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(5-8) L.A. Clippers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (8-7)
Date: Friday November 17
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland Ohio
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Cavaliers -6.5
NBA Betting Total: 222.5
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The Cleveland Cavaliers seemingly switched the trend of losing to lower tier clubs in Dallas and have won 3-in-a-row since. In contrast the L.A. Clippers are spiraling, currently on a six game losing streak.
Last season, the Clippers swept the Cavaliers but the previous two seasons the Cavaliers reversed the favor. Cleveland hold the all-time edge 73-51.
The Clippers 4-0 start was definitely misleading, but losing eight of the next nine games was equally surprising. The big question mark was where LA would rank in the West without Chris Paul at the helm.
Initially it seemed the acquisition of Patrick Beverley and Milos Teodosic offered resolution.
Beverley is known for his pest like defensive skill-set and ability to hit from range. Alternatively, 30-year old rookie Teodosic served up jaw dropping dimes.
Both were capable of running the offense at a faster pace than Chris Paul, so the 4-0 start offered promise. Then both were felled by injury.
Making matters more complicated Danilo Gallinari has also joined them on the sidelines with a hip injury.
Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are All-Stars, but do they have enough roster assets to help them weather the current storm? Griffin stats of 23.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists are top-notch.
He’s also increased his three-point attempts from 1.9 to 5.8 per game, connecting on 36 percent. Granted the Clippers are performing well offensively, with the 6th best offense in the NBA.
Although ranking 29th in assist percentage and assist ratio isn’t ideal.
Still, LA’s issue rest almost entirely on the defensive end of the court where they rank 21st. Transition defense will be the key as LA allow the sixth most points on the fast break.
Injuries are part of an 82-game season and how well a team adapts to the ‘next man up’ adage often demonstrates much more than a specific player’s ability.
The curious part of the Cavaliers woes is they are the oldest team in the NBA, so it would stand to reason they would handle adversity better than a youthful squad. Yet in comparison the Celtics and Raptors (sixth and seventh youngest) have handled their injury woes better.
LeBron James continues to produce at a level near his career averages (or higher). However, for as much as James can shoulder the offensive burden (Cavs rank 4th) he needs the entire team to make it work on defense.
Losing Tristan Thompson is going to hurt an already struggling defense (30th) especially in the paint where Cleveland rank 23rd. James’ 0.7 defensive box is the worst since his rookie season and Dwyane Wade is the only other teammate in the positive (0.2).
NBA Betting Trends:
- Cavaliers are 6-4 ATS in their last10.
- Clippers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Central.
- Cavaliers are 7-3 in last 10 head to head.
- O/U is 3-7 in last 10 head to head matchups.
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Clearly defense will rue the day. During their 3-game win streak Cleveland ranked 10th defensively, whereas the six game LA losing streak is punctuated by the Clippers 30th defensive rank during this period.
Yet, both squads’ defensive weaknesses are their opponent’s strengths. Can LA stop the fast break and can the Cavs defend the paint? Stick with home court advantage and momentum and take the Cavaliers in a squeaker.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Cavaliers -6.5
Cavaliers win 114-107.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cavaliers 114 – Clippers 107
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