Add Cav's covering the Spread vs. Clippers to your Picks

Saturday, December 7, 2013 2:29 PM UTC

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 2:29 PM UTC

It's been a rough start for Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers and tonight they find themselves priced out as dogs against Chris Paul and the Clippers. Can the Clippers get the ball rollling once again without Igoudala? Let's see who makes it as our NBA pick for this game.
<p><b>Odds Overview</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">The Cavaliers are 6.5-point underdogs at home in <a href="/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" title="Live and current NBA odds" target="_blank">the NBA odds</a>. 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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Los Angeles Clippers</b></p> <p><img id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" alt="Image preview" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" src="/picks-pictures/clippersclippersclippessssss.jpg" style="font-size:1em" /><span style="font-size:1em">The Clippers bounced back following back-to-back losses to Indiana and Atlanta by<a href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-picks-clippers-vs-grizzlies-a-35563/" title="Read our preview from this game" target="_blank"> beating Memphis 101-81 on the road</a>. Despite those two defeats, L.A. has managed to go 5-2 SU (4-3 ATS) over their past seven.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Instead of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin dominating the scoring, it was a very balanced effort from Doc Rivers' team.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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.</span></p> <p style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:1em"><em><a href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-picks-saturday-picks-the-day-a-35623/" title="Be sure to check out our picks of the day" target="_blank">NBA Picks: Saturday Picks of the Day</a></em><br /></span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Cleveland Cavaliers</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">However, the momentum couldn't be kept up last night as <a href="" title="Discuss with other bettors how the Cavs have played lately" target="_blank">the Cavaliers lost 108-89 in Atlanta</a> 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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Perhaps getting back to Cleveland will be just what the doctor ordered for Mike Brown's squad.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">The Cavaliers are 5-3 straight up on their home court this season and just scored nice wins over the Nuggets and Bulls.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">NBA Pick</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">All eyes will be on the point guard showdown here.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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 </span><a style="font-size:1em" href="/nba-basketball/" title="Free NBA picks daily" target="_blank">recommended NBA pick</a><span style="font-size:1em"> for Saturday night.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Pick: </b><span style="font-size:1em">Cleveland Cavaliers +6.5</span></p> [gameodds]5/249404/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]
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