As the Staples Center gets ready to host the Grammy Awards this Sunday and the circus that comes with the NBA All-Star game the following week, the Los Angeles Clippers are on the road for an extended excursion. This doesn't bode well for the Clips, who are not exactly known as being road warriors. That does not, however, mean they can't make someone a little money.
As part of an 11-game road trip the Clippers are in Orlando Tuesday night to take on the Magic (7 p.m. EST), and in New York Wednesday to play the Knicks (7:30 p.m. EST).
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The Clippers started 1-13 this season, but they're 18-18 since then. And that's with losing their last three in a row. If they're going to make a run at the playoffs, they've got to start making up some ground on the .500 mark. Through Monday's play LA's red-headed step-brothers trail the eighth-seeded Portland Trail Blazers by eight games in the Western Conference standings.
Helped along by Blake Griffin's 13 rebounds per game, the Clips rank fourth in the league in rebounding at +3.2 per game. But they're also shooting a miserable 69 percent from the free-throw line as a team, and they rank second-worst in the league in turnovers, coughing the ball up more than 15 times per game.
The Clippers are a decent team at home, 16-14 both SU and ATS. But they've been pretty pathetic on the road this season, winning just three of 20 games outright and going 9-10 ATS.
And on top of already missing Chris Kaman, the Clips are now without Eric Gordon (24 points per game), who's dealing with a sprained wrist. So far this season the Clippers are 2-7 SU and 4-5 ATS without Gordon.
Orlando, meanwhile, is 1-3 over its last four games and 3-5 over its last eight after falling at Boston Sunday, 91-80. The Magic shot just 34 percent from the floor vs. the Celtics and made just three of 24 shots from beyond the arc. So Orlando now sits in third place in the Southeast Division, and they're a game and a half back of Atlanta in the battle for the four seed in the East.
In the first meeting this season between these two teams the Magic jumped out to a 35-14 first-quarter lead and beat the Clippers, 94-85, in LA back in early December. The Clips shot just 38 percent from the field that night, and went 4-for-23 from long range. And as the teams combined to go 33 out of 51 from the line, the game played ‘under’ its posted total of 191.
Los Angeles Clippers at Orlando Magic Betting Odds
As of late Tuesday morning most online sportsbooks, including JustBet, WagerWeb and Superbook, are lining Orlando as a nine-point favorite for Tuesday night's game over the Clippers, with an ‘over/under’ of 202.
Clippers at Magic Betting Trends
Eight of the Clippers' last 11 games have played ‘over’ the total.
Six of Orlando's last eight home games have played ‘under’ the totals.
The Magic have beaten the Clippers eight games in a row, and have covered the point spread in seven of those games.
Clippers at Magic NBA Picks and Betting Predictions
The Clippers could be a team on the upswing, but the road will continue to be tough without Gordon and Kaman. When playing the Clips on the road, the pointspread is key; so far this season they're 1-9 SU when dogged by eight points or more on the road, but 6-4 ATS. And while they're 0-4 as a double-digit road dog, they're 3-1 ATS. So we'll take the Clippers getting 9.5 points at Orlando Tuesday night.