Clippers at Kings – 2/26/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
The Los Angeles Clippers would appear to have the kind of on-court leadership that could help them rebound from the incredibly flat effort they experienced in their last game. And it would be nice for them if they could get a more inspired performance as they line up against the Sacramento Kings in Friday night action that is set to begin at 10:05 PM ET at the Sleep Train Arena in California’s capital city. BetAnySports customers can get reduced juice wagering prior to the game, and then even after the opening tip, they can engage in NBA betting in real time as they experience the magic of Live Betting Extra.
The Clippers were dreadful two nights ago, as they were beaten 87-81 by the Denver Nuggets, AT HOME, in a game that saw them launch no less than 46 three-point attempts. They were largely unsuccessful, making just 13 of those heaves, and they were 35% overall after they had gone at least 50% in three of their previous four outings. the good news for Doc Rivers’ team is that they have held their last two opponents to a combined 36.5%.
The Kings are not all that far out of the playoff order, trailing the 8th-place Houston Rockets by only four games. At the same time, they are not anywhere near the true playoff contenders when it comes to defense. The Kings have yielded more three-pointers than any other NBA team, and that may not bode well for them if the Clips are again shooting triples in profusion.
In the reduced juice NBA betting odds posted on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, the Clippers are laying points on the road:
The Clippers are still without the injured Blake Griffin, but it hasn’t prevented them from being toughs as mails to beat as the visitor, as they have won twelve of their last 15 road games. They sport a 37-20 record (28-26-2 ATS) and occupy the fourth spot in the Western Conference. Sacramento is 24-32 straight-up and 25-30-1 against the basketball pointspread, and they are the #10 team in the West. The rumors have been circulating about the status of George Karl, who has undertaken to increase the tempo, at the behest of owner Vivek Ranadive. The Kings play at the fastest pace in the league, and they have surrendered 109.1 points per game, which is the most.
So let’s just say that Karl’s team hopes that Chris Paul, the Clippers’ point guard, is not 100% as he deals with an injury to his right (shooting) arm. BetAnySports customers know that DeAndre Jordan should pose quite a defensive challenge to Sacramento center Demarcus Cousins (27.2 ppg), and the Clippers would probably be well-advised to go to Jordan more down low. he only got five shot attempts against Denver.
The Clippers won the first two meetings, shooting 52% in those games, but the Kings struck back in Tinseltown in the last encounter, holding Los Angeles to 39.6% shooting (shocking!) in a 110-103 win on January 16. The Clippers have won 18 of the last 22 meetings.
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