Philadelphia 76ers vs LA Clippers

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The Philadelphia 76ers conclude the California portion of their current six-game road trip, as they take on the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday. After beginning their trip with a win in New York, the 76ers have played Golden State and the Lakers in their last two games. They play in Denver and Cleveland before returning home next Saturday. In their latest game, on Thursday, Philadelphia defeated the LeBron James-less Lakers by a score of 109-101 on Thursday. The Clippers concluded a two-game road trip in San Antonio on Thursday, winning each game by double digits. They defeated the Spurs, 98-85 on Thursday. This is the first meeting of the season between these two teams.

Philadelphia is 26-16-3 against the spread this season, while the over-under is 23-22. The 76ers are 4-0-1 against the spread in their last five games. They were a six-point favorite in their eight point win over the Lakers. The Clippers are 26-20 against the spread, while the over-under is 24-20-2. They have covered the spread in each of their last four games, including their two games against San Antonio in which they were one and six-point favorites.

76ers continue stranglehold on Eastern Conference lead

The Philadelphia 76ers have continued their stellar play on the West Coast, as they have now won four straight games overall and 12 of their last 14 games, with their only losses in that span coming in overtime. Philadelphia also has two overtime wins in their last nine wins. The 76ers were active in the trade market, as they brought in George Hill (11.8 points per game) from Oklahoma City. Hill has been out of the lineup since January with a thumb injury, but just recently had his cast removed and he could be back in the lineup in the next week or so. Philadelphia continues to be without the services of their best player, Joel Embiid, who has been out of the lineup since March 12 due to a knee injury. Even without Embiid, they have maintained their lead in the Eastern Conference, as they currently sit two games ahead of Milwaukee and Brooklyn.

In the 76ers win over the Lakers, Danny Green had a big night just hours after almost getting traded to Golden State. He poured in a game-high 28 points, on 8-12 shooting from three-point range, to lead Philadelphia to the win. Seth Curry and Tobias Harris added 19 and 17 points, respectively, for Philadelphia. The 76ers shot 48.8% from the floor and 37.8% from three-point range, making 17 shots from beyond the arc. Ben Simmons nearly had a double-double with 9 points and 12 assists in the game.

“Got a chance to see some of my brothers, compete against them, and there’s nothing better to come out with a win,” Green said about playing his former team on espn.com.

With Embiid out, Harris and Simmons are the leading scorers for Philadelphia, as they average 20.7 and 15.9 points per game, respectively. Shake Milton and Curry both score over 13 points per game for the 76ers this season. Philadelphia is averaging 114.8 points per game this season, while they are shooting 48.0% from the floor and 37.0% from three-point range. They are also the fourth-best rebounding team in the NBA, averaging 46.4 rebounds per game. The 76ers are in the top eight in all defensive statistical categories. They are giving up 109.2 points per game, while their opponents are shooting 44.9% from the floor and 36.2% from three-point range.

Clippers go for fifth straight win

The Los AngelesClippers are in the midst of one of their best stretches of the season. They have currently won four straight games, and with a win on Saturday, they will have their second-longest winning streak of the season. The Clippers have won five of their last six games overall. Los Angeles had a seven-game winning streak in mid-January. Saturday’s game is the first of a nine-game homestand for the Clippers. They have been phenomenal at home this season, as they are 15-6 at home, and they have won four in a row at home. Los Angeles is currently in third place in the W Eastern Conference standings, 3.5 games behind first-place Utah.

Los Angeles turned in their best defensive performance of the season, as they gave up just 30 points in the second half to San Antonio, overcoming a nine point deficit in the process. The Clippers shot just 38.2% from the floor and from three-point range, but they were 17-18 from the foul line. Los Angeles outrebounded the Spurs 57-39 in the game. Reggie Jackson and Paul George led the Clippers with 28 and 24 points, respectively. Terance Mann and Ivica Zubac chipped in with 10 points apiece.

Los Angeles has been playing shorthanded lately, as three of their top five scorers are injured right now. Kawhi Leonard (25.9 points per game), Marcus Morris, Jr. (12.3 points per game), and Serge Ibaka (10.9 points per game) are all questionable for Saturday’s game. Lou Williams, who is averaging 12.1 points per game was recently traded to Atlanta, leaving George as the only healthy player left on the team who score in double digits, as he scores 22.4 points per game this season.

“It’s a tough loss, it hurts,” George said about the Williams’ trade on espn.com. “You hate to see these things happen. We’re going to miss Lou. The best way we can do this, to send him off well, is to go out and try to win it (all).”

The Clippers are averaging 114.9 points per game this season, while they are shooting 48.2% from the floor and 41.6% from three-point range, which is first in the NBA. They are also first in foul shooting at 83.9%. Defensively, Los Angeles is giving up 108.6 points per game, while their opponents are shooting 46.8% from the floor and 36.3% from three-point range.

The Bottom Line
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Philadelphia hasn’t lost in regulation in over a month, winning 12 of 14, with two overtime losses. Despite their four-game winning streak, Los Angeles is playing shorthanded with many of their top players being injured. They may have been able to win against the likes of San Antonio, Atlanta, and Charlotte, but the 76ers are another story. Philadelphia is one of the best rebounding teams in the NBA, and they will use that to their advantage to get some second-chance points in this one. The 76ers have covered the spread in each of the last nine games between these teams, and they will continue that trend on Saturday.

Prediction:
Philadelphia +3.5

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The top scorer for both teams is out of the lineup, while the Clippers are without many of their other top scorers as well. Los Angeles’ last game had just 180 points, while the last 10 games between these two teams have averaged 223.2 points per game. The total has gone under in four of Philadelphia’s last five games. The total has also gone under in six of the last 10 meetings between these two teams. Look for a low-scoring game on Saturday night.

Prediction:
Under 224.5