Clippers (39-18, 17-10 road) at 76ers (38-17, 21-5 home)
- Time: 4PM PST – 6PM CST – 7PM EST
- Place: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
- TV: ESPN | Bally Sports SoCal | NBC Sports Philadelphia
The Clippers end a trio of three Eastern Conference road games with the ESPN matchup against the 76ers. This is a matchup of two streaking basketball teams as the Clippers have won seven in a row and 13 out of 15 while the Sixers have won three in a row and six out of eight.
The Clippers are three games off the Utah Jazz for first place in the Western Conference and they are three head of the 4-seed Denver Nuggets. Philadelphia took a one-game advantage for first in the East with Wednesday night’s victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
The 76ers have won two in a row in the series as well as two in a row at home.
Los Angeles took a 122-112 win over Philadelphia on March 27 as Kawhi Leonard and Paul George combined for 52 points (28/24) and Terance Mann had a season-high 23 for the Clippers. Tobias Harris paced the 76ers as he led all scorers with 29 points.
- Los Angeles Clippers – Patrick Beverley (hand), Serge Ibaka (foot) – OUT; Kawhi Leonard (foot) – Day to Day
- Philadelphia 76ers – Tobias Harris (knee), Dwight Howard (knee) – Day to Day; George Hill (thumb) – OUT
Clippers (33-23-1 ATS):
- The Clippers are 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 games
- The OVER has been the play in 4 of the Clippers’ last 6 games
- The Clips are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games vs. the 76ers
76ers (30-22-3 ATS):
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia’s last 6 games
- The 76ers are 16-4 SU in their last 20 games
- The UNDER has been the call in 4 of the 76ers’ last 5 games
Last Time Out
Reggie Jackson hit a three with 2.3 seconds remaining as the Clippers rallied from 11 points down to defeat the Pistons, 100-98 on Wednesday night in Detroit. LA played without Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Serge Ibaka, and Marcus Morris, who were all out due to load management and injury issues. Jackson hit a three-pointer some 17 seconds earlier which tied the game.
Joel Embiid had 39 points and 13 rebounds as Philadelphia defeated Brooklyn, 123-117, in Philly on Wednesday. Tobias Harris scored 13 of his 26 points in the second quarter as Philadelphia opened a double-digit lead. The Nets reserves rallied to cut this game into single digits before Ben Simmons and Embiid reentered the game to make sure Philadelphia posted the win.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Clippers||+3 (-110)||+120||O 220.5 (-110)|
|76ers||-3 (-110)||-140||U 220.5 (-110)|
*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook
Load management is on the minds of most around the NBA and Kawhi Leonard of the Clippers feels like he should be on the Mount Rushmore for load management. He is listed as day-to-day as he has missed three games in a row coming into tonight’s game. Paul George and Marcus Morris continue to play at a high level for Los Angeles as George is averaging 34.3 points in his last four games and he is shooting 55.1 percent over this four.
Morris’s leadership is a key as well for the Clips as he has averaged 12 points and five boards in his last four, but he stays on the floor and is often in a director’s mode. The Clippers will need their Big Three in order to pull off the win this evening.
Key Clippers Stat:
This Clippers’ three-point game can be trouble here for Philadelphia. The Clips’ 13 games of over 50 percent from three and they are 20-2 when they make at least 16 three-pointers. Los Angeles continues to lead the NBA with a 41.8 field goal percentage, but the Sixers make it tough to find triples and allow a 35.7 percent margin for opponents (35.7%).
The Clippers like quick starts out of the locker room after halftime as they lead the NBA in three-point percentage in the third quarter (43%-3) while averaging 29.3 points (4th) and shoot 49.3 percent (6th) in that third 12 minutes.
When this comes into the most general game statement, it is the 76ers’ defense vs. the Clippers offensive guns. Philadelphia has been even better vs. the three-ball in the last four games as opponents have made only 25-of-99 (24.9%) shots. Embiid in the middle allows for the guards to be more aggressive on the perimeter as they know they have the NBA’s top shot-blocker this side of Rudy Gobert tending the paint.
Philadelphia averages 6.3 blocks per game with Embiid checking in with 1.5 and defensive stopper Matisse Thybulle contributing 1.0.
Key 76ers Stat:
The value of Tobias Harris is insurmountable for the 76ers as, according to stat head analytics, Harris has topped 15 points in a half on 14 occasions and Philadelphia has a 23-6 record in the 29 games where he has scored 20-plus points.
Depth is always key whether it is in a single game or in the playoffs. Philadelphia had 45 points earlier this week in its win over the Mavericks. The bench accounts for 40.8 percent of the 76ers points, fourth in the league.
Winner: 76ers (-3) 116, Clippers 111