The Cavaliers are 6.5-point underdogs at home in the NBA odds. Maybe their 6-13 SU and 5-14 ATS records have something to do with that. Meanwhile, the Clippers are 13-7 SU and 11-9 ATS on the year.
If you're interested in perhaps making a play on the total, the O/U is at either 197 or 197.5. The OVER is 11-9 for L.A's games so far, while the UNDER is 11-8 in those involving Cleveland.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers bounced back following back-to-back losses to Indiana and Atlanta by beating Memphis 101-81 on the road. Despite those two defeats, L.A. has managed to go 5-2 SU (4-3 ATS) over their past seven.
In the win over the Grizzlies, the Clippers took advantage of a team missing two starters in Marc Gasol and Tony Allen. They shot 47.5 percent overall and were hitting at a great rate (55.0 percent) from three-point range.
Instead of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin dominating the scoring, it was a very balanced effort from Doc Rivers' team.
Six different Clippers scored at least 10 points. Paul had 15 points, eight assists, four rebounds and two steals, while Griffin racked up 14 points, nine boards, five dimes and a steal. The other standout performance came from DeAndre Jordan, who had 10 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and two steals in 36 minutes of action.
Rivers has put these guys in great positions to make the best of their offensive ability – they're ranked fourth in the NBA in offensive efficiency. They're also starting to gel better on the defensive end, as they're up to 15th in efficiency these days.
Things were looking up for Cleveland after consecutive victories over Chicago (97-93) and Denver (98-88). They covered the NBA betting spreads in both wins.
However, the momentum couldn't be kept up last night as the Cavaliers lost 108-89 in Atlanta as six-point underdogs. It was a mismatch from the start, as the Hawks out-scored Cleveland 37-20 in the first quarter and were up 63-43 at halftime.
On a night where Kyrie Irving was awful (0 points on 0-of-9 FG), Dion Waiters and Andrew Bynum stepped up. Waiters hit 13-of-20 shots for a game-high 30 points, while Bynum had 20 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks in the defeat.
Perhaps getting back to Cleveland will be just what the doctor ordered for Mike Brown's squad.
The Cavaliers are 5-3 straight up on their home court this season and just scored nice wins over the Nuggets and Bulls.
All eyes will be on the point guard showdown here.
Paul and Irving are two of the best in the business and we'll soon find out who will win the battle and lead their team to a win.
The Clippers are a little short-handed right now, with the likes of JJ Redick (hand) and Matt Barnes (eye) out of action. Those are big losses, as L.A's strength in depth has now pretty much disappeared.
With that said, we think there's value to be had on Cleveland. We think the Cavaliers will get up for this game and at least make a game of it, making them our recommended NBA pick for Saturday night.
Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers +6.5[gameodds]5/249404/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]