Los Angeles Clippers vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 2/9/14
Philadelphia 76ers (15-36) at Los Angeles Clippers (35-18)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers look to continue their dominance at home when they welcome the Philadelphia 76ers to town.
The 76ers have lost eight of their last nine and will be looking to snap a five-game losing streak after getting thumped by the Lakers 112-98 on Friday. Tony Wroten led seven players in double figures with 16 points, Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes added 15 points apiece and the 76ers made 15 of 32 three pointers, but it still wasn't enough to get past the resurgent Lakers. We already knew that Philadelphia are ranked dead last in the league in points allowed but it was made more obvious than ever as Steve Nash, the oldest player in the league was able to put in a vintage performance and score a game-high 19 points.
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On the other hand, the Clippers have lost three of their last five but are coming off a 118-105 win over the rising Raptors thanks to 36 points from Blake Griffin who became the first player in the Clippers' history with three consecutive games of 30 or more points. Jamal Crawford had a bad shooting night but still contributed 21 points while DeAndre Jordan added 18 points as the Clippers poured in 67 points in the first half before cruising to victory and improve to 35-18 on the season and 21-4 at home.
In ATS trends, the 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games but just 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall, while the Clippers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a win and 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a win of more than 10 points.
Head to head, the 76ers are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings overall but a healthy 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Los Angeles.
The Clippers have opened as 15-point favorites in this game which seems fair, but still too hefty to have any value. With the way Griffin has been playing lately, there's no real reason why the Clippers shouldn't win and cover the massive spread but I just can't bring myself to lay that many points in an NBA game.