Washington Wizards vs. Los Angeles Clippers Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/14/13
Los Angeles Clippers (15-9) at Washington Wizards (9-12)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards +5 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers look to cap off their seven-game road trip with a win over the Washington Wizards tonight.
The Clippers are 3-3 on their current road trip and will be looking to bounce back from their worst lost during the road trip, a 102-93 loss against the Nets. Chris Paul scored 20 points but had a season-low two assists as the Clippers really struggled on offense, especially in the second in third quarters where they were outscored by a combined 63-37. As a team, the Clippers shot just 37 percent but they were just as poor on the defensive end where they had no answer for either Brook Lopez or Andray Blatche. This game had a lot of distractions being the third road game in four nights and the first game Doc Rivers had to coach against his former team in Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, so I'm going to give the Clippers the benefit of the doubt here.
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Meanwhile, the Wizards have lost four of their last six and will be looking to avoid a fourth straight loss after falling to the Hawks by 101-99 in overtime last night. Trevor Booker led the team with 24 points and 14 rebounds, while John Wall had just 13 points with 11 assists but when the game went into overtime, it was the Hawks' Al Horford who had the last laugh as he nailed a fall away 10-foot baseline jumper to win at the buzzer. With the loss, Washington fall to 9-12 on the season and 3-8 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Clippers are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games following a loss and 7-3 ATS in their alst 10 games following an ATS loss, while the Wizards are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a loss and 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games.
Head to head, the road team is 5-2-1 ATS in the last eight meetings and the over is 6-2 in the last eight meetings in Washington.
I'm sure the Clippers can't wait to finish off this gruelling road trip and get back home to familiar surroundings, but first they have to get through the Wizards who aren't having a bad season, but are going through their struggles at the moment. Fatigue is sure to be a factor, but I can't go past the Clippers to win and cover here against a struggling Wizards team missing a couple key players.