NBA Picks: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Clippers
Tuesday, 4/16/13, 10:30 PM EST, TV: TNT
Opening Point Spread: Los Angeles -14
Current Betting Line: Los Angeles -14
Opening Total: 202.5
Current Total: 202.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Portland has lost 12 games in a row, including a 118-109 setback to the Denver Nuggets as 15-point road underdogs Sunday, while going OVER the posted total of 208.5. The Trail Blazers have lost their games by an average of 14.4 points during their current rough period, as they continue to play without numerous starters. “Without having any other starters, they paid a lot more attention to me,” commented Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard. He finished with 30 points and is averaging 19.1 in his first season in the league. Portland is 11-29 SU and 16-22-2 ATS on the road, which is important to consider when making your NBA picks against the spread.
The Trail Blazers haven’t dropped consecutive season series against the Clippers since 2005-06 and 2006-07, but they’ve lost two of three meetings this season. Five of the last six meetings in this series have been decided by 10 points or fewer, but Portland suffered a 96-83 setback to Los Angeles as 8.5-point road underdogs in the last meeting on Jan. 27.
Los Angeles has won five games in a row, including a 91-87 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies as two-point road underdogs last Saturday, while going UNDER the total for a second consecutive contest. The Clippers continue to fight in trying to gain home-court advantage for their first-round matchup in the 2013 NBA playoffs, as they’ll likely take on the Grizzlies. “If we want home court, we control it,” stated Clippers point guard Chris Paul. Los Angeles is 9-2 SU and 6-5 ATS as home favorites of 12.5 or more points, which is important to note when looking over the NBA betting lines Tuesday.
The Clippers are 31-9 overall at the Staples Center this season, including a 19-6 mark versus conference foes. Los Angeles has compiled a 19-9 record since Feb. 10, which is the fifth-best mark in the NBA in that span. Offensively, the team is averaging 115.3 points and 54.3 percent shooting during its three-game winning streak in front of its home fans.
Sports bettors will likely back the Clippers due to their 7-1 ATS mark at home versus a team with a losing road record, while the Trail Blazers are 2-10 ATS versus conference rivals.
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