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Trail Blazers take on Cavaliers in hoops contest

Portland Trail BlazersCleveland Cavaliers
21-4December 17, 2013, 07:00 | Quicken Loans Arena9-14

The Cleveland Cavaliers host Portland on Tuesday, looking to build on their 9-14 mark against the 21-4 Trail Blazers in NBA action at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Trail Blazers will try to spoil the party on Tuesday; they are 18-7 ATS against the number this season, while the Cavaliers are 9-14 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injury news). Portland is 18-7 on the totals; Cleveland is 11-12.

View Portland Trail Blazers vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Cavaliers as 5.5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 205, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Cavaliers at No. 26 and the Trail Blazers at No. 1 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 100-88 result in favor of the Trail Blazers.

The Trail Blazers were a 111-109 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Pistons. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (220) made winners of OVER bettors. Portland got 27 points and 12 rebounds from LaMarcus Aldridge en route to a 111-109 victory over Detroit on Sunday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Cavaliers were a 114-107 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Heat. They covered the 12.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (221) made winners of OVER bettors. The Cavaliers endured a 114-107 loss at the hands of the Heat on Saturday, despite a 19-point effort from Kyrie Irving at AmericanAirlines Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Cleveland's No. 25-ranked offense, averaging 94.43 PPG, against a Trail Blazers defense that ranks No. 19 at 100.64 PPG. The Cavaliers field goal percentage has averaged 42.6% so far, less than the Trail Blazers shooters have achieved on the year, 45.93% per game.

A few Trail Blazers at Cavaliers trends to consider:
Portland is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
Portland is 19-2 SU in its last 21 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Portland's last 10 games
Portland is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
Cleveland is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Cleveland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games
Cleveland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Portland at Minnesota, Wednesday, December 18th
Cleveland home to Milwaukee, Friday, December 20th