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(17-21) Orlando Magic vs. Los Angeles Clippers (22-16)
Date: Sunday January 6
Time: 3:30PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers -6.5
NBA Betting Total: 217
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Orlando got off to a fast start in Minnesota on Friday night, scoring forty points in the first quarter and going up by nine. Then the offense faded; it scored just thirty-five points in the entire second half and that led to fastbreak opportunities for the Timberwolves, who won 120–103.
Going in, I was optimistic that Orlando would make some noise on the road against a banged-up Wolves’ roster. Jeff Teague returned for Minnesota and made a difference with twenty-three points in twenty-eight minutes, which allowed Tyus Jones to move to the second unit and strengthen the bench.
Jonathan Simmons was listed as questionable with an ankle but he played his usual workload off the bench, along with Mo Bamba.
Bamba is just a rookie and a young one at that; he’s only playing about seventeen minutes per game but he’s not rebounding at the rate I believe the Magic’s front office expected him to when it made him the sixth pick in the draft.
By all per minute and percentage metrics, he’s the second-best rebounder on the team, behind Nik Vucevic. But he’s closer to Aaron Gordon than he is to Vucevic.
That means there are some technical points for Bamba to focus on because size and athleticism are not the issue. That man should become the best rebounder in the entire NBA.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers snapped a mini two-game losing streak and earned their first win in 2019 with a ten-point triumph in Phoenix on Friday night.
Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams didn’t start the game but played the most minutes of anybody in the backcourt. Beverley was scoring and finished with sixteen to go along with his usual tenacious defense.
Luc Mbah a Moute was listed as day-to-day and questionable for the game but didn’t end up playing. He’s been nursing a knee injury that has held him out since the Clippers’ fifth game of the season, way back in late October.
Other than that, the Clippers are back to being healthy, which has to feel good, given the health problems they’ve gone through all throughout the last several years and even as of just a month or so ago.
This could be an opportunity to pick up a few easy wins with Orlando and Charlotte coming to town.
NBA Betting Trends:
- LAC are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Over is 8-3 in LAC last 11 vs. Eastern Conference.
- LAC are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 vs. NBA Southeast.
- Head to Head: Favorite is 21-5-2 ATS in the last 28 meetings.
- Head to Head: ORL are 7-2-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings in LA.
Free Orlando Magic vs. Los Angeles Clippers NBA Prediction: Clips win it by seven to ten.
This should be a fairly competitive game but I believe the Clippers are simply the better team in most all aspects and, playing at home, should win by a few possessions.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Clippers ATS
NBA Free Score Prediction: Orlando 101 – Clippers 109
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