Suddenly it’s the Los Angeles Clippers who have surged to the best record in the NBA, and after 14 straight wins, is it time to get on board the bandwagon of a team who are still a massive 6.00 to win the West this season?
There’s a lot to like about the Clips who are 22-6 and, more significantly, a league-best 11-4 when going up against opponents with .500 records or better.
Much of the attention has focused on Chris Paul, who is now established as the best point guard in the league, and his tandem with Blake Griffin. But their best averages almost 43 points per game and has been a big factor in LA giving up just 91.9 points per night, the third least in the NBA.
They host Boston on Thursday night with the Celtics just 8-11 against foes with winning records this term. They demolished the slumping Nets on Christmas Day but they’ve not beaten any of the NBA’s elite since knocking off Oklahoma City 34 days ago. And their record in that spell suggests it’s wise to back the Clippers at -8.5 on the handicap for the victory. But for the title? Maybe not just yet.
Tonight’s other game sees OKC try to shake off their Yuletide loss to Miami when they host Dallas. And current form suggests the Thunder will be making all the noise despite the return of Dirk Nowitzki to the Mavericks line-up.
The former MVP had eight points in his return against San Antonio but was forced to watch as Dallas went as much as 46 down as they fell to a sixth loss in seven games. The Thunder are capable of inflicting just as much punishment so back them on the handicap in a game that should be a high scorer.
Bet of the Day: Take the Clippers on the handicap over Boston at 1.91.