Blake Griffin and the Pacific West Division leading Los Angeles Clippers (14-7) travel to Orlando as he anticipates a muscle to muscle matchup with one of the strongest big men that the NBA's ever seen, Dwight Howard.
is scheduled for 7:00 pm ET at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.
a 15-9 record, NBA odds makers opened with the the Magic as a 1 point favorite at home
with a total of 192. Early sports betting action quickly turned things around, and now the Clippers hold the 1 point advantage with a total of 190.
With the alot of line movement at the sportsbooks, should we follow the public when it comes to making our NBA picks? Join me as we preview both teams and decide who will have the edge in this matchup.
Magic have managed to show some life lately, with 3 consecutive wins after some
really poor outings. They'll be tested on Monday as the Clippers have managed
to dethrone the Los Angeles Lakers as the best and most interesting team in the
city of Angels.
surprised that the Magic have been able to win 3 straight with all of the dissention
going on in their locker room. Saying that Dwight Howard is the Magic's best
player is an understatement, but the team moral has been low due to the fact
that Howard hasn't hidden his displeasure as he makes it clear that he wants to get out of Orlando.
like J.J. Redick and Hedo Turkoglu haven't been consistent this season. One night the Magic might get 15 point from each player and the next, a mere 2 points. The Magic have had some real low scoring outputs in some
losses, and it was reported that after one loss in the locker room, Turkoglu and
Redick were talking and actually said "we stink".
doesn't keep much of a pokerface either where the camera is concerned. In one
bad beating, the camera was focused on him on the bench and he actually looked
at J.J. Redick as to say, "focus the blame over there!"
a NBA betting perspective, you look at the Magic as a 1 point underdog and at home
against a young team and think this is a good spot for a 4th consecutive win
but beware, this is a team that's unpredictable.
Ryan Anderson has really lifted his game this season, and even
Dwight Howard couldn't complain about his commitment to this team. Anderson is a consistent player that averages
16.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, and a reliable 85.7% from the free throw line.
Anderson has given a weak offensive team like Orlando, who averages 92.2 points
per game, some much needed offense. Even for a big man, he manages to be productive from
anywhere on the court.
Anderson averages a sizzling 43% from 3 point range
this season, and he can be found at a bargain price for you fantasy leaguers out
there. He's basically a second tier player that's underestimated. The Magic
will desperately need his offense in this game.
you look at the Los Angeles Clippers, you see a loaded group of young
gunslingers. This is a deep and talented group of players. This is an
energetic team with various players that could light the scoreboard up on any
Even with all of the young talent, everyone knows that this is Blake Griffin's team and each player knows
their role. Aside from one poor outing from CP3, this team is starting to blend
well as Paul gradually becomes a greater part of the team. Chris Paul and Blake
Griffin are starting to become more familiar with each other, and when they're
playing at peak level, it's simply "Magic" (no pun intended).
Paul is slight in build, but can do anything on the court. The Clippers need his
offense but expect his ball distribution to be on point. He hasn't disappointed
as he's averaged 8.9 assists per game. If the shots aren't dropping, CP3 can
always be expected to still deliver the ball in the right situations. Of course
the Clippers could use a center like Dwight Howard, but Chris Paul was the
piece that was needed to make this team a title contender.
6 foot 10, Ryan Anderson plays more of an outside game while for the Clippers,
they have Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan to protect against Dwight Howard.
The Clippers will have the edge on the inside but this could be a question of
"who can stay out of foul trouble?”
Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard are
equally awful from the charity stripe, and these are two players that usually
see the foul line more than 10 times a game each. Griffin is shooting 48.7%
from the line while Howard is shooting 48.6%.
head to head trends
are 0-8-1 in their last 9 meetings vs. Orlando
is 17-2-2 in their last 21 games between these two teams
are some very decisive trends and I tend to ignore the second one as the
Clippers are just a 1 point betting favorite.
the Magic win four Straight?
should be a close game and Dwight Howard will need support in this spot, but
look for the Magic, who have been playing with confidence, to eke out a win against
an up and coming young team that will eventually reach elite status.
night pick is Orlando +1