Atlanta vs LA Clippers Free Pro Hoops Pick
With a season as long as the one that is played in the NBA, there really is no such thing as a safe position at this stage of the season. Yes, the Atlanta Hawks and LA Clippers are both currently right in the middle of the playoff mix, but both teams have had issues that could easily see them go on a poor run that could drop them out of things. The Hawks certainly seem as though they are the more fragile of the two teams, which makes their current west coast road trip all the more important. They will have back to back games in the Staples Center on Friday and Saturday, with the Lakers and Clippers on tap. It’s never easy to win back to back games on the road, and as a NBA lines bettor, this one may be a case of deciding which game, if any, the Hawks are more likely to win.
How To Bet The Atlanta Hawks Vs LA Clippers NBA Odds, TV & Game Info
Why bet on the Atlanta Hawks
This time last year, the Hawks (33-28) were starting to open up a lead at the top of the Eastern Conference that no-one could touch. Things have not been as good for them this year, though, and while they are currently sitting in the 5th spot, they are only 2.5 games ahead of the surging Washington Wizards in 9th. This 5-game road trip got off to a losing start in Oakland, but the Hawks have to be somewhat pleased with how hard they pushed Golden State, as it took OT for the Warriors to finally come up with the 109-105 win. That took the Hawks road record to 14-16 on the year, but you have to believes that they can take a step back towards .500 with a similar performance on Saturday night. The Hawks are averaging 102.3 PPG, and are giving up 99.8 PPG.
Why bet on the LA Clippers
The whole incident with Blake Griffin seems to have been put in the past, as the Clippers (40-20) are now on a positive run that has seen them win their last 3 games. Their last win was a particularly good one, as they were able to take out the high-flying Oklahoma City Thunder 103-98. Life without Griffin has not been as devastating as many thought it would be, and you have to wonder what they will do with him once this season draws to a close. For now, the Clippers will look to keep on winning, and will be looking to improve upon their impressive 21-10 record on home court. The Clippers are averaging 104.9 PPG, and are giving up 100.2 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
As I said earlier, it’s hard to win back to back games on the road in this league. Since I think the Hawks will take out the Lakers on Friday night, I believe that means they will drop one to the Clippers on Saturday.
Atlanta Hawks 100 LA Clippers 103