- THE MATCHUP: Los Angeles Clippers at Philadelphia 76ers
- WHEN IS IT: Tuesday, February 11, 7:00 PM ET
- THE LOCATION: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
- TELEVISION: TNT, Fox Sports Prime Ticket
Say what you want about the Philadelphia 76ers (33-21), but they’re absolutely dominant at home, and on Tuesday night, they’ll be going for their 25th win in 27 home contests when they take on the Los Angeles Clippers (37-16) at the Wells Fargo Center.
After suffering four straight road defeats, Philadelphia would go out to win a second consecutive game on Sunday when they would claim a 118-111 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
After scoring a career-high 34 points against the Memphis Grizzlies, Sixers guard Furkan Korkmaz would continue to light up opposition with a 31-point performance against the Bulls, and doing this off of the bench.
Statistical Comparison: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Philadelphia 76ers
- Los Angeles Clippers: 115.8 PPG
- Philadelphia 76ers: 108.6 PPG
Field Goal Percentage
- Los Angeles Clippers: 46.4 FG%
- Philadelphia 76ers: 46.5 FG%
- Los Angeles Clippers: 23.9 APG
- Philadelphia 76ers: 26.1 APG
- Los Angeles Clippers: 109.7 PA
- Philadelphia 76ers: 106.3 PA
- Los Angeles Clippers: 5.0 BLK
- Philadelphia 76ers: 5.5 BLK
- Los Angeles Clippers: 7.4 STL
- Philadelphia 76ers: 8.3 STL
- Los Angeles Clippers: 48.2 RPG
- Philadelphia 76ers: 45.9 RPG
- Los Angeles Clippers: W1
- Philadelphia 76ers: W2
Last 10 Games
- Los Angeles Clippers: 7-3
- Philadelphia 76ers: 5-5
Last Five Games
- Los Angeles Clippers: at Cleveland Cavaliers (W 133-92), at Minnesota Timberwolves (L 142-115), vs. Miami Heat (W 128-111), vs. San Antonio Spurs (W 108-105), vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (W 118-106)
- Philadelphia 76ers: vs. Chicago Bulls (W 118-111), vs. Memphis Grizzlies (W 119-107), at Milwaukee Bucks (L 112-101), at Miami Heat (L 137-106), at Boston Celtics (L 116-95)
- Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers): 27.1 PPG, 46.4 FG%, 89.1 FT%
- Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers): 22.8 PPG, 46.6 FG%, 81.4 FT%
- Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers): 7.5 RPG, 6.5 DRPG, 1.0 ORPG
- Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers): 12.0 RPG, 9.3 DRPG, 2.7 ORPG
- Lou Williams (Los Angeles Clippers): 5.9 APG, 3.0 TOPG, 29.6 MPG
- Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers): 8.3 APG, 3.6 TOPG, 36.2 MPG
The stretch that Korkmaz is currently on is historic for Philadelphia as well, with his 65 combined points being the most by any 76ers bench contributor since Ron Anderson had a two-game span of 62 points — this in November 1988. Also in the last two contests, Korkmaz has been excellent from behind the arc hitting 13 three-point shots total.
“I see him becoming a better passer. You know that I am going to say this, but I like the defensive side of things and he’s emerged to be one of our key players on a pretty good team,” said Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown. “His confidence is certainly the highest since I have coached him, but I will say it again, driven out of more than just seeing him bomb away and making threes.”
The Sixers would also receive other production as well in the game against Chicago, including Joel Embiid putting up a dominant stat line of 28 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots — that, of course, accumulated for a double-double. They would also get numbers from Ben Simmons, with the Australian recording his fifth triple-double of the season with 19 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds. During his dominating performance, Embiid would put a finger to his mouth toward the crowd to try and silence Bulls fans, and needless to say, it wasn’t taken well with displeasure pouring down on the 7’0″ big man.
“Just talking to myself. I have not been playing up to my standards,” stated Embiid. “Even tonight, I didn’t shoot the ball well and I didn’t play well. Just mad at myself, just frustrated. I’ve just got to keep getting better every single day.”
