Los Angeles Clippers vs. Brooklyn Nets - 11/16/13
Brooklyn Nets (2-5) at Los Angeles Clippers (6-3)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -9 -- Over/Under: 204.5 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers tangle with Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night from STAPLES Center.
Head to head, the Nets are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings while the home team is 20-6 ATS in the last 26 meetings and the underdog is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Clippers are 18-5 ATS in their last 23 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Nets on the other hand are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 16-6 ATS in their last 22 vs. NBA Pacific, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
If you hadn't noticed, the Los Angeles Clippers are really good. Coming off their impressive 111-103 victory over the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night, the Clippers improved to 6-3 overall and look like serious title contenders in the early stages of the season. Los Angeles still has plenty to improve on when it comes to the defensive side of the ball, however, you can't really fault what they have done on the offensive end, averaging an NBA-best 110 points through nine games. What's more impressive are their numbers when playing in-front of their home crowd as they have won all four games and are averaging 120.8 points in those, which is by far and away the best mark in the league.
The Brooklyn Nets, who were also expected to finish atop of their respective conference, have started out the season very sluggish winning just three of their first eight games. On the plus side, they are coming off a win last night in Phoenix as Joe Johnson hit a layup as time expired in overtime to register their first road win of the season and also snap their three-game losing streak. With a new coach and several new players in place, Brooklyn has struggled to mesh in the early going and they rank 20th in the league in both points for (95.7) and points allowed (101.1)
I just don't see how the Nets are going to keep up with a Clippers squad that is averaging a whopping 120 points per game on the season. While Brooklyn is coming off a win in Phoenix last night, I still wasn't that impressed with their performance and it's pretty clear it's going to take them a while to figure things out. The Clippers have beaten the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder by an average of 12.6 points at home so far and those teams are all head and shoulders better than the Nets right now. Really like the Clipps here...
Dan’s Pick: Los Angeles -9
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