A month ago, this NBA handicapper would have told you to steer clear of the Los Angeles Clippers in every way, shape and form. However, lately they have begun to turn heads.
The Clippers have gained a No. 3 position offense and No. 7 overall in the League heading into their games this week. How did these guys pull together and find their way out of their horrible start to the season? Let’s break down their season up to this point to find out what the future NBA odds could hold for them and your NBA picks.
Clippers Find Themselves on the Road
Chris Paul told CBS Sports earlier this week, “We got on the road, and we stopped thinking as much. We had a chance to come together. When you’re on the road, your teammates are all you have. I think we got a chance to pull together and find our identity.
And that’s exactly what they did. The L.A. Clippers have pulled out 9-out-of-10 wins since they started their long-winded play on the road, and have made a statement waxing a tough team like the No. 2 team in the League, the Houston Rockets, on their home court.
Offense is Finally Clicking
The Clippers have made an outstanding comeback in their early season and their defense has crossed into the top-ten threshold in the League’s rankings, but it’s their offense that is really getting the job done for the Clippers squad.
Chris Paul is making for an MVP-status start to the year averaging the second highest assist percentage in the league (45.4 percent), shooting a crazy high 53 percent from the field and 43 percent from the three, and an astounding 87 percent from behind the line. Blake Griffin is right behind him shooting .50 percent from the field and .60 percent from behind the arc, along with 7.6 rebounds per game.
Their one fault in the past 10 games was to the No. 4 Memphis Grizzlies team, but Head Coach Doc Rivers still seemed very pleased with his team after the loss. Rebuilding a team and finding that connection is a process, and if the Clippers take their time, keep building each game, and avoid injuries, they could be huge contenders in the Western Conference. The true test for this team will be time.
What to Expect Next
It’s obvious that the Clippers are a powerhouse on the road. They have covered 5 out of their last 6 away games, and they not only covered ATS against No. 2 in the West, the Houston Rockets, but also spanked them 102-85.
The Clippers have won 5-out-of-6 games played against Eastern teams since the start of the regular season. In their next two weeks of the season, the Clippers are going to play four away games, and three home games. Of these teams, only one opponent is from the Western Conference.
It should be a lot of nice, easy wins for the Clippers in these games, especially on the road against the Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets whose defenses won’t stand a chance against the No. 3 offense in the nation.
Another thing to consider in your NBA picks on the Clippers this week should be the over on the total in their away games. They are currently 7-1-1 in the totals on the road, and they will most likely rack-up major points against teams like the Milwaukee Bucks who have been allowing an average of 105 points this season.