Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 2/12/14
Portland Trail Blazers (36-15) at Los Angeles Clippers (36-18)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -7.5 -- Over/Under: 216.5 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers square off on Wednesday night in what looks to be an entertaining battle.
Head to head, the Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles. The Clippers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a SU win of more than 10 points, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % of above .600. The Trail Blazers on the other hand are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Western Conference, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Pacific and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U record.
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I thought long and hard about taking Portland and the points in this one, but the over looks too tempting to pass up. Now 216 points is a lot for an NBA game, but we are taking about the two best offensive teams in the league here. If you combine their season averages, it comes to just under 215 points, which just shows you that 216 is very achievable and if the Los Angeles Clippers recent home games are any indication, then this one could surpass 230 total points when it’s all said and done.
To say the Clippers have been on fire on the offensive end in the past month would be an understatement as they have gone over 110 points in 12 of their past 16 games (with one of those games finishing on 109 points). They are coming off a 123 point outing against Philly on Sunday and have averaged 117 in their last four games overall. While the 76ers could only muster up 73 points on Sunday, their previous home game against the Toronto Raptors finished on 223 total points and their previous game at STAPLES against the Miami Heat finished on 228. While the Portland Trail Blazers could only manage 95 points in their home loss against Oklahoma City last night, they did put up 117 in their previous game in Minnesota and 113 against Indiana last Friday, granted, that game went into extra time.
Truth be told, the Trial Blazers are probably having their worst two weeks of the season from a scoring stand, but I don’t think it really matters because virtually every Clippers home game these days is a shoot out. If Toronto and Washington can come into STAPLES Center and score over 210 total points, then so can Portland...
Dan’s Pick: Over 216.5