NBA Picks: Los Angeles Clippers To Bounce Back Against Sacramento Kings

Clippers bench watching their teammates play

Mark Lathrop

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 7:46 PM GMT

With starting rosters in flux as the NBA preseason comes to an end, our handicapper likes the prospect of backing the Clippers as his NBA pick tonight, if just a few of their big 3 make an appearance against the Kings on Tuesday night.

 

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The Los Angeles Clippers play their second preseason game in as many nights on Tuesday, traveling to Sacramento to take on the Kings after playing a late game against the Utah Jazz on Monday night. The Clippers got absolutely destroyed by the Jazz 104-78 as a 5-point underdog, with the notable absence of Chris Paul from the lineup. It is not known if Paul will be back for this game against the Kings, but my hunch is that he will be held out in this one to wait for the regular season to begin. It’s not like he is a rookie needing the work.

The Kings have been trying to work with a patchwork of guards in their backcourt, and have the suspension of Darren Collison to look forward to for the first 8 games of the season. They signed Jordan Farmar from Memphis and the oft-troubled Ty Lawson over the offseason. Lawson, who was brought in on a non-guaranteed one-year contract, has already made headlines in a bad way for the Kings by missing a team flight after their preseason game against the Lakers – played in Las Vegas. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, unless you miss the team plane the morning after. The Kings have been scoring the ball well in the preseason, though, average 107 points per game, which is 3rd in the NBA.

 

 

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Looking at the box score now and I see that Blake Griffin was held out of the game at Utah as well. Plenty of minutes for bench guys in that game, but also a troubling continuation of poor shooting for J.J. Redick, who is in the NBA for just the opposite reason. Redick went an imperfect 0-6 from three-point range but has not been worried about his performance so far this year according to post-game interviews.

The lines are now out for this game and the Clippers have been posted as slight 2.5-point road favorites. The O/U total has been posted at 207.5, which implies bookmakers think that the Clippers will be able to hold the Kings below their scoring average on the year thus far. This is a hard line to judge, with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan sitting for the Clippers last night, and their status unknown for this game. If two of those three players start; however, I like the Clippers chances of bouncing back against a less talented Sacramento Kings team. Take heed to the opening lineups, but the Los Angeles Clippers at -3.5 appear to be the best value for this last Preseason game and NBA pick.

 

Free NBA Pick: Clippers -3.5 (-110)Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

 

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