NBA Picks: 76ers vs. Clippers

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 11:35 AM GMT

Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2013 11:35 AM GMT

The Philadelphia 76ers will try to snap their 13-game road losing streak Wednesday night, as they take on the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center in a non-conference affair.


Let’s take a closer look at the NBA betting odds for this matchup, with the opening tip scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET in Southern California.

Turning things around?

Philadelphia hits the road after winning three of four at the Wells Fargo Center, including a 101-100 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers as one-point favorites Monday night ,while going OVER the total for the third time during that span.

The 76ers haven’t enjoyed such a successful stretch since Jan. 30-Feb. 9, but definitely monitor the result of this affair closely, as they haven’t won more than three games in a row during the 2012-13 NBA season.

Inexcusable

Los Angeles has now alternated wins and losses over its last eight games, as it looks to bounce back from a 116-101 setback to the Sacramento Kings as 8.5-point road favorites Tuesday night, while going OVER the posted total of 212.

The Clippers are 5-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last six games following a straight-up loss, while going OVER the total in eight of their last 11 contests on zero days rest.

Road woes

NBA handicappers are going to have a hard time backing the 76ers as one of their ATS picks, considering they’ve dropped 13 consecutive games away from the City of Brotherly Love.

Philadelphia has also dropped all six of its road games when playing with a total between 195 and 199.5 this season—going 1-5 ATS in that situation.

It’s still important to note that the visitor is 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings in this non-conference series.

Paul vs. Holiday

76ers point guard Jrue Holiday is coming off back-to-back 27-point efforts, but he’s averaged just 10.5 in four meetings as a starter when facing Chris Paul. Philadelphia is very limited offensively if he’s unable to produce on that end of the floor.

Paul has averaged 21.3 points on 57.4 percent shooting in those four matchups with Holiday, but he knocked down just 2 of 10 shots from the field in playing nearly 44 minutes versus the Kings.

[gameodds]5/222125/43/us[/gameodds]

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Clippers as one of their NBA picks, as their last seven home wins have come by an average of 17 points, while the 76ers are 0-8 ATS against Western Conference opponents when losing as a road underdog.

NBA Pick: Los Angeles Clippers -10 at 5Dimes

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