Los Angeles Clippers - Charlotte Bobcats
Here’s an early prediction for 2014: the Los Angeles Clippers can be really good. If, that is, they can unify themselves behind Doc Rivers system and start playing to their strengths rather than exposing their weaknesses.
LA’s other team are currently 12.00 to win the championship but their defensive efficiency - seen as a work in progress - is just a notch behind Miami’s. They also boast the eighth-most efficient offense, another area where a few less bad shots per game could make all the difference.
But they need to heed the lessons, typified by their 107-88 defeat to the Phoenix Suns which ended 2013 with a 21-12 record following three losses out of four. There’s been too much inconsistency, too many problems breaking opponents’ rhythm and excessive ups and downs from DeAndre Jordan of late. A few tweaks, and the potential is there.
They catch a break on New Year’s Day when they host the Charlotte Bobcats who have lost four out of five and who are a measly 6-8 on the road. The Cats have also dropped 16 straight to Western Conference opponents. However, they’re not losing by much and although the Clippers should come up trumps, the generous handicap of +10.5 is appealing.
Washington – Dallas
The Dallas Mavericks have picked up the pace with three wins out of four, all on the road, which should bode well for their Wednesday trip to the Washington Wizards.
The capitol crew have claimed five out of seven with John Wall capable of burning Monta Ellis and scoring over 20 for the eighth consecutive night.
However, Dallas’ victories have all been against quality opponents and they’re good value at 2.08 for the win in a game that could soar over the total points line of 205.5, available at 1.90.
Go over the total points line of 195.5 in LA Clippers-Charlotte at 1.92
Follow Mark Woods’ NBA betting tips every day