LA Clippers versus Toronto Raptors Pick Prediction NBA Pro Basketball Odds Preview 12-9-2012

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The 4-16 Toronto Raptors will travel to face the 13-6 LA Clippers in an NBA pro basketball game on Sunday afternoon. Tip off time from Staples Center in Los Angeles is set for 3:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.

The NBA betting odds from this game has the home team LA Clippers favored by -11 ½ points with an over under line of 196 ½ points. There has been no line movement in this game since the odds opened up a few hours ago.

The teams met once during the lockout shortened season a year ago with the Clippers posting the 103-91 home win against the Raptors as a -9 ½ point betting favorite. The total landed over 183 ½ points. The Clippers at home average 104 points and hits on 49 1/2 % from the field.

The Raptors will be playing their four game of this five game east coast trip. Toronto is 0-3 on the trip and has lost nine of their past ten games. Their defense has been atrocious as the club has allowed 114 points per game in their past five road games all involving in losses. They are 30th and last in the NBA in scoring defense allowing 103 points a game. It hit rock bottom on Friday as the Raptors fell at Utah 131-99 as a +6 ½ point underdog. Toronto is 1-12 straight up on the road this season.

The Clippers are on a home back to back on Sunday. They have won five straight games and in their past three games have won by 18 points or greater. They faced a tired Phoenix Suns team on Saturday afternoon and with a strong fourth quarter earns the 117-99 win as a -10 point favorite. We have seen the Clippers struggle earlier in the season against lesser teams but recently they have brought good efforts against downtrodden clubs. The Clippers held only a 2 point lead after three quarters and outscore the Suns 32-16 in the final quarter in the win.

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