Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 12/7/13
Los Angeles Clippers (13-7) at Cleveland Cavaliers (6-12)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers +6 -- Over/Under: 198.5 See the Latest Odds
Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers look for another road win tonight when they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Clippers were able to avoid a third straight loss on Thursday when they travelled to Memphis and beat the Grizzlies by 101-81. LA really struggled to get their offense going early on, which led to them scoring just 40 points in the first half, but they flipped the game on it's head with a strong second half where they outscored the Grizzlies by 61-39. Chris Paul led the way with 15 points and eight assists in just 27 minutes of play, while Darren Collison and Jamal Crawford added 15 points each off the bench. Defensively, the Clippers were fantastic, especially in the third quarter where they held the Grizzlies to just 11 points. With the win, LA improve to 13-7 on the season and 5-5 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Cavaliers were looking for a third straight win last night, but ran up against a Hawks team who shot out to a 37-20 point lead and never let up. Andrew Bynum put up a strong performance of 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Dion Waiters broke out for 30 points on 13 of 20 shooting, but Kyrie Irving missed all of his nine shot attempts and three free throws to end the game scoreless. With the loss, Cleveland fall to 6-13 on the season and 1-10 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Clippers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five against teams below .400, while the Cavs are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record and 4-14 ATS in their last 18 games following a loss.
Head to head, the Clippers are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings and 1-6 ATS in the last seven in Cleveland.
The Clippers were near their best in their latest win over the shorthanded Grizzlies, while the Cavs were near the worst their last time out, so recent form is definitely in favor of the Clippers in this one. However, for one reason or another, the Clippers have fared poorly against the spread when playing the Cavs so I'm actually taking the home team to rebound tonight and get the cover (but not the win).