LA Clippers vs Milwaukee Bucks

 

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The Los Angeles Clippers sit atop the Pacific Division by a half-game over the Los Angeles Lakers. The Clippers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 119-99 on Friday night to split a two-game series with the Grizzlies. Los Angeles has found little consistency of late alternating between wins and losses in each of its last six games, but because of poor play by the Los Angeles Lakers the Clippers have moved into first place in the Pacific Division.

Milwaukee is in first place in the Central Division at 20-13 and is riding a four-game winning streak after defeating the New Orleans 129-125 on Thursday. As has been the case most of the entire first 33 games of the season for Milwaukee Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton were the leading scorers in the victory for Milwaukee with 38 points and 31 points respectively. Milwaukee has opened a four-game lead over second-place Indiana

Clippers defense is one of the League’s best

The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing an average of 109.1 points per game which is fifth-best in the NBA. The Clippers are holding opponents to 46.8% shooting overall and 41.2 rebounds per game, which is second-best in the NBA. Los Angeles averages 44.3 rebounds per game with 35.0 on the defensive boards and 9.3 off the offense of glass. The leading rebounder is Ivica Zubac with an average of 6.9 boards per contest. The Clippers are averaging 7.1 steals and 4.6 blocked shots per game with Kawhi Leonard the leader in steals with an average of 1.5 per game and Serge Ibaka the swat leader with an average of 1.2 blocked shots per game.

The Los Angeles offense is also fifth in the NBA in scoring with an average of 115.3 points per game. The Clippers are shooting 48.7% overall and 42.0% from downtown led by Leonard with a team-high 26.9 points per game and Paul George with an average of 23.7 points per game and three other players besides Leonard and George are averaging double-figures in scoring. George is the assists leader for Los Angeles with a team-high 5.4 dishes per contest. The Clippers are averaging 24.5 assists and 12.4 turnovers per game for an assist to turnover ratio of 2.0.

Injury Report: Patrick Patterson is questionable for Sunday

Bucks offense is second best in the NBA

The Milwaukee Bucks are scoring an average of 120.1 points per game and are second only to Brooklyn in the NBA in scoring. The leading scorer for Milwaukee is Giannis Antetokounmpo with an average of 28.9 points per game and Chris Middleton has an average of 20.6 points per game. In all, six players for Milwaukee are averaging double-figures in scoring. Antetokounmpo is also the leader in assists with an average of 5.9 dishes per contest. Milwaukee is averaging 26.2 assists and 12.9 turnovers for an assist to turnover ratio of 2.0.

On the boards, Antetokounmpo is the leader with an average of 11.7 rebounds per game with 9.9 on the defensive boards and 1.9 per game off the offensive glass. The Bucks as a team average 37.8 rebounds per game. Milwaukee is averaging 8.2 steals and 4.8 block shots per game with Giannis the steals leader with an average of 1.2 per game and Brook Lopez is the swat master with an average of 1.4 block shots per game.

Injury Report: Jrue Holiday is questionable for Sunday, while Jaylen Adams and Jordan Nwora far out indefinitely

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
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The Los Angeles Clippers have alternated between wins and losses in each of the last six games, but the Clippers are 4-2 against the spread in those same six games and 6-3 ATS over the last nine games played. The Clippers are back to good health with only Patrick Patterson questionable before Sunday’s matchup with Milwaukee. Los Angeles is fifth in the NBA in both points scored and points allowed per game. Milwaukee has failed to cover the spread in six of the last nine and the Bucks have failed to cover the spread in five of the last six when playing head-to-head against Los Angeles

Prediction:
Los Angeles Clippers +1.5

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Full-Game Total Pick
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Milwaukee is second in the NBA in points scored and Los Angeles is fifth in the league in points scored. The total has finished over in seven of Milwaukee’s last 10 games and in four of the last six games that Milwaukee has played head-to-head with Los Angeles. When playing on Milwaukee’s home court, the total has finished over in five of the last six versus the Clippers.

Prediction:
OVER 237