Los Angeles Clippers (11-5 SU, 9-7 ATS)
The Clippers are known for their potent offense, currently averaging 107 points per game which ranks them second in the NBA, as well as their effortless distribution of the ball which is evidenced by their league leading 25.3 helpers per game. However, their last two victories have come as a result of some pretty good defense.
The Clips have held their last two opponents to 82 and 80 points respectively and have not only won but not so coincidentally covered the number in NBA odds in both games. But in their last trip to the hardcourt on Wednesday night, the Clips walked away with a 93-80 win over the Knicks but sharpshooter Chris Paul limped away with a strained right hamstring. Despite the injury, Paul is projected to play but the verdict, as of this writing, is still out.
LA is led by the explosive Blake Griffin who is averaging 21.6 PPG while sniper Chris Paul paves the way in steals (2.4 per game) and assists (12.2 per game). The big man in the middle is 6' 11" DeAndre Jordan who is pulling down 12.8 boards per game, double his career average of 6.4 per game and giving the Clips an imposing presence in the middle.
Sacramento Kings (4-9 SU, 3-9-1 ATS)
The Kings have dropped 11 of 13 to LA and erased a 20-point deficit when last they played the Clippers on Saturday night, only to fall in the closing seconds courtesy of a Chris Paul free throw that clinched LA's 103-102 nail-biter. The Kings then got crowned the following night in the same arena but by a different team. They were clearly spent from their losing effort the night before as the Lakers drew away to a 100-86 victory.
The Kings are welcoming a new arrival tonight as the once highly touted prospect Derrick Williams dons a Kings uniform. Sacramento found a willing dance partner in the Minnesota Timberwolves when they picked up the phone to inquire about Williams, a second overall selection in the 2011 draft. Williams has not fulfilled his promise in his two seasons in the NBA and Minnesota was desperate for defensive help. In order to pry the hybrid small forward/power forward from the T'Wolves, the Kings had to give up Luc Mbah a Moute. If Williams can reinvent himself in Sacramento and rekindle his vast arsenal of talent then the Kings may have found themselves a prince.
In their first meeting earlier this month the Clippers flew north to Sacramento and dribbled out of town with a 110-101 victory and a cover as 3 ½ point road chalk in NBA odds. Then last Saturday the rematch in LA was much closer with the Clips taking the decision in the waning moments 103-102.
As of this writing there are no lines being dealt on the game due to the uncertain status of Chris Paul. However, when the sportsbooks do decide to deal, factor into your decision that the Kings have had since Sunday to rest and lick their wounds while the Clippers were battling only two nights ago. It should also be noted that the Kings although an unacttractive NBA pick at first glance, will be thinking long and hard about a rally that ,came up short last Saturday night and realize they can play with this Clippers team. Derrick Williams will want his debut in a Kings uniform to be a successful one and so do his new teammates.
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