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Clippers vs Cavaliers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Los Angeles Clippers at Cleveland Cavaliers
- Where: Cleveland at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
- Date: Sunday, January 29th
- Betting Odds CLE -5, LAC +165 | CLE -203 O/U OFF
So far, the Clippers have put together an overall record of 28-24, while going 26-25-1 vs the spread. In today’s game, Los Angeles will look to extend their 5 game winning streak. This has come while posting an average scoring margin of 16.4.
The Clippers are coming off a 120-113 win over the Hawks. This away win came despite entering the game as the 1 point underdogs. In the game, Los Angeles was able to hold on to their first half lead, as they led the Hawks by 5 going into the second half. In the win, Kawhi Leonard led the team in scoring with 32 points on a field goal percentage of 60.0%.
The Cavaliers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 30-21. So far, the team has gone 27-23-1 against the spread. In their previous 3 games, the Cavaliers are averaging 105 points per game while allowing 104. This has led to a record of 1-2.
Cleveland is trying to bounce back from a 112-100 loss to the Thunder. Going into this game, the team was 1 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Cleveland missed out on an opportunity to add a win to their resume, as they held a 7 point lead going into halftime. In the loss, Darius Garland led the team in scoring with 31 points on a field goal percentage of 43.5%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Last year, the Clippers saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Cavaliers, averaging 95.0 points per game. While the Clippers struggled on offense in the series, the Cavaliers maintained their usual level of scoring at 106.0 vs Los Angeles. The ATS record across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings is 3-2 in favor of the Clippers. In these matchups, Los Angeles has averaged 111 points per game, while allowing 107. A combined average of 218 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 3-1-1.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
This season, the Los Angeles offense is ranked 28th in the NBA in scoring at 110.9 points per game. The Clippers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 12.8 made 3’s per game. If the Clippers offense is going to improve, they could look to play at a faster tempo, as they currently average just 97.1 possession per game. This could benefit the team as they are currently one of the better 3-point shooting units in the NBA.
Against the Cavaliers, the Clippers will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 11th ranked unit at 108.39 points per game.
On offense, Paul George leads the Clippers in scoring at 23.5 points per game, placing him 26th in the NBA. Overall, George has hit 46.4% of his shots while accounting for 20.6% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 21st in points allowed to small-forwards. At 16.3 points per game, Norman Powell is the 2nd leading scorer for the Clippers. For the season, he is 106th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 48.2%.
For the season, the Cavaliers offensive unit is ranked just 26th in scoring at 111.3 points per contest. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Cavaliers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 96.0 per contest. A key aspect of the team’s offensive struggles is the fact that they not only play at a slow pace, but they struggle to score inside. Heading into today’s game, Cleveland is just 15th in shots made inside the arc.
Defensively, the Cavaliers are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 105.67 points per contest (5th).
One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Donovan Mitchell, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as Mitchell leads the team in scoring at 28.3 points per game while Garland is 2nd at 22.0. For the season, Mitchell is 13th in the NBA in usage rate and 29th in player efficiency. Behind him, Garland has taken 19.9% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 44.8%.
Clippers vs Cavaliers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Clippers +5
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF