The Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Clippers will both be trying to pick up a win on Sunday when they battle at STAPLES Center.
Portland At L.A. Clippers
When: 9:30 PM ET, Sunday, January 27, 2013
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, Comcast SportsNet Northwest (Portland), Prime Ticket (Los Angeles)
Prediction: Clippers 106, Trail Blazers 93.
Oddsmakers currently have the Clippers listed as 7-point favorites versus the Trail Blazers, while the game’s total is sitting at 191.
Forward Nicolas Batum delivered his second triple-double of the week with 20 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists in Saturday’s victory. Batum had never previously had a triple-double in his career before having 12 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in Monday’s loss to the Washington Wizards. “I know I’ve got expectations this year, so I have to do so many things on the court so that’s what I try to do,” Batum said. “I can’t promise a triple-double every week, but I try to do something and help the team win every game.”
Team record: 22-21 SU, 20-21-2 ATS
Current streak: won 2 straight games.
The total has gone OVER in 8 of last 11 games on the road
is 14-6 SU in their last 20 games when playing LA Clippers
is 6-3 SU in their last 9 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of last 6 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Dallas are 6-4
After playing LA Clippers are 6-4
After a win are 6-4
Blake Griffin’s double-doubles usually come in the form of points and rebounds. But it was his passing and not his board play that resulted in his latest one as Griffin had 24 points and 10 assists in Saturday’s game. Griffin also had eight rebounds and four steals in a solid all-around game while playing on a tender ankle. The Clippers badly miss Paul’s floor play and leadership skills and the final sequence magnified that. Instead of Paul dribbling and driving or kicking it out to sharpshooter Jamal Crawford, the ball was given to Crawford, who dribbled the ball in place a few times before missing the last-second shot.
The Clippers were a 101-100 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Trail Blazers. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as favorites, while the total score (201) made winners of OVER bettors.
Team record: 32-13 SU, 25-20 ATS
Current streak: lost 4 straight games.
LA Clippers are 14-2 SU in their last 16 games at home
LA Clippers are 18-7 SU in their last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Clippers last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Clippers last 6 games when playing at home against Portland
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Minnesota are 7-3
After playing are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7