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Clippers Face Blazers In Western Conference Showdown In Portland

The Clippers have lost five straight games at the Rose Garden in Portland.

After opening their campaign with an NBA-low six games through the first 16 days of the season, the Los Angeles Clippers open a set of back-to-back games Tuesday night with a trip north to face the Portland Trail Blazers. The Clippers have already defeated Portland once this season, a 93-88 win at Staples Center on January 1.

That was one of just two losses so far for Portland, who hold the second-best record in the Western Conference at 6-2. The Blazers are 5-0 at home this season and have defeated their opponents at the Rose Garden by an average of over 13 points per game. The Clippers have lost their last five games in Portland, but come to town on a three-game winning streak.

Blake Griffin is currently fifth in the NBA in scoring at 24.7 points per game, and has scored at least 20 points in all six games this season. Griffin has had double-doubles in three of his last four games, including dropping 20 and 10 on Portland on New Year's Day.

Tuesday is the start of the first set of back-to-back games this season for the Clippers, who return home to host the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. The Clippers play six games in their next nine days.

Tuesday night's 7 p.m. PST game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more Clippers news and information, be sure to read Clips Nation.