Bucks vs. Clippers - 12/13/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers (16-6) at Milwaukee Bucks (11-12)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Bradley Center)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks +5 -- Over/Under: 207.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSW2, FSWI
The Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks play Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
The Los Angeles Clippers have won nine of their last 10 games and wrap up a three-game road trip. On the season, the Clippers are averaging 106.4 points on 48.2 percent shooting and are allowing 99.6 points on 45 percent shooting. Blake Griffin leads LA with 23.7 points and 7.7 rebounds while Chris Paul is averaging 18 points and 10.1 assists. Jamal Crawford is shooting 45.1 percent from the field and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 12.6 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Clippers are back in their offensive groove, shooting 37 percent from downtown in their last five games and scoring 100-plus points in 11 of their last 13 games. However, the Clippers are coming off a loss Friday where they shot just 42.7 percent from the field and turned the ball over 18 times.
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The Milwaukee Bucks have lost five of their last six games and will use these games to prove their true colors. On the season, the Bucks are averaging 98.8 points on 45.6 percent shooting and are allowing 100.5 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Brandon Knight leads the Bucks with 17.2 points and 5.7 assists while Jabari Parker is averaging 12.5 points and 5.7 rebounds. Giannis Antetokounmpo is grabbing 5.9 rebounds per game and O.J. Mayo is shooting 39.5 percent from the field. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting the ball well but are allowing 108.4 points on 50.4 percent shooting in their last five games. The Bucks relied on their defense early on and for good reason considering they’re 2-10 SU this season when allowing 100-plus points. The Bucks must return back to their roots in order to win games.
The Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Central and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Bucks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 vs. Western Conference. The Clippers are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Milwaukee and 14-6-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings overall.
Again, I'm not 100 percent sold on the Clippers and usually fade favorites on the road that are playing a back-to-back game. The Bucks have been solid against good comp and should wake up for this game given the circumstances. I'm taking the Bucks and the free points.