Free NBA Pick: Clippers vs Kings Lines
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(10-2) Los Angeles Clippers vs. Sacramento Kings (4-8)
Date: Friday November 18
Time: 10:30 PM EST
Venue: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Los Angeles -7
NBA Betting Total: 205.5
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The Los Angeles Clippers came away with just their second loss of the season, after giving up 111 points to the Memphis Grizzlies.
While the Sacramento Kings also came away losers in a 110-105 point loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
Los Angeles Clippers
The L.A. Clippers were handed just their second loss of the season after giving up 111 points to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Clippers just weren’t giving their usual defensive efforts, and that came back to hurt them as the Grizzlies shot an efficient 57.7% from behind the arc.
But it wasn’t just the shooting from deep that hurt them. Instead, it was the fact that they couldn’t contain Marc Gasol and Mike Conley. Gasol went off for 26 points while shooting 4-5 from three-point territory.
An Mike Conley dropped 30 points on them, while shooting 7-9 from deep.
Those two single handedly got the Grizzlies the win. DeAndre Jordan just wasn’t able to guard Gasol, because he continued stepping out behind the arc all game.
That really hurt the teams defense because Jordan had to choose between giving up layups or giving up an open three to Marc Gasol.
The good thing is though, Demarcus Cousins is not a great three-point shooter, meaning DeAndre will be free to roam the paint instead of running out to the three-point line. That means the Clippers should also have their usual defensive efforts on show.
They’re ranked as the best defensive unit in the league, so one game shouldn’t change that. But they’ve got to come out with more effort on that end to start this game.
Last match they allowed the Grizzlies to get into a rhythm, because of that Gasol and Conley were on fire.
They cannot allow that to happen this game. Right from tipoff the teams got to be focused on shutting down Demarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay. If they can do just that, they’ll be able to pull out the win.
The Sacramento Kings made it three losses in a row after giving up 110 points to the San Antonio Spurs in their last outing. From tipoff the Kings just didn’t look to be on par with the former champions.
They got outscored through the first three quarters of play, but came back with a nice showing in the final frame of action.
But in the end, their play from the start hurt the team because they trailed all game. Whenever the Kings went on a run of their own, the San Antonio Spurs seemed to have an answer. It also didn’t help that Sacramento just couldn’t get the lid off the basket.
Only four players got into double-digit scoring totals and that really hurt the team. Besides Demarcus Cousins 26 points, the second leading scorer only had 11, while the third led with only 10.
That’s just not going to get this team many wins. Besides Demarcus Cousins, the team has had trouble finding other scoring options. That’s continued to hurt the Kings, as teams just double Demarcus Cousins forcing other players to score.
So far it’s continued to work, as no one else has been able to produce. Rudy Gay has got some really good games, but he tends to disappear in the final minutes, when the game counts most.
That cannot happen next match, as Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is going to be tasked with guarding him. That means Rudy Gay has got to continue going at him all game.
Whether that means scoring out of the post, or one on one. Rudy has got to figure out a way to produce, in order for the Kings to come out with the win.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Clippers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game
- Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games
- Clippers are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Sacramento
- Kings are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600
- Road team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings
Free Los Angeles Clippers vs. Sacramento Kings NBA Prediction: -7
The L.A. Clippers defense looks like it’s going to be too much for the Sacramento Kings. Sacramento has a tendency to rely on Demarcus Cousins a little too much.
That means Los Angeles should have an easy time getting stops against them.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick:
The Clippers stout defensive unit is just going to be too much for the Kings. So look for L.A. to come out on top in this matchup.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Los Angeles 104 – Sacramento 94
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