Philadelphia Seventysixers (23-14) vs Los Angeles Clippers (21-15)Date : 01/01/2019
Time : 10:30 pm EST
Location : Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Philadelphia Seventysixers vs Los Angeles Clippers
The Philadelphia 76ers will continue their disastrous road trip, thus far, versus the Los Angeles Clippers on New Year’s Eve night at 10:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. After a win versus the Utah Jazz win their last time out in which to return to.500 on their current 5 game road trip, the Philadelphia 76ers had three games rest in preparation for a Portland Trail Blazers team that had been up and down, recently. Nonetheless, when it was all said and done, the Sixers were blown out on a night where Joel Embiid did not suit up, yet, Ben Simmons led the way with 19 points in a losing effort while Jimmy Butler would go 2-12 from the floor in ending with just five points on the night.
The The Los Angeles Clippers took a severe step back as they halted a two-game winning streak by losing at home to the San Antonio Spurs by 11 points as LaMarcus Aldridge along with DeMar DeRozan led San Antonio in the win with 38 and 25 points, respectively, as the Spurs shot over 51% from the floor as a team in the victory. The Sixers are 6-0 in their last six meetings against the spread versus the Los Angeles Clippers, overall.
Philadelphia Seventysixers 's Latest Performance :
Philadelphia has simply been just average in the last 10 games as they have won only five of these outings. They are currently losers of two of their last three games as they suffered a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in a game where there never seemed as if they came to win from the start as they were only able to post 20 points in the first quarter along with 21 in the second as they went down by a whopping 70-41 score at the half while showing no signs of life throughout the contest.
As stated, Ben Simmons led the group with 19 points while JJ Redick had 11 points on a horrible shooting night. Furthermore, Jimmy Butler also had an awful shooting night while ending with five points on just 2 for 12 shooting from the floor as his team shot 35% along with just 18% from long range. Jimmy Butler played his lowest amount of minutes since his return from the injured list as he was only on the court for a tad over 26 minutes in this contest while dishing out six assists along with pulling down just three rebounds.
Philadelphia will certainly need to get more offensive production from Butler in this matchup versus the Clippers as they not only have two players in Harris along with Gallinari that can flat-out score of the ball, but, their reserves in Williams along with Harrell have also proven time and again that they have the ability to change the complexion of a game with their ability to provide a lift off the bench.
Los Angeles Clippers's Latest Performance :
The Clippers seemed as if they were one step behind throughout the their contest versus the San Antonio Spurs at home as they were outrebounded by a 49-40 margin while also committing 17 turnovers on the night. In addition to this, the Clippers were able to hit 9 of 20 attempts from three-point range, however, only shot 43% from the floor while allowing the Spurs to shoot a bit over 50% as Aldridge and DeRozan, as stated, led the team, yet again, in what was a hard-fought victory. Furthermore, Rudy Gay had 12 points while all San Antonio starters combined for 97 points with all five individuals being in double figures.
On the other hand, Danilo Gallinari had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers, as stated, who came into the game winners of their last three home games. Montrezl Harrell also scored 21 points while Lou Williams had 16 points and seven rebounds off the bench for a Clippers team that is certainly not played well recently. ”It felt like they had more energy, they were far more physical than us,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. ”I think the last two times we have played them they have been the more physical team. We just have to go look at it and see what we didn’t do right, and it was a lot.”
With that being the case, look for the Clippers to somehow muster up the momentum in which to battle a Philadelphia 76ers squad that is also coming off a huge blowout loss on the road vs the Portland Trail Blazers as they were without Embiid, as stated. Furthermore, he is questionable with a knee injury for this matchup as well. Nonetheless, Philadelphia will certainly need to rely on Simmons along with Butler and Reddick in which to allow them to have a chance to maintain their competitiveness throughout this matchup while also possibly pulling out a much-needed victory.
How Philadelphia Seventysixers & Los Angeles Clippers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Philadelphia is 17 – 20 ATS while the OU is 22 – 15
Los Angeles is 21 – 15 ATS while the OU is 23 – 13
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be an interesting matchup as both teams will be looking to get back on the winning track after a disastrous stretch of losses. For the Sixers, they will certainly need to step things up on the offensive end in place of the loss of offensive production from Embiid while out with a knee injury. This means that Butler, as stated, must be able to lift his game a bit while Simmons and Reddick must also follow suit in which to keep the Sixers competitive during this time. On the other hand, the Clippers certainly need to get more production out of Harris and Gallinari, moving forward, as the bench has certainly been the main catalyst for them picking up wins lately.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Los Angeles Clippers
My reason for the pick :
Look for the Clippers to pull out a much-needed victory over a lifeless Philadelphia 76ers team at home in this matchup on Tuesday night. Again, Embiid will not be in the lineup, which means that the Clippers will certainly be looking to push the ball early and often in which to take advantage of the big man not being a physical presence on the floor. Of course, this will certainly lead to easy buckets within transition as well as opportunities at the free throw line for Los Angeles. In all, look for the Clippers to gain a bit of confidence and momentum after a win against a Philadelphia team that will likely struggle, once again, on the defensive end on the road, where there are losers of three of their last four, overall.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the over in this matchup as it has been the play in three of the last five road games for the Philadelphia 76ers while also being the play in the last six home games for the Los Angeles Clippers. With that being the case, expect these trends to continue as Philadelphia has shown no semblance of playing any type of defense on their current road trip. On the other hand, the Clippers have not shown that they have the ability in which to play defense with any type of consistency as well as they have given up at least 120 points in seven of their last 10 games, overall.
Betting trends for Philadelphia Seventysixers :
- Over is 6-0 in 76ers last 6 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
76ers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games.
76ers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points.
Betting trends for Los Angeles Clippers:
- Clippers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home.
Clippers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games.
Clippers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.