Fresh off a 106 – 92 win over the Phoenix Suns, the Blazers make the 2 hour flight down to California to battle Los Angeles' second act, the Clippers. This is a bit of a trap game for Portland. Not only are they playing the second of a back-to-back, last year's number one pick, Blake Griffin, is making his NBA debut. The Clipper fans should be out in full force tonight.
The Clippers starting 5 is formidable this season: Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Ryan Gomes and Blake Griffin. Their problem is that once you get past the starting 5, their bench is full of scrubs: Rasul Butler, Randy Foye, Jarron Collins, DeAndre Jordan. Not much to worry about there.
Griffin can't shoot freethrows to save his life. If he goes off tonight look for the Blazers to use their depth to send him to the line.
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Last night I correctly took the Blazers -7 over the Suns making me 1 – 0 this season.
Blazers -2.5 Clippers.
This is the second game in two days, but it's also the second game of the season. I don't see legs being an issue here. The Blazers start their 4 game road trip off with a win.
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