Brooklyn Nets vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 2/21/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Brooklyn Nets vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Sunday, February 21, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Brooklyn (+4.5)
The Brooklyn Nets (19-12) are headed to STAPLES Center on Sunday where they'll take on the Los Angeles Clippers (22-9). Brooklyn opens this contest as 4.5-point dogs. The total is set at 241.
The Brooklyn Nets faced off with the Los Angeles Lakers and walked away with a win by a score of 109-98 in their last game. Brooklyn wrapped up the contest having earned a 49.4% field goal percentage (38 of 77) and made 18 of their 39 shots from downtown. When they shot from the free throw line, the Nets converted 15 of 24 shots for a percentage of 62.5%. Pertaining to grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 39 with 8 of them being offensive. They also dished out 23 dimes in this matchup in addition to getting 9 steals and 3 blocked shots. When discussing defense, Brooklyn allowed their opponent to shoot 48.2% from the field on 40 out of 83 shooting. Los Angeles totaled 21 assists and had 7 steals for this contest. Additionally, the Lakers grabbed 39 rebounds (10 offensive, 29 defensive) and had 4 blocked shots. Los Angeles went 71.4% from the charity stripe by making 10 of 14 shots. They converted 8 out of their 30 shots from distance.
James Harden is a player who was a contributor for the contest. He ended up walking away with 23 points on 7 of 15 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 37:38 mins and also pulled down 5 boards. Harden walked away from this one shooting 46.7% from the field and recorded 11 dimes. An additional guy that played a role in the game for the Nets was Joe Harris. He grabbed 5 boards and also earned 2 dimes. He finished the contest at 70.0% from the floor in this contest by shooting 7-of-10 (21 points). When all was said and done, Harris played for 30:09 minutes.
Brooklyn comes into this contest with a win-loss mark of 19-12 on the season. They turn it over 15.0 times per contest and as a team are committing 19.4 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Brooklyn is snagging 43.7 rebounds per contest and has tallied 838 assists on the year, which ranks 1st in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Nets are shooting 40.9% on shots beyond the perimeter (471 of 1,151) and 81.7% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 121.3 points per outing (1st in the league) while shooting 50.2% from the field. When they are on the defensive end, the Nets are forcing their opponents into 12.5 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.2 personal fouls. The Nets defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 46.8% (386 of 594) and they surrender 42.7 boards per game as a squad. They are 26th in the league in giving up assists with 774 conceded so far this year. They are conceding 36.1% on shots from distance while they are 28th in the league in PPG allowed (117.3).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Los Angeles Clippers got the win with a final of 116-112 against the Utah Jazz. The Clippers snagged 34 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 45 for the matchup. They blocked 4 tries while getting 5 steals for the game. The Jazz were called for 22 fouls in this matchup which got the Clippers to the free throw line for a total of 22 shots. They were able to bury 20 of those for a percentage of 90.9%. In the matter of shooting from beyond the arc, Los Angeles converted 10 of 30 attempts (33.3%). When the final whistle was blown, the Clippers went 43 for 89 from the field which had them at 48.3%. The Clippers permitted the Jazz to bury 41 of their 86 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 47.7% for the matchup. They wrapped up this game 35.3% from distance by going 12 out of 34 and finished the contest at 18 of 21 at the free throw line (85.7%). When discussing rebounding, Los Angeles permitted Utah to snag 38 overall (6 on the offensive glass).
Kawhi Leonard ended up having an impact for the Clippers for the matchup. He made 10 out of 24 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 41.7%, which had him sitting at 29 points. Leonard collected 5 rebounds in his 37:50 minutes of time on the hardwood and earned 4 dimes for the game. One more player that was important for Los Angeles was Patrick Beverley. He was able to score 17 points in 24:45 mins on the hardwood via 5 out of 7 from the floor in the game. Beverley finished going 71.4% from the field while earning 2 assists and 2 boards.
Los Angeles has a mark of 22-9 so far this year. The Clippers are committing 19.1 fouls per contest and they connect on 84.4% from the free throw line. Their rate of earning assists is at 24.3 times per contest (18th in the league) and they turn it over 13.2 times per game. Los Angeles has accumulated 3,579 pts on the season (115.5 per contest) and they collect 44.0 boards per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Clippers are shooting 48.5% from the field, which ranks 4th in basketball. The Clippers on defense are ranked 5th in the NBA in points allowed per contest with 108.7. They give up 23.1 assists and 41.3 rebounds every game, ranking them 5th and 2nd in the league. The Los Angeles defense gives up 35.4% on shots from beyond the arc (366 of 1,033) and their opponents are knocking down 79.6% of their free throw shots. They are forcing 13.5 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 46.5% from the floor (15th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Brooklyn (+4.5)
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