drills -- a necessary hurdle to clear before he is able to play in a game.

Spencer Dinwiddie, who had been the Nets' sixth man, has averaged 25 points per game while starting in Irving's absence. When he was coming off the bench earlier this season, Dinwiddie averaged 17 points.

The Nets are 6-3 without Irving and have an overall record of 10-10. Their first game after their road trip is Dec. 8 against the Nuggets in Brooklyn.

Melo was preparing to retire before Blazers offer

Melo was preparing to retire before Blazers offer

Carmelo Anthony says he was prepared to walk away from the NBA if the Portland Trail Blazers hadn't called and offered him a roster spot last month.

"I was preparin' myself," Anthony told ESPN's Rachel Nichols in a conversation that aired on Tuesday. "And I had prepared myself to kinda just walk away from the game-- if the right situation didn't come about."

Anthony, who was named the Western Conference player of the week on Monday, is averaging 17.7 points a game since joining the Blazers on Nov. 19th.

"I say that because I know what I can do," Anthony said. "So if I were just to go to a team and to a situation just to be on the team, and it didn't work out, it was gonna come back on me anyway. Like, the blame is gonna be on me anyway. So, a situation like Portland, where I could just come in and just play my game and have a group of guys that really want me, and the organization that want me.

"There's no better feelin' than when you feel wanted. And I think that's what kinda keeps me motivated and understandin', like, this situation is-- it is and was the best situation for me."

The Blazers are 3-3 since Anthony's arrival, but have won three in a row heading into Tuesday's game at Staples Center against the Los Angeles Clippers. Anthony, who played in just 10 games last season as a member of the Houston Rockets, could not find a job until the struggling Blazers came calling two weeks ago.

Throughout his sabbatical from the league, Anthony was outspoken in his belief he could still play, but acknowledges there was a point he thought about retirement after so many teams passed on his services.

"I was ready to walk away, yeah," Anthony said. "It was hard. But there came a point when I was, like, 'You know what? I've given a lot to this game. I played 15, 16 years in this game. I'm ready to give it up, because I just knew that, at that point in time from a basketball standpoint, that narrative that it-- it was already out there. So I'd been fightin' an uphill battle anyway if I didn't go to the right situation."

Anthony says he is not viewing his second chance in the league as a retirement tour. His close friend, former Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, received accolades from throughout the league in his final season a year ago, but Anthony said he didn't sign with the Blazers for that kind of treatment.

He said his body is in a solid place after a year off from the grind of an NBA season.

"I feel good," he said. "Just because I'm 35 years old, and I'm supposed to be, you know, the book says you're supposed to be about to retire around this time? Like-- like, no, I've always been against all odds ... I just had a year off ... I had a year off restin' my body.

"The most important part about that is I rested my mind, right. I got my mind right. And and I don't think people understand how strong that is. When you're able to get your mind right, everything else flows."

Anthony is looking forward to Friday's matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers and close friend LeBron James, but says he would never put James in a situation where he pushed his friend to call on his behalf for a job.

"I never called him and said, 'What're we doin'?' Or 'I need you to do this for me,' " Anthony said. "I would never do that. I would never put him in that situation. I don't know what he's doin' on his side, but I would never put him, as a friend, as a brother, in that situation. Right, and I know for a fact, he would go to bat for me, but I don't feel comfortable putting people in that situation, whether you're my friend or not."

James and Anthony have been playing against each other for almost two decades now -- with another chapter set to be written this week in Portland.

"Those are fun games though, right?" Anthony said. "I mean, we've been-- we're 17 years in. I remember sitting in New Jersey in high school [talking] about playing for the first time, like, we're-- we're here 17 years later still doin' what we do, and what we love."


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