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Clippers Near Top Of The NBA Where It Counts

The Los Angeles Clippers have been hot of late, winning 11 of 15 games before last night's road loss in Portland to the Trail Blazers. After a horrid 1-13 start, the Clippers are 15-13, pushing themselves to the outer edge of playoff contention. Even after the loss, the Clippers stand just six games behind Portland in the loss column for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.

In all likelihood, the Clippers won't be reaching the postseason this year. After all, they are simply too far behind to make a run, and they have a hellish stretch of games coming up. The Clippers are just 3-13 on the road this season, and they have an 11-game road trip that takes up almost the entire month of February. However, the Clippers are near the top of the Western Conference against the point spread. The Clippers are 23-18-1 against the spread this season, the fourth-best record in the conference. Here is a look at the conference standings, from a gambling standpoint. Point spread data is provided by our friends at Odds Shark:

Western Conference Against The Spread
Team Win-Loss Win Pct
Spurs 25-16-1 .607
Grizzlies 25-16-1 .607
Warriors 23-18 .561
Clippers 23-18-1 .560
Hornets 23-18-2 .558
Thunder 22-20 .524
Blazers 22-20-2 .523
Rockets 21-20-2 .512
Mavericks 20-20-2 .500
Jazz 20-21-1 .488
T-Wolves 20-23 .465
Suns 17-22-1 .438
Lakers 19-25 .432
Nuggets 16-22-3 .427
Kings 15-24-1 .388

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