Chargers vs Raiders Prediction - NFL Picks 12/14/23

Las Vegas Raiders (5-8) vs Los Angeles Chargers (5-8)

Game Info: Thursday, December 14, 2023 at 8:15 pm (Allegiant Stadium)

Betting Odds: Las Vegas Raiders +3 -- Over/Under: 34 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Los Angeles Chargers and Los Vegas Raiders face off on Thursday in an NFL showdown at Allegient Stadium. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Chargers vs Raiders prediction.

Justin Herbert Not Expected to Play for Chargers

Justin Herbert is not expected to play in this game after suffering a fractured finger on Sunday against the Denver Broncos. If he can’t go it’s going to be Easton Stick that is going to start here, although it might not matter because the Chargers season is basically over now. The Chargers sit with a 5-8 record overall and they have been nothing but disappointing this season. The Chargers on the season are averaging 21.7 points while their defense is giving up 21.7 points per game. This Chargers has all kind of issues and a lot of it has to do with injuries. Joey Bosa is on IR as he deals with a foot injury. 

Chargers Betting Trends

  • The Chargers have won each of their last two Week 15 games as road underdogs.
  • The Chargers have covered the spread in each of their last four Thursday games as road underdogs.
  • The Chargers have won the first quarter in each of their last three December games as road underdogs.
  • The Chargers have won the first half in each of their last five December games as underdogs.
  • The Chargers have scored the first touchdown in six of their last seven games as road underdogs against AFC West opponents.

How Do the Raiders Get the Offense Going? 

It’s clear at this point that Aidan O’Connell isn’t the long term answer for the Raiders at quarterback. The Raiders faced off against the Minnesota Vikings in the last game and they couldn’t get on the board. The defense gave up only three points the entire game, but that was too much. O’Connell completed 21 of his 32 passes for 171 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception. Overall this season the Raiders are averaging 15.5 points while their defense is giving up 19.9 points per game. The defense is ranked 9th, but this game is going to come down to the offense. 

Raiders Betting Trends

  • The Raiders have lost each of their last three Thursday games as favorites.
  • The Raiders have failed to cover the spread in each of their last six games as favorites following a home loss.
  • The Raiders have lost the first quarter in each of their last four games as favorites against AFC West opponents.
  • The Raiders have lost the first half in each of their last five December games against AFC West opponents.
  • The Raiders have scored the first touchdown in each of their last five games as home favorites.

Chargers vs Raiders Betting Prediction

Points are going to be hard to come by here. The Raiders last game only had three total points scored, and this game is going to be similar. The Raiders are averaging only 15.5 points per game and they are going to really struggle to get the offense going here. The Chargers aren’t going to get a whole lot more offense going with Easton Stick under center. This is a perfect game to take no first touchdown scorer, because I don’t think either team is going to find the end zone. Back the under to cash. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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