Avoid Injured Kings & Take Visiting Clippers as Short Favorites With Your NBA Picks

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 2:42 PM GMT

Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2015 2:42 PM GMT

The Clippers have Blake Griffin back in the fold now and that's a massive boost. Will he be able to help L.A. to a second win in as many nights in tonight's encounter with the Kings? Check out the NBA odds inside.

Odds Overview
The Clippers are the clear-cut favorites on the road for tonight's game in Sacramento, with the top online sportsbooks posting a spread of eight. That seems to be a firm number for now, but there's a lot of time remaining for the odds to shift further, so keep checking the NBA odds throughout the day to check out the movement.

This should be one of the higher-scoring games of the night and the odds are in agreement. The total is trading at 212.5 right now.

 

Sacramento Kings
The Kings are a mess right now and are a team that we don't really want any part of it. They've lost three in a row, seven of their last eight and are a dreadful 6-23 over their last 29 games. Overall they're at 22-44 on the year.

George Karl was recently brought on board as the new coach, and he hasn't made much of an impact, at least so far. We know Sacramento is building for the future and is pretty much tanking from here on out, but it would have been nice to see the Kings show some positive signs with Karl now roaming the sidelines. Instead, the losses have piled up, along with the injuries.

As it stands right now, both DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay are questionable for tonight's contest. That's obviously a situation we're going to have to monitor, as those are Sacramento's two best players. If they're available, the Kings have a much better chance of at least staying competitive, though we still wouldn't love their chances even then. 

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Los Angeles Clippers
Following a hard-fought two-point loss at home to James Harden and the Rockets, the Clippers got back on track with a 99-92 win over Charlotte last night. As a team, Chris Paul and company shot 45.5 percent from the floor, 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the charity stripe, though that last number is skewed by DeAndre Jordan's poor shooting (surprise, surprise).

Paul finished with 21 points and eight assists, J.J. Redick hit 10-of-17 shots en route to 23 points, and Blake Griffin put up 19 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals in the win. Having Griffin back with the team is a huge lift to a team that needed one, and he's immediately come back to contribute big numbers - it also doesn't look like he's on any kind of minute restriction.

Los Angeles is 43-25 overall, putting them dead even with the Dallas Mavericks and just one game up on San Antonio. The Clippers haven't been nearly as good on the road (18-15) as at home, but it's not like they're going to have to be at their best to get a win against the struggling Kings this evening.

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NBA Pick
We have to roll with the Clippers tonight, though this is more of a fade of the Kings than anything else.

With little to play for and injuries piling up, Sacramento is a team to avoid right now. Cousins is banged up in a big way and it remains to be seen if he'll even play, while Gay and Collison are out. 

We have a hard time seeing how the Kings are going to keep up offensively with the Clippers, especially since they've been playing at a breakneck pace under new coach George Karl. Los Angeles should run away with this thing if it becomes anything remotely close to a shootout, so we feel great about the road team's chances of an ATS cover for our NBA picks.

NBA Pick: Los Angeles Clippers -7.5 at BetOnline

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