Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/26/13
Los Angeles Clippers (20-9) at Portland Trail Blazers (23-5)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 10:30 pm (Rose Garden)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -4 -- Over/Under: 213.5 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers head to Portland on Thursday to face off against the Trail Blazers.
The Portland Trail Blazers are sitting at 23-5 this season as the Trail Blazers have been ripping through the league. Portland is currently ranked first in scoring offense, averaging a very impressive 108.4 points per game this season. The defense is decent, but lacking somewhat and come time for post season play, this could be a real issue for this team. Portland is also one of the better home teams in the league this season, going 11-2 at home this year.
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The Los Angeles Clippers head d to Portland on Thursday with a record of 20-10, while going dead even on the road this season at 8-8. The Clippers, like Portland, the Clippers are very good offensively, ranking fifth in the league with an average of 105 points per game. The big difference is however, the defense. The clippers are ranked 11th in the NBA currently in scoring defense, holding opponents to an average of 99.3 points per game this season. The Clippers also have been playing well as of late, winning four out of their last five.
The Clippers are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games against the West, and the Clippers are also 5-1 against the spread in their last six games overall. Los Angeles is also 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games.
The Portland Trail Blazers are 6-0 against the spread in their last six games on Thursdays, and Portland is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games at home. The over is 9-2-2 in the last 13 meetings between the Clippers and the Trail Blazers in Portland.
Have to take the over in this one. Both teams are outstanding offensively, and while the Clippers are solid on defense as well, the Trail Blazers are not. These two teams will be running the court here on Thursday trying to keep up with one another, and while the odds makers did set this number high, I don’t feel it’s high enough as I could easily see this one hitting the 220 mark.