Two teams from different conferences currently on opposing conferences currently on opposite trajectories are clashing, when the struggling and injury-plagued Los Angeles Clippers (8-15), are hosting the Washington Wizards (14-11), who want to extend their current winning streak.
Date/Time: 12-09-2017, 15:30 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Clippers +2.5
Clippers have an 8-15 record (9-14 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 11th place of the West. They have four consecutive losses and in their last game they lost at home against Minnesota with a 107-113 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Blake Griffin with 23.6 ppg, adding 7.9 rebounds per game but he is out with an injury. He is followed by Lou Williams with 19 ppg, while Austin Rivers adds 14.7 ppg.
Wizards have a 14-11 record (14-11 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 7th place of the East. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won on the road against Phoenix with a 109-99 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Bradley Beal with 23.8 ppg, adding 4.1 rebounds. He is followed by John Wall with 20.3 ppg and a team high 9.2 assists per game but he is out with an injury.
In their two meetings last season, each team managed to win at home (Wizards by 7 points and Clippers by 9 points). Clippers are 4-7 at home so far this season, while Wizards are 8-6 on the road. Wizards are better both offensively, scoring 106.2 ppg to Clippers’ 105, and defensively, allowing 103.6 ppg to Clippers’ 107.7. Wizards also have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 45.7% to Clippers’ 45.2% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 36.6% to Clippers’ 35.5%. They are also better in assists made, with 21.9 to Clippers’ 20.4 and in turnovers committed (14 to 15.3), while Clippers are only slightly better in rebounding, grabbing 42.9 to Wizards’ 42.5. Clippers are struggling with their recent injuries and Vegas odds give Wizards a -2.5 spread which they are expected to beat for another road victory this evening.
Washington Wizards vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction: Washington Wizards -2.5 (-110)
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