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Clippers visit Trail Blazers in hoops battle

Los Angeles ClippersPortland Trail Blazers
20-10December 26, 2013, 10:30 | Rose Garden23-5

Portland looks to cover the Trail Blazers-Clippers pointspread on Thursday and improve its overall 23-5 mark when they host Los Angeles in NBA action.

The Clippers will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 18-12 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Trail Blazers are 18-10 ATS. Los Angeles is 14-15-1 against the total, while Portland is 21-7 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Los Angeles Clippers vs Portland Trail Blazers Odds and Stats.

The Clippers were listed as 4-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 213 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Trail Blazers at No. 2 and the Clippers at No. 4 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 102-101 result in favor of the Trail Blazers.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 105-103 loser on the road against the Warriors. They covered the 3-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (208) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Chris Paul poured in 26 points and chipped in with 11 assists in a losing cause for Los Angeles on Wednesday, as the Warriors rolled to a 105-103 victory over Los Angeles at Oracle Arena.

The Trail Blazers were a 110-107 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Pelicans. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as favorites, while the total score (217) made winners of OVER bettors. New Orleans was scorched by Damian Lillard for 29 points as the Trail Blazers defated the Pelicans 110-107 in NBA action on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Portland's No. 1-ranked offense, averaging 108.39 PPG, against a Clippers defense that ranks No. 11 at 99.27 PPG. The Trail Blazers field goal percentage has averaged 45.67% so far, less than the Clippers shooters have achieved on the year, 46.56% per game.

Next up:
Los Angeles home to Utah, Saturday, December 28th
Portland home to Miami, Saturday, December 28th