Los Angeles Clippers vs. Indiana Pacers - 12/1/13
Indiana Pacers (15-1) at Los Angeles Clippers (12-5)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers +1.5 -- Over/Under: 189.5 See the Latest Odds
Two of the league's elite team collide today as the Los Angeles Clippers host Paul George and the Indiana Pacers.
Head to head, the favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings while the home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The Clippers are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Central and 12-3 ATS in their last 15 Sunday games, but just 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The Pacers 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record, but just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Pacific.
Injury update: There is currently no line for this game because Chris Paul is a game-time decision with a strained hamstring he suffered in their win over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night. J.J Redick is also dealing with a sprained wrist and is not expected to play today.
Here we have a classic case of the offense versus defense as the Los Angeles Clippers come into tonight's game with the top ranked offense, averaging 106.8 points and dishing out a league-leading 25 assist per game. On the hand, the Indiana Pacers are allowing the fewest points (85.6) and assists (15.5) per game in the league and have limited opponents to 38.7 percent shooting, also an NBA best.
While the Clippers have had a strong start to the season, no one has been better than the Pacers who have won 15 of a possible 16 games. What Indiana has done on the defensive end lately has been down right scary as they have held two straight opponents under 75 points and four of their last five under 85. They have also been scoring at a high rate during their seven-game winning streak, averaging 99.3 points per game, which is three points above their season average.
I hope Chris Paul plays in this game. Regardless, I like the Pacers to come away with the victory. Los Angeles has shown they can score the ball as good as anyone in the league, but they have been mediocre on the defensive end all season long. Indiana can score when they want too, but I don't think they will need a huge scoring to get over the line.
Dan’s Pick: Indiana -1.5
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