#Betting101: Pouncing on the Post-Griffin Clippers

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Jason Lake

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 7:58 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 7:58 PM GMT

The Los Angeles Clippers have been a strong NBA pick without Blake Griffin in the lineup. They should be even stronger now that Griffin has been traded.

NBA: Clippers A Stronger Pick Without Griffin

They likened him to JFK. They likened him to Gandhi. Then they shipped him out of town like Michael Olowokandi. Six months after getting Blake Griffin to sign the dotted line on a five-year, $173-million contract, the Los Angeles Clippers traded their superstar to the Detroit Pistons. Here are the particulars on Monday’s deal:

To Detroit: Blake Griffin, Willie Reed, Brice Johnson
To Los Angeles: Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, protected 2018 first-round draft pick, 2019 second-round draft pick

If you’ve been reading this space at all, you know what I’m about to say: It’s time to put the Clippers in your NBA picks. We’ve had the opportunity here at the West Coast office to pay close attention to the Clips, and they always managed to outperform expectations whenever Griffin (plus-3.3 BPM) was injured -- which was a lot. Now they’ve got three potentially useful players to add to the mix. As long as the Clippers don’t hold a fire sale (and, perhaps, even if they do), they should be the first team on your NBA betting list until further notice.

The Boban Prophecy

From a personnel standpoint, Harris (plus-0.4 BPM) brings the most immediate value to Los Angeles. He has put up a career-high 20 points per 36 minutes, although I wouldn’t go quite so far as to call this a "career year" for the 25-year-old forward. We’re also not sure when he'll make his L.A. debut after tweaking his left ankle Sunday. However, it looks like Harris will be ready sooner rather than later.

Bradley (minus-4.1 BPM) has played awful basketball this year, his first since the Boston Celtics traded the combo guard to Detroit for Marcus Morris. Maybe it was Stan Van Gundy’s system, or the hamstring/groin injuries that have bothered him all year.

We’re more intrigued by Marjanovic (minus-1.9 BPM), the 7-foot-3 center who has shown so much promise in limited minutes. Again, he was more promising while playing for the San Antonio Spurs two years ago as a rookie. Getting away from Detroit and (we hope) getting more minutes in Los Angeles could make Marjanovic the steal of this deal.

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Or not. As far as the NBA odds are concerned, this is more about taking Griffin out of the Clippers equation, and the betting market over-reacting to his departure. It doesn’t necessarily help our cause that Reed (minus-0.8 BPM) was sent to Detroit as part of the deal, but Harris is more important to L.A. at a position of greater need.

The Clips host the Chicago Bulls on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET. Mark it down, and get ready to lay wood on Los Angeles if the price is right.

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