LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (36-17)
at PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (22-27)
Tip-off: Monday, 7:00 p.m. ET
Line: Los Angeles -5, Total: 185
The Clippers are looking for back-to-back wins as they wrap up their eight-game road trip on Monday against a surging Philadelphia squad.
The Sixers enter the game having won four of their past five contests (SU and ATS), but the one defeat was to the only team above .500 during this stretch, the Indiana Pacers. And in that loss, Philly scored a pathetic 69 points in a 19-point blowout. The Clippers, on the other hand, just defeated the Knicks on the road on Sunday afternoon, winning 102-88 behind a dominant performance from Chris Paul. But they are just 3-4 (SU and ATS) on the current road swing. L.A. is 3-2 ATS in its past five games against Philadelphia, but the 76ers are 6-3 SU versus the Clips since 2008. Los Angeles SF Caron Butler (back) is questionable for the game, while Philly SF Thaddeus Young (hamstring) remains out of the lineup.
Can the Clippers end their long road trip on a high note? For the answer, connect to NBA Best Bets for all the Expert picks throughout the entire 2012-13 season. For NBA Best Bets, the experts are a collective 26-13 ATS (67%) in the past six days and are 42-25 ATS (63%) in the month of February. StatFox Scott is 12-1 ATS (92.3%) since Feb. 3, improving his record to an impressive 57% ATS (82-62-1) for the season. StatFox Gary is 5-2 ATS (83%) over the past six days, while StatFox Brian is 6-4 ATS (60%) over this same timeframe. For NBA Totals, the experts are an outstanding 40-25-1 (62%) in the past 17 days with Gary at 16-6 (73%) and Brian going 13-8-1 (62%) since Jan. 25. For the season, Scott is a whopping 57% (73-56) in Totals, while Gary is a profitable 53.2% (67-59-4).
Clippers star PG Chris Paul looked awful against Miami on Friday (3 points on 1-of-5 FG, 2 assists, 3 turnovers in 20 minutes), but completely broke down New York on both ends of the floor on Sunday with 25 points, seven assists, six rebounds and four steals. Los Angeles also got an excellent performance out of PG Blake Griffin, who went to work with 17 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. The biggest contributions for the Clippers came off the bench from SG Jamal Crawford, PG Eric Bledsoe and SF Grant Hill. Crawford led the team with 27 points (12-of-22 FG), Bledsoe had 13 points on a perfect 6-of-6 FG with three blocks and a game-high +20 rating. Hill didn't score, but his contributions came on the defensive end, playing a major hand in slowing down New York's lone scoring threat, Carmelo Anthony, in the fourth quarter and finishing with a +10 rating.
The Sixers are coming off an 11-point win over the Bobcats at home and now have this game against the Clippers to wrap up an eight-game homestand before they hit the road to play Milwaukee. PG Jrue Holiday continued his brilliant play this season with a 20-point, 7-assist performance in Saturday's win. Holiday is averaging 18.8 PPG, 7.6 APG, 4.4 RPG and 1.8 SPG over the past five games. Holiday wasn’t the story for the Sixers though, as PF Lavoy Allen (6.7 PPG, 5.6 RPG) turned in 14 points to go along with a career-high 22 rebounds. Allen’s work on the glass included 11 offensive boards and was one of the main reasons the Sixers won the game, as each team struggled to score the basketball and needed every chance they could get. SF Evan Turner also had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while adding four assists and a game-high +22 rating. This was quite a jump from his previous four games when he scored just 5.0 PPG on 9-of-35 FG (26%).