NBA Betting Picks: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Los Angeles Clippers at Portland Trail Blazers
Saturday, 1/26/13, 10:00 PM EST, TV:  KGW
Opening Point Spread:  Los Angeles -1.5
Current Betting Line:  Portland -1.5
Opening Total:  192
Current Total:  191
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Portland Trail Blazers have never lost three straight home games to the Los Angeles Clippers
The Portland Trail Blazers have never lost three straight home games to the Los Angeles Clippers

Los Angeles has lost and failed to cover the spread in its last three games, including a 93-88 setback to the Phoenix Suns as six-point road favorites, while going UNDER the posted total of 190.5.  The Clippers are averaging 101.2 points per game, but have failed to reach the century mark offensively in a season-high five straight.  “Our offense is stagnant,” stated Clippers forward Blake Griffin.  The squad is 13-7 overall on the road, with a 9-5 record against Western Conference foes.  Los Angeles is 5-2 ATS as an underdog this year, which can’t be ignored when making your pro basketball picks Saturday night.

The Clippers have won three consecutive games against the Trail Blazers, including a 103-90 victory as one-point road underdogs on Nov. 8, while going UNDER the posted total of 201.5.  Los Angeles will likely be without the services of point guard Chris Paul due to a knee injury, but the franchise has managed to compile a winning 6-5 mark without him on the floor dating back to last season.

Portland snapped a six-game losing streak by picking up a 100-80 victory over the Indiana Pacers as one-point home favorites Wednesday night, while going UNDER the total for the third time in four contests.  The Trail Blazers also ended a run of playing 10 consecutive games decided by six points or less, which made things easy for their coaching staff.  “It was refreshing,” stated Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts.  It’s important to note that this franchise has never lost three home games in a row in this series.  Portland is 5-2 ATS as a home favorite of three points or less this season, something to consider when looking over the pro basketball odds page.

The Trail Blazers are led on both ends of the floor by forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who has nine double-doubles in January, which is tied for the second most in the NBA during that period.  Portland’s starting five lead the NBA in scoring, averaging 80.6 points per game, while also knocking down 6.6 3-pointers per game.

Sports bettors will likely back the Trail Blazers due to their 4-0-1 ATS mark versus Western Conference opponents, while the Clippers are 2-7 ATS following a SU loss.

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