The Washington Wizards will travel to Southern California to take on the Los Angeles Clippers in a matinee on Saturday. It’s time to continue our NBA odds series with a Wizards Clippers prediction and pick.
The Wizards lost 141-128 to the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena in their last contest. Kyle Kuzma led the Nuggets with 24 points while shooting 9 for 16 from the floor, including 4 for 8 from threes. Meanwhile, Monte Morris added 20 points and seven assists. Will Barton came off the bench and scored 22 points. Ultimately, the Wizards had to do without Kristaps Porzingis and Bradley Beal. Porzingis has a back injury and Bradley has a hamstring injury.
The Clippers lost 111-95 at home to the Phoenix Suns in their last matchup on Thursday. Terance Mann led the clips with 22 points while shooting 8 for 14 from the floor. In addition, he pulled down 11 rebounds and dished out four assists. Marcus Morris Sr. added 14 points and had seven rebounds. Likewise, John Wall had 12 points but only shot 5 for 15 from the field. The Clippers were without Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Norman Powell and Reggie Jackson. George was out with a knee injury, Leonard was resting, and Powell and Jackson were also out with ailments.
The Wizards recently stumbled, losing eight in a row. Also, they are only 3-11 this season. The Clippers are 5-5 over 10 games and 9-7 at home. Significantly, the two teams met just a week ago when the Clippers defeated the Wizards 114-107 at Capital One Arena. George led the charge with 36 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Leonard also added 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Kuzma led the Wizards with 35 points and 12 rebounds. In addition, Porzingis added 30 points and 15 rebounds. The bank collected only seven points together. Amazingly, the Clippers have won 14 straight home games against the Wizards.
Here are the Wizards-Clippers NBA odds, courtesy of FanDuel
NBA Odds: Wizards Clippers Odds
Washington Wizards: +6.5 (-110)
Los Angeles Clippers: -6.5 (-110)
Above: 221.5 (-110)
Below: 221.5 (-110)
Why the wizards were able to cover the spread
The Wizards are a top-heavy team. Ultimately they have three great players who can shoot and score at any time. But the rest of her team is struggling to do anything. As a result, no one above the top three averages more than 12 points per game.
Beal is averaging 22.9 points per game while shooting 52.2 percent from the floor. Additionally, he hands out 5.4 assists per game. Porzingis averages 22.6 points per game while shooting 48.1 percent from the field. He also averages 8.9 rebounds per game. Kuzma averages 21.4 points per game while shooting 46.2 percent from the floor. He also pulls 7.5 rebounds per game.
The Wizards are 19th in points, 13th in field goal percentage, and 18th in 3-point shot percentage. Meanwhile, Washington is 23rd from the free throw line. But the Wizards are good on the boards and rank 12th in rebounds. Likewise, they don’t turn the ball much and rank sixth in turnovers. Washington also excels on defense, ranking third in blocked shots.
The casters will cover the spread if they can use their strengths. Essentially, they need Beal and Porzingis back to have a legitimate shot at covering the spread and maybe stealing this one from the Clippers. Washington will stay in this game if they can dominate the boards, handle the ball carefully and block shots.
Why the Clippers could cover the spread
The Clippers are struggling to stay healthy. Therefore, it hampered their performances and they could not stay in the upper echelons of the NBA.
George averages 23.5 points per game while shooting 44.8 percent from the floor. He’s also pulling down 6.3 rebounds per game. Powell is averaging 14.8 points per game while shooting 45.9 percent from the field. Consequently, Leonard has not performed since his return. He averages 13.7 points per game while shooting 44.1 percent from the floor. He also pulls 5.8 rebounds per game. Morris averages 13.6 points per game while shooting 44.6 percent from the field. Meanwhile, Jackson is averaging 12.6 points per game.
The Clippers are ranked 27th in points, 22nd in field goal percentage, and 12th in shooting from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, the Clippers are only ranked 25th from the free throw line. The clips also rank ninth on the boards. Conversely, they are 23rd in turnovers and 18th in blocked shots.
The Clippers will cover the spread if George plays and Leonard can contribute with a more effective performance. Likewise, the rest of the team must follow suit and make the most of their abilities.
Final Wizards-Clippers Prediction & Selection
The Clippers are the better team and can dominate every night. Therefore, when George and Leonard are both playing, they can take care of the wizards. Expect the winning streak against the Wizards to continue and Los Angeles to cover the odds.
Final Wizards-Clippers Prediction & Selection: Los Angeles Clippers: -6.5 (-110)