NBA Picks: Projecting L.A. Clippers Season Win Totals

Chris Paul & Blake Griffin together during a break

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 11:23 PM GMT

Clippers regular season wins have gone from 57 to 56 in the past few years, and then 53 last season. Our NBA handicapping professional provides us with an early betting preview pertaining the 2016/17 Clippers win total odds on offer.

Clippers Regular Season Win Totals
The Clippers have averaged 55.3 regular season wins over the past 3 seasons. At the time of this writing, NBA futures betting odds at BetOnline has the Clippers regular season win total set at 54.0. The attached money line is -115, and is so, on either an over or under wager. By the way, BetOnline is currently offering 50% signup bonuses on deposits of up to $2500. They’ve been an A+ rated sportsbook since 8/21/2015.

 

Top 5 Scorers Return
The Clippers core group, including its 5 top scorers all return for this 2016-2017 NBA campaign. Chris Paul (19.5 PPG/10.0 APG) was a double/double machine a season ago, and still remains one the NBA’s best perimeter defenders. Blake Griffin (21.4 PPG/8.4 RPG/4.9 APG) is hoping to stay healthy after missing 47 regular season games last year. When healthy, the supremely athletic Griffin is a top ten NBA player hands down. DeAndre Jordan (12.7 PPG/13.8 RPG) is an intimidating presence in the paint, and like his teammate, Chris Paul, consistently delivers double/double performances. Veteran guards Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick provide the Clippers with superb outside shooting.

 

Depth off the Bench
The Clippers made a few offseason signings to improve their depth. Forward Brandon Bass (7.2 PPG/4.3 RPG) comes over from the Lakers, and they were also able to acquire former Golden State Warrior forward Mareese Speights (7.2 PPG/3.3 RPG). Veteran point guard Raymond Felton was a terrific addition. Felton averaged 9.5 PPG and 3.6 APG for Dallas last season while playing 27.4 minutes per contest.

Then there’s the remaining holdovers in guard Austin Rivers (8.9 PPG), the 38-year-old veteran forward Paul Pierce (6.1 PPG), and forward Wesley Johnson (6.9 PPG). They’ll also be counting on 2016 draft picks Diamond Stone (center/Maryland) and Brice Johnson (forward/North Carolina) to provide quality minutes off the bench.

 

Head Coach Doc Rivers
Since taking over as head coach prior to the 2013-2014 NBA campaign, the Clippers have a stellar 166-80 (.675) regular season record under Doc Rivers. Unfortunately, the Clippers postseason success during that period of time has been less than inspiring. They’re a combined 15-17 in postseason games under Rivers and have failed to advance beyond the Western Conference Semifinals.

 

Final Take and Pick
The Clippers regular season wins have gone from 57 to 56, and then last year’s 53. Although not a drastic decline or cause for utmost concern, I do see a small dip occurring for a fourth consecutive season. At this still extremely early juncture, I’ll lean toward under 54.0 wins for one of my futures NBA picks.