Philadelphia 76ers at Los Angeles Clippers Video and Betting Preview: The 76ers were able to defeat the Lakers on Thursday night, but things will be a bit tougher for them against the Clippers this time. The ol’ LA doubleheader where you have two games in three days at Staples Center. That has long been a fixture for teams coming to LA off the east coast.
The 76ers will still be relatively small, having traded away both Vincent Poirier and the hot Tony Bradley. With Joel Embiid still out, this leaves Dwight Howard as their only center. He got ejected eight minutes into the Laker contest, leaving Tobias Harris and Mike Scott as the team’s options at the five spot. As they search to improve to an impressive 33-13, they’ve got George Hill coming in soon for reinforcements on the second unit.
The Clippers made one major move at the deadline that will shape things differently. They picked up Rajon Rondo from the Hawks, getting rid of Lou Williams, who had become a fixture on the LA bench over the last several years. He has had quite the playing career, and his presence around the team will be missed. At the same time, they added a great floor general who has a lot of experience that will create open looks for Kawhi and PG, among others.
Betting Odds & Lines
The 76ers are favored to win despite not having Joel Embiid. The spread is Philly -1.
Philly Seeks Road Win
At 32-13, it is pretty clear that the 76ers are legit this year. Give Doc Rivers his roses. He just got here after seven years with the Clippers and is doing such a good job that Brett Brown never could have managed. No disrespect to Brown, who took the 76ers from the process to the second round of the playoffs, which was a very difficult job to be tasked with. But the future is now, with Doc.
Ben Simmons has continued to shine, proving doubters around the league wrong. Joel Embiid was an MVP favorite when playing, but the fact that the wins have continued to come in during his absence perhaps hurting his case. Regardless, he is one of the best big men in the entire NBA, and it’s a testament to Doc and the system that the winning has continued.
If they want to get the win in this one, Danny Green and Matisse Thybulle’s defense on the perimeter will be the key. If they can limit PG and Kawhi from doing too much damage, they’ll have a shot.
Clippers Looking for Home Win
There have been some nice wins from the Clippers this year, though they have done some losing too. At 30-16, they trail only the Jazz and Suns in the conference. Neither of those teams were expected to be quite this good on the year, so it’s a surprise that they’re where they currently sit.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have been appearing in back-to-backs this time around, the team greatly benefitting from an altered rest plan. They could not find mojo or continuity during the first part of the year, pre-COVID last year, as neither guy was playing every contest. But now, good things have been coming their way.
Marcus Morris has started to come on off late, while Luke Kennard should be rejoining the rotation full-time following Lou Will’s departure. They paid him the big bucks for a reason, and it’s so that he can come in and be an instant scorer off the bench. Kennard has some work to do if he wants to prove his worth, but he’s more than capable, as we saw in his time as a Piston.
And the Winner Is…
The 76ers will get it done on the road. They’re a one-point favorite, and they’ll knock off the Clippers.
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