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Chargers Eye Playoff Berth in Season Finale with Slumping Raiders

The Los Angeles Chargers will be desperate for a win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive as they close out their 2017 schedule with a matchup against the division rival Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center. The Chargers return home after eking out a 14-7 win over the New York Jets as 6.5-point favorites, while the Raiders dropped a 19-10 decision in Philadelphia on Christmas night.

Shark Bites
  • The Chargers are 2-7 ATS in their last nine games at home in December.
  • The Raiders are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games as road underdogs.
  • The Raiders are 3-12 SU in their last 15 games against their division on the road.

The Chargers have won SU in five of six contests overall, and are also unbeaten in four straight home dates. The Los Angeles defense has held opponents to 13 or fewer points in four of five outings, extending a prolific 9-1 run for the UNDER in totals betting. However, the Chargers have produced uneven results ATS, going 2-2 in their past four, and 3-4 in seven home outings this season.

The Raiders have struggled during their three-game SU slide, averaging just 10.66 points per game, and have now seen the UNDER prevail in six straight outings. Oakland has also been a risky bet at the sportsbooks, going 3-4-2 ATS in its past nine, but ended a five-game ATS slide on the road by covering as a 10-point underdog in last week’s loss in Philadelphia.

Los Angeles ended a four-game SU losing streak against the Raiders with a 17-16 win in Oakland as a 3-point underdog in Week 6. The Chargers have struggled to reward sports bettors in recent home dates with Oakland, going 1-7 ATS in eight meetings. In addition, these two squads have combined to tally an average of just 34 ppg in their past two matchups.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Oddsmakers at Bovada had the Los Angeles Chargers as 7-point favorites in the game, while the betting total was sitting at 47.5.

NFL prediction models run by the computers at OddsShark picked a 32-11 result in favor of the Chargers earlier in the week. Watch matchup reports and the picks page for any changes due to injuries or suspensions this week. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Oakland Raiders vs Los Angeles Chargers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Los Angeles will face the 6-9 Oakland Raiders, who own a 5-8-2 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Chargers are 4-11 so far this season while the Raiders are 5-10. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Oakland injuries news.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Chargers at No. 9 and the Raiders at No. 21 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 17-ranked offense, averaging 21.67 PPG, against a Raiders defense that ranks No. 19 this week at 22.87 PPG. The Chargers aerial game is averaging 270.07 yards per game, more than the Raiders secondary allows through the air, 231.8 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Raiders own the league's No. 20-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 121.29 yards per game when on the road. Los Angeles, on the other hand, rates No. 23 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, the Raiders were Week 16 losers coming out on the wrong end of a 19-10 score against Philadelphia.

In their last game, the Chargers were Week 16 winners, coming out on top of the Jets by a score of 14-7.

Betting Trends
  • Oakland is 3-8-2 ATS in its last 13 games
  • Oakland is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games
  • Oakland is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Los Angeles is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games
  • Los Angeles is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 5 games
  • Los Angeles is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games at home