For the Los Angeles Clippers, they’ll be coming into Philadelphia with a load of momentum, this after leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers in pieces on Sunday in a 133-92 win. In the entire history of the franchise of the Cavaliers, it was the worst home defeat that they would ever suffer that night.
A former member of the Philadelphia 76ers, Lou Williams would lead the Clippers against the Cavs with 25 points on the stat sheet, with Paul George behind him adding 22. In his first game with Los Angeles since the trade from New York, Marcus Morris would put up 10 points.
Against Philly, the Clippers will be completely rested and full of stamina, and this because of their performance against Cleveland where they would have a 45-point lead in the fourth quarter. As a result of the blowaway, the starters for Los Angeles were able to just kick back and relax for a good chunk of the second half.
Los Angeles Clippers
- Patrick Beverley: Out (Groin)
Against the Cavaliers, Kawhi Leonard would sit out for the 13th game of the campaign with a knee injury, however, the Clippers would have no problem whatsoever blowing Cleveland out of the water.
Los Angeles made a mammoth-sized move when they added Morris to a roster that is already loaded and deep. And evidence of this is the fact of how many injuries they’ve dealt with this season, and yet they’ve still put up an elite 37-16 record so far this season.
“A lot of our guys have not been able to play,” commented Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers. “Paul George has missed a lot. There are times when I do freak out about it, but then there’s times we’re gonna be fine. And at the end of the day, I think we’ll be fine.”
Patrick Beverley has missed the last two games due to a strained groin and he will be out of action against Philadelphia — another example of an injury-plagued season.
But again, the Los Angeles Clippers have been great this season despite this, coming into the great state of Pennsylvania with a 37-16 record, while going a winning 15-11 as a visiting team.
So, Who’s Going to Win?
The Philadelphia 76ers have been extraordinarily elite at home this season, putting up a 24-2 record at the Wells Fargo Center — one to the Miami Heat and the other to the Dallas Mavericks — but when you talk about a third loss to a third team, there aren’t many more teams that you would pick over the Los Angeles Clippers. And with the Clippers, not only could they beat them, they could easily come into Philadelphia and get the win in a cool breeze.
With the Sixers and Clips meeting for the first time in the 2019-20 campaign, you can expect the atmosphere in Philly to be electric and playoff-like. With the Clippers, they’re on a mission to prove that they’re both the kings of L.A. and the entire National Basketball Association. For the 76ers, their situation is a bit more complex, trying not to lose the narrative that they’re actual contenders for the title — something that fades away more and more everyday.
And let’s be honest here, yeah, they may have two wins in a row, but let’s go ahead and point out that both of those games were at home. And let’s also point out that both of those wins were against the lowly Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies. Wins are wins, I guess, but not everywhere is sunny in Philadelphia right now. In fact, there are major problems. (Somebody owes Jimmy Butler an apology, because he was obviously not the problem last season.)
After losing four consecutive games, the 76ers were expected to rebound with two wins against Chicago and Memphis — nothing else was acceptable in those games. So, all Philadelphia did was meet expectations. The Clippers are a completely different animal, and their incredibly elite defense on the road is going to cause headache after headache for Philadelphia all night. This will be the biggest advantage for Los Angeles against the Sixers: Defense. More leverage that they have is in the rebounding game, with the Clippers performing better on the boards than Philly has this season, and that’s saying something — nobody out-rebounds the Philadelphia 76ers. Well, Los Angeles does.
When it comes to who has the best player on the court, there’s really no debate there, and that’s what will ultimately give the Los Angeles Clippers the victory tonight. Give me Kawhi Leonard to put up big numbers and deliver the Clip Show a win in the City of Brotherly Love, and also delivering the Sixers their third home loss of the season and sending them into more media chaos that they’re not legitimate contenders — it’s been a bit of a rough season in Philadelphia. Clippers win, cover the spread and also give me the over.
BETTING PREDICTION: Los Angeles Clippers 119, Philadelphia 76ers 109