The Los Angeles Clippers invade the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse to battle the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.
The Los Angeles Clippers have been in pretty good shape as they’ve won seven of their last 10 games overall and they will be aiming for a sixth straight victory after taking down the Hawks in a 120-113 road win last night. Kawhi Leonard led the team with 32 points, eight rebounds and four assists, Paul George added 23 points with seven rebounds and six assists while Ivica Zubac chipped in with 18 points on six of nine shooting. As a team, the Clippers shot 52 percent from the field and 19 of 39 from the 3-point line as they exploded for 36 points in the second quarter to take control of the contest, before they poured in another 36 points in the fourth quarter to escape with the gritty win.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been in a bit of a rut as they’ve lost four of their last six games and they will be hoping to bounce back after getting beaten by the Thunder in a 112-100 road loss on Friday. Darius Garland led the team with 31 points and 13 assists, Evan Mobley added 23 points with 11 rebounds and two blocks while Jarrett Allen chipped in with 13 points and nine rebounds. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 44 percent from the field and eight of 29 from the 3-point line as they held the Thunder to just 20 points in the second quarter to take the lead into halftime, only to get blown away by 65-46 in the second half as they just had no answer for the Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander who torched them for 35 points. Caris LeVert had a night to forget as he finished with just two points on one of 12 shooting.
Looking at the betting trends, the Clippers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record. The Cavaliers are 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 Sunday games and 18-8-1 ATS in their last 27 home games.
Head to head, the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings overall, the Clippers are 6-14 ATS in the last 20 meetings in Cleveland and the Clippers are 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings overall.
The Clippers could be shorthanded again as Robert Covington is out due to personal reasons while John Wall is out with an abdominal strain. The Cavaliers are keeping eyes on Kevin Love and Donovan Mitchell who are both listed as questionable for this one. The Clippers are coming into this one as the team in better shape, they’ve got all their key players healthy and they looked good in last night’s win over the Hawks. The Cavaliers really struggle without Mitchell in the lineup and I think we’re going to see more of the same if he isn’t available here, so I’ll lean towards the Clippers in a close one.