Two enigmatic teams will meet Wednesday night when the Phoenix Suns visit the Los Angeles Clippers. Which of these Pacific rivals will beat the basketball odds?
Strange things are happening with the Los Angeles Clippers. Just when it looks like they’re getting healthier with the return of Milos Teodosic, three more players hit the injured list. Danilo Gallinari (glute) is back on the shelf, joined by Lou Williams (foot) and Wes Johnson (foot). All three are listed as day-to-day.
This throws a monkey wrench into Wednesday’s home game (10:30 p.m. ET) against the Phoenix Suns. The Suns are a different team with Greg Monroe in the middle, going 5-10 SU and 10-6-1 ATS since making the trade for Eric Bledsoe. But until we have more clarity on who will suit up for the Clippers, Wednesday’s NBA odds are on hold. Fiddlesticks.
We expected the Clippers (11-18 SU, 14-15 ATS) to realize their betting value in these post-Blake Griffin games, and sure enough, they’re 3-7 SU and 6-4 ATS since Griffin went down with a sprained left MCL. Figuring out who’s playing on any given day has been a pain, though. Williams (plus-1.0 BPM) is one of their most important commodities, especially with all these injuries in the backcourt. L.A. covered five straight games before Sweet Lou missed Monday’s 109-91 loss to the San Antonio Spurs (–11.5 at home).
The latest buzz from the interwebs has Williams returning to action Wednesday, but Gallinari (minus-3.9 BPM) and Johnson (minus-0.5 BPM) are expected to sit this one out. That means more starts for Jamil Wilson (minus-1.7 BPM) and C.J. Williams (minus-3.1 BPM), which isn’t ideal by any means – even if Gallinari has been struggling to find his form. The rookie replacements, both on two-way contracts with the Agua Caliente Clippers of the G-League, combined to shoot 4-of-15 from downtown against the Spurs.
If Sweet Lou somehow ends up missing Wednesday’s game, we’d be content to recommend the Suns for your NBA picks. But it’ll be a lot harder to fade the Clippers if he plays. There’s another option: The UNDER is 5-1 in the last six Phoenix games, and it was on a four-game streak for L.A. until that Spurs game. As usual, we recommend waiting until the shootaround before making your picks, and may the sphere be with you.