Clippers Go Buck Hunting, Will Complete Season Sweep

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Matthew Jordan

Monday, March 26, 2018 4:52 PM UTC

Monday, Mar. 26, 2018 4:52 PM UTC

The Milwaukee Bucks start a big four-game road trip through the Western Conference at the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night (10:30 ET) on TNT.

Milwaukee (39-34, 29-39-5 ATS) at LA Clippers (39-34, 39-33-1 ATS)Free NBA Pick: ClippersBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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Eight games on the Tuesday NBA schedule, with the late tip featuring the Bucks making their only visit to the Clippers at 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT. My cohort Jason will have a preview of the first TNT game of the night, Cavaliers at Heat, here at SBR.

Milwaukee is 15-11 against the Western Conference this season, one of only four teams in the Eastern Conference to have a winning record against the West. However, the Bucks were upset at home by the Clippers last Wednesday, 127-120. DeAndre Jordan – more on him in a second – dominated with 25 points and 22 rebounds. Austin Rivers had 22 points. Milwaukee might win that game if superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo hadn’t left in the second quarter for good with a sprained ankle. He had 12 points. Khris Middleton paced Milwaukee with 23 points.

Meanwhile, the Bucks are 26-33 all-time at the Clippers. The underdog is 6-2 ATS in the past eight meetings.

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Super Freaky!

At last month’s trade deadline, many thought the Clippers were going to deal Jordan after surprisingly sending Blake Griffin to Detroit in late January. While Griffin was under contract long term, Jordan will certainly opt out of his deal this summer and hit free agency. Better to potentially get something for him. Alas, for whatever reason the Clippers opted to keep Jordan.

One reportedly very interested party was the Bucks as they wanted an upgrade in the middle over the combo of John Henson and Thon Maker. That would have made Milwaukee pretty scary alongside the Freak, Eric Bledsoe, Jabari Parker (assuming he wasn’t part of the trade) and Middleton. The Bucks will still make the playoffs but look like a potential one-and-done candidate as either the No. 6, 7 or 8 seed. Actually, finishing seventh and playing a Kyrie Irving-less Boston side would probably be the best option instead of facing Toronto (which will be No. 1) or Cleveland (likely No. 3).

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Antetokounmpo returned from that ankle injury Sunday and the Bucks beat the visiting Spurs 106-103 to sweep the season series. He had 25 points and 10 rebounds for a 37th double-double of the season. That moved Parker back to the bench, and he played just 18 minutes with eight points. Milwaukee had scored at least 115 points in seven straight games before Sunday, tied for the third-longest streak in franchise history, and is the second-longest streak in the NBA this season. The Spurs’ defense will do that to you.

The Clippers probably won’t make the postseason as they in 10th place in the West, and these could be the final days as head coach for Doc Rivers amid reports the club might make a change this offseason. Rivers already had been stripped of his say over player personnel.

L.A. completed a four-game trip through the Midwest on Sunday with a 117-106 upset win at Toronto. Lou Williams scored 18 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter. He scored 12 straight at one point. The Clippers are the only team to have beaten Boston, Toronto, Houston and Golden State, the top two teams in the East and West, respectively. Williams is a lock to win Sixth Man of the Year (also did in 2014-15. He leads the NBA in bench scoring this season (22.3 ppg), most in a single season by any active player.

The Bucks are just 2-7 ATS in their past nine after a win and vs. the West. L.A., meanwhile, has covered nine of its past 12 following a double-digit victory. Go Clippers for a Tuesday NBA pick.

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