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(19-7) Los Angeles Clippers vs. Miami Heat (7-19)
Date: Friday December 16 25
Time:8:00 PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: Clippers -6.5
NBA Betting Odds: Off
NBA Betting Total: 206.5
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They might not get as much attention as other teams but the Clippers are among the better teams in the league and have the record to prove it.
Miami has struggled all season as they transition to…what I am not totally sure.
It if Friday night so there might be better things to do than follow this one intently.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers greatest crime may be that they are not the Warriors. Still they are a very good team ranking in the top 8 in both points scored and allowed.
In their last game DeAndre Jordan scored a career high 22 points, but it will be hard to expect a repeat performance when he goes up against another quality center in Hassan Whiteside.
PG Chris Paul remains the engine of LA. He is second on the team in scoring and shooting the ball better from deep than he has in a while. He is also averaging more than 5 rebounds which is an indicator to me that he might be more engaged this season.
Blake Griffin is the team’s leading scorer at 21ppg. The Clips have a pretty balanced attack though. The key for Griffin is just staying healthy.
Austin Rivers, the coach’s son is seeing more and more playing time. At least he is earning those minutes though, he scored a team high 25 points in their win on Wednesday at Orlando.
I am not sure if it is a maturity thing but the Clippers seem less concerned with notoriety these days. Less Lob City and more Just Win Baby. Their ATS record in nothing special.
With Dwayne Wade gone the Heat knew things were going to change. I just think they thought they were still going to be decent when in actuality they are bad.
I like Hassan Whiteside inside and he is productive but he is still pretty limited as an offensive option. If you needed a bucket you can’t make him your first option and he struggles from the line. The output is there but it does not always come when you need it.
Goran Dragic is a nice player and he leads the team in scoring at 18ppg. He is a complimentary piece though, not a star.
I think the same goes for the trio of Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson and Justise Winslow. All of them have solid games but I don’t see any graduating to that next level. They are good defensive players though and the effort is there.
Luke Babbitt and Dion Waiters might not play in this one. Both are really struggling with their shooting, less than 40% all the way around.
Whiteside is big in the middle but the rest of this team in really small. You would think that might make them a good shooting team, especially from deep, but that has not been the case.
There is not a lot to like about this Miami team right now.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 5-0 in Clippers last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Over is 4-0 in Clippers last 4 Friday games.
- Over is 4-0 in Clippers last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
- Under is 4-0 in Heat last 4 Friday games.
- Heat are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Heat are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Free Los Angeles Clippers vs. Miami Heat NBA Prediction:
No line yet but you can expect the Clippers to be decent favorites, even on the road. Miami is a hard team to back in most situations. Their brand is probably fading.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Clippers ATS
The only way for Miami to really have a chance is of the Clips rest some of their guys or for Whiteside to really dominate on the inside.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Los Angeles 108 – Miami 95
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