Check out our free Clippers vs 76ers pick and preview for this NBA game in Philadelphia. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Clippers vs 76ers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Los Angeles Clippers at Philadelphia 76ers
- Where: Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center
- Date: Friday, December 23rd
- Betting Odds PHI -3.5, LAC +137 | PHI -166 O/U 216.0
So far, the Clippers have put together an overall record of 19-14, while going 17-15-1 vs the spread. The Clippers entered today’s game having picked up 2 straight wins. They have won these games by an average of 15.0 points.
In their previous game, the Clippers took down the Hornets by a score of 126-105. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 9 point favorites. Los Angeles played well enough in the second half to prevent the Hornets from making things interesting down the stretch, as they led by 31 going into halftime. In the win, Paul George led the team in scoring with 22 points on a field goal percentage of 46.7%.
So far, the 76ers have put together an overall record of 18-12, while going 17-12-1 vs the spread. The 76ers entered today’s game having picked up 6 straight wins. This has come on an average scoring differential of 14.0 points per game.
In their previous game, the 76ers took down the Pistons by a score of 113-93. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 11 point favorites. Philadelphia was able to maintain control throughout the game, as they outscored the Pistons in each quarter. Leading the team in scoring was Joel Embiid, as he contributed 22 points while hitting 37.5% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the 2021-2022 regular season, the 76ers and Clippers split their head-to-head season series. In these matchups, each team won on their opponents home floor. Last year, the Clippers saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the 76ers, averaging 99.5 points per game. While the Clippers struggled on offense in the series, the 76ers maintained their usual level of scoring at 111.5 vs Los Angeles. The level of competition has been tight in the 5 most recent games between Clippers and 76ers with just -2 points per game separating the teams. Los Angeles has the ATS edge in this span at 3-2. Over the course of these games, they averaged 226 points per game, leading a 3-2 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Clippers come into today’s game as the 30th ranked scoring offense at 107.6 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Clippers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 97.9 per contest. Right now, the Clippers offense is in search of answers, as not only do they tend to play at a slow pace, but they are just 20th in effective field goal percentage.
So far, the Clippers have played well defensively, as they are ranked 11th in the league at 108.39 points per contest.
Small-Forward Paul George currently leads the Clippers at 23.4 points per game. For the season, he is 21st in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 21.1% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, George is averaging 6.3 boards and 5.0 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 4th ranked defense at defending small-forwards. Marcus Morris Sr. enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 30 games, he is averaging 13.5 and is 264th in the league in player efficiency rating.
This season, the Philadelphia offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 111.2 points per game. The 76ers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 12.6 made 3’s per game. Despite shooting the ball well from outside, Philadelphia has not done a good job taking care of the ball. So far, they are averaging 14.2 turnovers per game.
Against the Clippers, the 76ers will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 8th ranked unit at 107.33 points per game.
On offense, Joel Embiid leads the 76ers in scoring at 32.5 points per game, placing him 1st in the NBA. Overall, Embiid has hit 52.4% of his shots while accounting for 24.2% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 18th in points allowed to centers. At 17.1 points per game, Tobias Harris is the 2nd leading scorer for the 76ers. For the season, he is 118th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 49.6%.
Clippers vs 76ers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Clippers +3.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 216.0