Pro Basketball Picks: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Washington Wizards
Los Angeles Clippers at Washington Wizards
Monday, 2/4/13, 7:00 PM EST, TV: PRIME
Opening Point Spread: Los Angeles -3
Current Betting Line: Los Angeles -3
Opening Total: 188
Current Total: 188
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Los Angeles has dropped back-to-back games, including a 106-104 setback to the Boston Celtics as one-point road favorites Sunday, while going OVER the total for the first time in four contests. “We’re just a little out of rhythm,” commented Clippers forward Matt Barnes. The Clippers should definitely be respected in this spot when looking over the pro basketball odds page, considering they’ve averaged 108.0 points per game in winning eight consecutive meetings versus the Wizards. Los Angeles is 2-8 ATS as road favorites of three points or less this season, with the OVER going 7-3 in that situation.
The Clippers are 14-10 overall on the road, including an even 4-4 mark versus Eastern Conference opponents. Los Angeles will need a big game from forward Blake Griffin to cover this number, as he’s averaged 24.0 points and 11.8 rebounds in five career games in this series. It’s important to note that the franchise has compiled a 30-62 combined record on its Grammy road trip since 2000.
Washington has dropped four games in a row due to failing to score more than 95 points in that stretch, as it comes off a 96-86 defeat to the San Antonio Spurs as 12.5-point road underdogs last Saturday. “We’re not a team that can just turn it on in the second half,” stated Wizards point guard John Wall. The Wizards are 8-14 at home this season, including a 3-6 mark versus Western Conference foes. Washington is 3-1 ATS after playing three consecutive road games this season, with the UNDER going 3-1 in that situation.
The Wizards suffered a 94-87 loss as 12-point road underdogs in their first meeting with the Clippers this year, while going UNDER the total for a third consecutive matchup in the series. Wall has averaged 22.6 points in five career games versus Los Angeles, which is his highest scoring average versus any opponent in the league. He is averaging 14.5 points and 6.5 assists in six starts this season.
Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, as the OVER is 5-1 in the Clippers last six games when playing on zero days rest.
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