Los Angeles Clippers (10-5) vs Washington Wizards (5-11)Date : 11/20/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Los Angeles Clippers vs Washington Wizards
The Los Angeles Clippers will take on the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC, on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Clippers are coming off a 127-119 road win over the Brooklyn Nets on November 17th as Danilo Gallinari along with Tobias Harris led the team once again in scoring 28 and 27 points, respectively, in the win. The Clippers also shot over 50% from the floor for the night while shooting 48% from 3 point range, thus winning their fourth straight game.
After winning three straight games, the Washington Wizards have regressed in losing their last two outings with their last being a 119-109 home loss to the Portland Trail Blazers as they allowed Damian Lillard to run wild in scoring 40 points for the night while John Wall kept the Wizards in the game with 24 points on the night. The Clippers are 4-0 against the spread in the last four meetings with the Wizards while the over has been the play in five of the last six meetings amongst these teams.
Los Angeles Clippers's Latest Performance :
The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging over 120 points per game in their last five outings, overall. With that being the case, the Clippers have not only been winners of their last five games, but, the over has been the play in each of these matchups due to their ability to score the basketball. This was certainly evident on the road versus the Atlanta Hawks in their last match up as they put up 127 points for the game en route to a blowout win on November 19th. The win was a total team effort for the Clippers as six players scored in double-digits for the game with Montrezl Harrell leading the way with 25 points along with 11 rebounds while Tobias Harris contributed 24 points and eight rebounds to the win.
Lou Williams also scored 16 points for the night along with having 11 assists as both teams shot well from the field during the contest, however the Clippers begin to pull away in the final period as they outscored the home team by a margin of 38-23. They will now face a Washington Wizards team that will be desperate for a win after what is likely to turn into a disappointing homestand.
Washington Wizards's Latest Performance :
The Clippers and Wizards are two teams that are trending in two entirely different directions. While the Los Angeles Clippers are red-hot at this time in the season in winning five straight games, the Washington Wizards enter this matchup on the opposite end of the win-loss battle in losing their last two games while not being able to maintain the type of consistency needed in which to win basketball games on a nightly basis.
Their matchup with the Clippers will be the final game in a five-game homestand for the Wizards which started on a positive note with them going 2-0 after their first two games; Yet, the Wizards proceeding to lose their next two outings. Nonetheless, they will certainly be looking to have a much better performance in this outing in which to go over 500 for the homestand, overall.
Washington ranks at or near the bottom in every major defensive category in the league at this point and this was never more evident than in their last outing versus the Trailblazers as Damian Lillard lit up the Washington defense for 40 points for the night while CJ McCollum also had a great night with 25 points in the win. John Wall, however, kept the Wizards in the game with 24 points while Kelly oubre contributed 19 points in the losing effort. ”We’ve got to just play with more enthusiasm, more effort, more energy,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. ”That’s embarrassing.” They will certainly need to step up the enthusiasm if they are to somehow come up with a much-needed win over a red-hot Los Angeles Clippers team that has been on a tear lately.
How Los Angeles Clippers & Washington Wizards Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Los Angeles is 9-6 ATS while the OU is 9-6.
Washington is 5-11 ATS while the OU is 1–6
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The Clippers will be ending a three-game road trip versus the Wizards on Tuesday night and would love nothing more than to go undefeated during the short trip. However, the Wizards also have much incentive in winning this matchup as it will somehow put a positive spin on a home stand that suddenly went awry after starting out so promising. In all, expect this to be a fairy competitive game throughout much of the contest; Nonetheless, look for the Clippers to begin to pull away late in the game if the Wizards are not able to improve upon their team defense.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Washington Wizards -1
My reason for the pick :
I certainly have gained much respect for the Los Angeles Clippers and their play early on in 2018. With that being said, I certainly expect them to come out focus on getting a win in this contest versus a reeling Washington Wizards squad. On the other hand, the Clippers will be in the second game of a back-to-back versus the Wizards as Washington will certainly take advantage of this variable on Tuesday night in pulling things together late in the game in which to pull out a slim victory over the upstart Los Angeles Clippers.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under 230
My reason for the prediction :
And while the under has been the result for much of the games played by both squads lately, I will take the under in this matchup as the Clippers will certainly be a small step behind in this matchup due to the back-to-back. With that being the case, expect them to compete throughout the game yet their offensive production will not be the same. Also, with the Wizards struggling the way that they have, expect the Clippers to have a decent night on the defensive end, thus causing the under to be the strong play in this matchup.
Betting trends for Los Angeles Clippers:
- Over is 4-0 in Clippers last 4 overall.
Over is 6-0 in Clippers last 6 vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
Under is 5-0 in Clippers last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
Betting trends for Washington Wizards:
- Washington Over is 4-0 in Wizards last 4 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Over is 4-0 in Wizards last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Wizards are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.