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LA Clippers vs. New Orleans,
12/02/2016 20:00 EDT,
Score: 114 - 96
Total: -110/+207 Over
The set-up: The 15-5 LA Clippers close their six-game road trip Friday night against the suddenly resurgent 7-12 New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center, coming arguably the team's most complete game of the season on Thursday night. The Clippers routed the reigning NBA champion Cavaliers 113-94 in Cleveland, snapping a three-game road losing streak. New Orleans opened 1-9 but the Pelicans are now 7-12 and their recent surge has been fueled by the team winning five in a row at home, after opening 0-5.
The LA Clippers: The Clippers played an outstanding game in Cleveland, as J.J. Redick (15.6 PPG) scored 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting, as LA had 33 assists on 42 baskets to stun the defending champion. Griffin (20.7 & 8.5) had a double-double with 13 points & 11 assists, Paul (17.9-8.9 APG) added 16 points and nine assists and Jordan (11.4 & 12.8) had nine points and 15 rebounds.The Clipps will now look to cap their road trip at 3-3 with a win in New Orleans.
New Orleans: As is the case with everything surrounding the Pelicans, it revolves around Anthony Davis (32.1 & 11.2), who is averaging 37.3 points, 13.2 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 2.3 steals in 10 contests at Smoothie King Center. Guard Jrue Holiday matched a season high with 22 points against the Lakers and New Orleans is 5-2 since he returned from a long layoff to be with his ailing wife (he’s averaged 17.1 PPG and 6.3 APG in his seven games back / just one start). "When Jrue's on the floor, it changes the dynamics of our entire team," Davis said. The Pelicans also are about to get healthier. Guard Tyreke Evans (15.2-5.2-6.6 last season), a slasher who can penetrate and dish, has missed the entire season rehabbing from knee surgery. Evans has been practicing with few restrictions and likely will return for spot duty next week, but not against the Clippers on Friday night.
The pick: The Clippers are a perfect 9-0 in games included in back-to-back sets, going 5-0 in the first game and 4-0 SU & 3-1 ATS in the second but this game could be different, off that big win over Cleveland, up against a team having won five straight at home. However, more importantly, the Clippers have scored 100-plus points in 13 of their last 15 games (not sure where that 70-point effort at Indiana on Nov. 27th came from?) and unlike in the early going of the season, the team's defense has been lax for quite some time now. The Over is a 10* play.