The Cleveland Cavaliers nor the Los Angeles Clippers are doing anything productive this season in terms of making the playoffs, but a win today could boost their morale.
New Faces Returning to Old Places
The Cavs and
Clippers made the one trade that made absolutely no sense to anyone right
before the NBA's trade deadline. Cleveland shipped off Mo Williams and Jamario
Moon to the Clip Joint in exchange for Baron Davis.
Baron Davis had been on
the injury report for "personal" reasons over the course of the last
few games, but he came back and played on Thursday at the Portland Trail
Blazers in a disgusting 111-70 defeat. Davis scored just three points in 15
minutes on the court. In his four games this year with the Cavs, Davis is
averaging 14.2 PPG and 4.2 APG.
The LA Clippers
seemed to make out well in this trade. Though Moon is only playing sparingly,
Williams has embraced his new role as a leader on this team. He is scoring 16.9
PPG and is accounting for 5.8 APG since the trade, numbers of which pale in
comparison to those of the man he was traded for.
Crushing Injuries to Both Sides
The time has to
come that Eric Gordon has to get back in the lineup for the Clippers, though we
know that the team could run the table for the rest of the season and
still not make the playoffs. Gordon has
only played in 43 games this season thanks to a wrist injury, and though he is
expected to be back soon, Saturday doesn't seem like it is going to be the day
of his return.
Gordon is leading the team in scoring at 23.7 PPG, and between
he and Blake Griffin, Los Angeles finally has something to smile about not
named Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, or Phil Jackson.
For the Cleveland Cavaliers, the
year has really been a disaster without LeBron James in the fold, but even LBJ
probably wouldn't have been able to help out in a season in which Anderson
Varejao has already missed 20 games and Antawn Jamison has now been out for
eight. These two men were real cogs in this lineup, and now, men like JJ
Hickson, Anthony Park, and Ramon Sessions are left to be team leaders.
Stacking Up the NBA Betting Lines
The Clippers might
only be 26-43 on the season, but they are playing surprisingly well at home
this year, going 18-16, which will help to give them the edge on the NBA odds boards. They're also 11-3 ATS over the course of their last 14
home games. LA is also 7-2 ATS in its last nine home games against teams with a
road winning percentage of .400 or less.
Cleveland is 9-4
ATS in its last 13 games when playing on one day of rest, but it is also just
1-5 ATS in its last six overall and 1-5 ATS in its last six against the Western
Back the Clip Joint on NBA Odds
The Clippers might
only be 2-7 ATS in the last nine meetings in this series, but the home team has
covered six in a row. The Cavs are also just 2-5 ATS in their last seven trips
to Staples Center when the court has been decked out in red and blue instead of
gold and purple.