We all know the Clippers are capable of blowing out anyone when they're on their game, but we're not sure they deserve handicappers' love this evening against the Pacers. Our NBA odds preview can be found inside.
Along with the Raptors, who'll be at home against the banged up Nets, the Clippers are the biggest favorites on the NBA odds board for Wednesday. LA is favored by 11 points right now, though there's a lot of time left for the spreads to change leading up until tipoff.
An O/U of 201.5 is on the board for now. We've got two contrasting styles here, however, as the Clippers are known for their offensive prowess, while the Pacers have relied on their defensive intensity throughout the season.
Los Angeles Clippers
Returning home to sunny LA was just what the doctor ordered for the Clippers. They had just wrapped up a rather unsuccessful three-game road trip in which they went 1-2 with losses to the Wizards and Bucks.
But, Monday was a different story, as LA thoroughly dominated Detroit in a 113-91 win at home. The Clippers shot 53.8 percent from the floor and were 12-of-24 (50 percent) from beyond the arc. All five of LA's starters reached double figures in scoring, with DeAndre Jordan going off for 16 points and 15 rebounds in one of his better all-around games this season.
The Clippers, who are 9-3 inside Staples Center this season, are scoring 106.7 points per game on average, while allowing 99.8 points per contest (17th in the NBA) on the other end. They could stand to improve their defensively, but more often than not their excellent efficiency under Chris Paul has made up for it.
The Pacers check in at 8-17 overall this season. Yes, it's not the prettiest of records, but Indiana is getting healthy again and they have a much better chance of reaching the playoffs in the watered down Eastern Conference. We wouldn't count them out just yet.
Frank Vogel had to be thrilled with what he got out of his team in Monday's demolition of Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. Indiana was up by 33 at half and cruised to the win with little resistance. In all, the Pacers shot 48.2 percent overall, 41.2 percent from beyond the arc and 85.2 percent from the line. The Pacers held the Lakers to a miserable 33.0 percent shooting from the field in the blowout victory.
We've said it countless times before, but it bears repeating. Indiana's success has come on the glass and on the defensive end of the floor. The Pacers are averaging 46.0 rebounds per game, which is the second-best mark in the NBA, and they're allowing 97.2 points per game on average, which ranks them eighth. Vogel's crew will have their hands full with CP3 and company tonight, but we'll see soon enough if they'll be able to cope.
It's never an easy call to fade the Clippers, as they can truly be unstoppable when they get things clicking on the offensive end. They've got as dangerous of a team as you'll find in the NBA and it typically doesn't take much for them to get hot and pull away.
Nonetheless, we've been really impressed with the Pacers' fight throughout the season. They've refused to feel sorry for themselves, in spite of the fact they've had every reason to, and have been battling hard each and every night. Indiana has pulled off some great wins already despite being shorthanded, and we think they'll start to turn things around now that they're starting to get healthy again (Paul George aside).
Obviously, scoring a straight up win will take a herculean effort, but we do think Indiana covers this large spread. Add the Pacers as double-digit underdogs to your NBA picks for Wednesday Night.
Free NBA Pick: Indiana Pacers +11 at BetOnline