Milwaukee Bucks vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 1/27/14
Los Angeles Clippers (31-15) at Milwaukee Bucks (8-35)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 27, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Bradley Center)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks +9 -- Over/Under: 198.5 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers conclude their road trip in Milwaukee on Tuesday night as they square off against the Bucks.
Head to head, the Clippers are 13-5-1 ATS in the last 19 meetings while the home team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The Bucks are 24-49 ATS in their last 73 home games, 3-11 ATS in their last 14 vs. Western Conference and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The Clippers on the other hand 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference.
If you didn't know, you'd would swear that Chris Paul was still playing for the Los Angeles Clippers, that's how well they've been playing lately. The Clippers finish up their seven-game road trip tonight in Milwaukee and they have a chance to finish with an impressive 5-2 record, which now now makes it 8-3 since Paul went down with a shoulder injury at the start of the new year. LA has actually increased their scoring average without the All-Star point guard as they have averaged 110.6 points over their last 10 games, which includes a 126 outburst against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Milwaukee Bucks come into tonight's contest with the league's-worst record and they are only team yet to reach double-figures in the win column, with just the eight victories thus far. Simply put, the Bucks are a mess and while they did take down Detroit at home recently, that was their only win of 2014 so far and nine of their past 11 losses have come by double-digits. Oh, and did I mentioned that Milwaukee has failed to cover the spread in 49 of their last 73 games at the Bradley Center.
There are only two scenarios where I see the Bucks covering the spread against the Clippers tonight. One being if the Clippers come out sloppy on the final game of their road trip or if the Bucks show up and play one of their rare good games. In any case, I'm not backing a Milwaukee squad that has dropped nine of their past 12 games by 10 points or greater. Let's hope the Clipps aren't too tired and they cap their trip off with a double-digit victory...
Dan’s Pick: Los Angeles -9
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