In a battle of West vs. East, the Wizards continue their West coast swing tonight in LA. While the Clippers had the night off last night, Washington was able to get a much needed win on the road in Denver.
Wizards vs. Clippers
Not many have won or covered
this season when in Nugget land. So, after their big road win, will Washington have enough to cover
another double-digit spread? Privilege
Washington healthy at last
John Wall is still coming off the bench and getting his legs back under him, it
was the Bradley Beal show last night in Denver, as no one had an answer for the
rookie shooting guard. Beal dropped 23 points, and I’m starting to wonder why I
ever doubted him. It was just because of Washington’s horrible draft history,
but the backcourt in Washington looks to be set for the next 10 years.
Wizards players scored in double figures, including 14 from Wall in 26
minutes off the bench. This will be Wall’s first back to back game since coming
back from injury, and after playing 26 minutes last night, I’m not sure how
much the Wiz’s trainers and coaches will want to put on him. There is a shot he
sits altogether, which we have seen some of this season when it comes to young
stars coming back from injury. The back to back is rough on anyone let alone a
guy who had surgery on his knee about 4 months ago.
Wizards also just got back Jordan Crawford last night, and he added in 8 points
in 17 minutes. Will Washington have a hangover from last night, or will they
continue their momentum into tonight against the Clippers?
Clippers hanging strong
Paul has missed the Clippers last three games with a bruised right kneecap, but
LA has kept on winning. The Clippers won all three games so far without him,
and all of them were on the road against solid teams. Tonight against the
Wizards might be the game he comes back as well. No official word has been
released just yet, but he was a game time decision in their last game, so he is
close. I imagine he’ll be back on the court at home tonight to face the
Odds for this one favor the Clippers by -12 ½, with a total of just under
200 points at 197. The Wizards covered a +10 spread last night by winning
outright, so the Clippers need to be on their guard. The Wizards have been
really good ATS recently, winning eight of their last ten games ATS. Will that
slow down tonight?
The Sharp Pick
want to fade the Clippers with this pick, but with the uncertainty of Paul, and
the way Washington has been playing recently, I can’t recommend it. The only
way I would recommend the Clippers laying so many points is if Paul is
definitely playing. Also, if word comes out that Wall might not play very much
off the back to back, that would sway me as well.
stands now however, my NBA free pick iswith the Clippers on the first half
point spread. A solid formula for success is fading teams in the first half who
played the night before, and that’s exactly what I’m doing here. The spread
looks like a wash without further information on statuses, and while I do
slightly like the total; I think that is risky as well.
Free NBA Picks: Clippers -7 1H