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Pointspread favors Clippers in battle with Cavaliers

Cleveland CavaliersLos Angeles Clippers
26-40March 16, 2014, 09:30 | STAPLES Center47-20

Los Angeles will look to improve on its 47-20 record on Sunday when they host Cleveland in NBA odds action at STAPLES Center.

The Clippers sport a record of 47-20 and 38-28-1 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Cavaliers sit at 26-40 and 30-36 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 35-30-2 for the Clippers and 29-36-1 for the Cavaliers. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). View Cleveland Cavaliers vs Los Angeles Clippers Odds and Stats.

The Cavaliers were listed as 12.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 207 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Clippers at No. 1 and the Cavaliers at No. 23 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 101-90 result in favor of the Clippers.

Last time out for Cleveland, they were a 103-94 winner as they battled the Warriors on the road. The Cavaliers covered in the match as a 9-point underdog, while 197 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Spencer Hawes scored 22 points and added 13 rebounds for a double-double, leading Cleveland over Golden State, 103-94, on Friday at Oracle Arena.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 96-87 winner on the road against the Jazz. They earned a push of the 9-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (183) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Blake Griffin scored 20 points leading the Clippers to a 96-87 victory over Utah at EnergySolutions Arena on Friday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 1-ranked offense (107.69 PPG) against a Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 16 at 101.45 PPG. The Clippers have averaged 47.65% from the field per game, more than the Cavaliers have managed so far this season (42.85% on average).

A few Cavaliers at Clippers trends to consider:
Cleveland is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Cleveland is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Cleveland is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Cleveland is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road
LA Clippers is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games
LA Clippers is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of LA Clippers's last 8 games
LA Clippers is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Cleveland home to Miami, Tuesday, March 18th
Los Angeles at Denver, Monday, March 17th