The Los Angeles Clippers have logged a 5-2 spread record in their last seven duels, with the ‘over’ cashing at 4-3. Vinny Del Negro’s squad heads north for the second night of a back-to-back spot in Thursday’s matchup against the Sacramento Kings, who have put up 108 PPG in their last six home dates.
NBA betting shops left numbers off the board initially for this
contest due to injury report concerns, with Sacramento’s Marcus Thornton listed as “questionable.” The Kings’ leading scorer (18.7 PPG) has been
nursing a bruised thigh, suffered this past Monday against the Minnesota
The NBA lines have slowly started to trickle out, and the matchup's spread has already seen some adjustments take place. After opening at -2.5, Clippers backers have already pushed the line to 3 points even, while the NBA betting total remains at 206.
Clippers fall short at
Wednesday’s NBA action saw the Clippers don their home jerseys in
a 113-108 defeat as three-point favorites against their Los Angeles rivals, the Lakers. Clippers mates Caron Butler and Chris Paul
united for 50 points, with Paul adding 16 of his squad’s 27 assists.
Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan both piled in a double-double for
the Clippers, including a combined 27 rebounds. The duo knocked down 12-of-23 field buckets, with Jordan also logging
The contest’s combined 221 points soared above the ‘total’ of 188,
with the Griffin and Co. allowing 51.8 percent field shooting from the
Lakers. Both rivals united to drain
15-of-41 shots from three-point land, while the Clippers hit 13-of-20 free
Kings edged out by Suns
Sacramento logged its sixth loss in eight games with Tuesday’s
109-100 setback as a three-point home dog against the Phoenix Suns. The Kings trailed by as many as 17 points,
while connecting a sparse 1-of-10 beyond the arc.
Kings center DeMarcus Cousins notched a season-high 41 points,
while adding 12 boards for his sixth double-double in eight games. Cousins’ mate Isaiah Thomas hit 8-of-13 from
the field en route to finishing with 25 points and a team-high seven assists.
The duel’s combined 209 points ducked below the ‘total’ of 212 ½,
making the ‘under’ 2-1-1 in the Kings’ last four games. Sacramento was edged out in rebounds, 46-43,
while logging a meager 21-of-32 night at the foul line.
Back the ‘under’ in
This matchup is set to tip-off at 10 p.m. (ET). The foes are squaring off in the front end of
a home-and-home set, with a day of rest looming before Saturday’s rematch in
I am adding the ‘under’ between these foes as part of my NBA picks
for the night’s card. The Clippers have
notched a meager 90.5 PPG in their last two road spots on no rest, while
Sacramento should face some tighter defense here than some of their recent home
spots with higher octane.
Last month’s battle between these squads saw the Clippers come
away with a 108-100 win as 3 ½-point road ‘chalk,’ with the combined 208 points
stretching above the ‘total’ of 200 ½. Del Negro’s bench will be without Mo Williams this time around, missing
his stellar 4-of-7 night beyond the arc that helped seal the team’s win in its
Sacramento’s Thornton hit 8-of-15 field buckets last time out and
would have his scoring presence missed again in this spot should if he is
unable to play. Despite Cousins’
season-high night against Phoenix, the big man was just one of three Kings’
mates reaching double figures, with this unlikely to change against a Clippers
squad coming in with intensity after a loss to the Lakers.
The spot of this being the front end of a home-and-home should
also have both foes making it a physical battle, showcasing some of the top
rebounding and shot blocking in the league. Cousins and Griffin rank third (11.1 RPG) and fourth (11 RPG) among the
Western Conference in boards, while Jordan is second in blocks (2.1 BPG).
‘under’ is 4-1 in the Clippers’ last five games against NBA Pacific Division
rivals, while cashing at 9-3 in the squad’s last 12 matchups against clubs with
NBA Pick: Look for the ‘under’ to
get the money again here.