Atlanta Hawks vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 12/4/13
Los Angeles Clippers (12-6) at Atlanta Hawks (9-10)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks +2.5 -- Over/Under: 202 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers kick off their seven-game road trip with a meeting with the Atlanta Hawks tonight.
The Clippers were riding a four-game win streak into Sunday before they were stopped in their tracks by Paul George and the Pacers. Chris Paul led the team with 17 points and 10 assists while Jamal Crawford added a team-high 20 points off the bench, but the Clippers really missed the production from JJ Redick who missed his first game after fracturing his shooting hand last Friday. The coaching move to insert Willie Green into the starting lineup instead of Jamal Crawford didn't work against the Pacers, but I suspect that coach Rivers will elect to stick with the plan so that he always has instant scoring off the bench.
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Meanwhile, the Hawks have lost five of their last six and their last two straight after falling to the Spurs by 102-100 on Monday. Jeff Teague led the team with 19 points and seven assists, while Al Horford added 18 points, but while the Hawks battled the Spurs tightly for the entire game, it all came down to the last second where Tim Duncan stole the game with a game-winning jumper to cap a historic night of 23 points and 21 rebounds. With the win, Atlanta fall to 9-10 on the season and 4-7 on the road where they've lost their last three straight.
In ATS trends, the Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games against a team with a losing record, while the Hawks are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games following a loss and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record.
I don't know what's happening with all these hand injuries in the NBA all of a sudden, but the Clippers were hit hard when they learned they lost Redick for 6-8 weeks. The Hawks have also had to play without their sharpshooter in Kyle Korver, but wins were few and far in between when he was there anyway, so there's no excuse for them to be under .500 after 19 games. It's tough to pick a winner between these two sides, but I with CP3 back on the court, I have to lean with the Clippers in what should be a close game.